After months of rumors and speculation, Ubisoft finally unveiled the last-gen Assassin’s Creed title earlier this month. Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be available only for the PS3 and Xbox 360 when it comes out on November 11th. The company is also working on a next-gen only AC title, Assassin’s Creed Unity, which is scheduled to launch on October 28th. We weren’t exactly sure why Ubisoft wanted to develop separate titles for the two generations of consoles, but it looks like they won’t be making any more games for the PS3 and Xbox 360 after 2015. “What we see is that this year is still fine for the PS3 and 360, but next year because they are selling very quickly, we’ll move to the new hardware,” CEO Yves Guillemot told Game Informer. He also added that “after 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those systems.”
After reading that statement, Ubisoft’s decision of making each AC title exclusive to one console generation makes a bit more sense. Assassin’s Creed Unity is the first game in the series to be developed for next-gen only and I’m thinking that the company now wants to test out the water and see how it does. If it sells well – and it should – then there should be little reason for them to make last-gen games in the near future. I’m sure they would have stopped doing it this year, but there’s still a very large amount of people who haven’t switched to the Xbox One and PS4 yet. Assassin’s Creed Rogue may very well be Ubisoft’s way of saying that these people still matter to them. But for how long?
Well, only for about a year or so judging by Guillemot’s statement. This is sad news for Xbox 360 and PS3 owners who were hoping that their consoles may continue to be relevant for at least a few more years. The switch between generations is definitely happening faster than anticipated this time around and it looks like developers like Ubisoft are totally ok with that.