It is no secret that Ubisoft is giving the Assassin's Creed series a break so they can revolutionise and revitalise the franchise as it was suffering from fatigue, as a result of yearly iterations. Ubisoft chief Yves Guillemot wouldn't commit to a release date next year (read more here).
However it now seems that Far Cry will also be taking a break alongside Assassin's Creed.
Speaking to IGN Ubisoft's VP of editorial, Tommy François said that Assassin's Creed and Far Cry may be taking a longer than expected break.
"I'll tell you what. We believe alpha for these games needs to be one year before release," François told IGN.
"We're trying to achieve that. That's super f****** blunt, I don't even know if I'm allowed to say this. This is the goal we're going for: alpha one year before, more quality, more polish.
"So if this means biting the bullet and not having an Assassin's game, or a Far Cry in 2017, f*** it."
François added that he's referring to internal alpha builds of in-development games.
"I mean it from that perspective. We still need to have an Alpha, and we need it available as early as we possibly can, because the more time we have for this the more polish we have, the more time we can change, refine, swap systems. You just can't take shortcuts."
One theory for the extended break is that Ubisoft may be changing how their open world games play, which would fall in line with revolutionising the franchises as both Assassin's Creed and Far Cry are open world.
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