Questioned in a recent interview as to whether players might be tiring of the franchise given its yearly instalments, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag creative director Jean Guesdon has suggested that not only have Ubisoft proved that the franchise is relevant, but that it's got plenty of room for expansion still.
“I think we have proven that this franchise is relevant, and that it has a long way to go," he told OXM. "Our job as developers of this new opus is to surprise players and bringing fresh, different ideas, while at the same time ensuring that what makes AC such a stand-out franchise remains intact.
“With the scale and scope of the world we are building, the completely new setting, the new gameplay mechanics, and our new characters (both our hero and his supporting cast), we are definitely on track to get the job done and avoid fatigue altogether.”
Given that we're likely to see a whole bunch of interesting sandbox titles release around the same time later this year, Guesdon was asked if he's worried about the competition. However, he feels that there are enough differences between AC4 and the likes of GTA V and Ubisoft's own Watch Dogs to make for exciting rather than nervous times.
“We are actually really excited to play those games – both of their universes offer something fresh and different! But when it comes to what we’re doing, we believe our promise and setting are very different from both of those games.”