It’s undeniably one of the biggest video game franchises ever, and Assassin’s Creed has been going strong for more than ten years.
The series includes superb games like Assassin’s Creed II, and other not so great entries like Assassin’s Creed III. Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, though, is one of the finest games the franchise has offered to date, with Ubisoft announcing back then that their ancient Greece-set game had had the series’ best launch of this console generation.
So, you can imagine that the series as a whole has likely sold quite a few copies to date, especially taking into account the many spin-offs Ubisoft has released aside from the top-selling mainline games.
This puts Assassin’s Creed in the same league as other franchises such as Final Fantasy (142 million) and Need for Speed (150 million). Not bad considering that these two have been around for much longer than the hooded assassins have been stabbing templars in Ubisoft’s series.
No matter how great last year’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was, though, I still feel that perhaps Odyssey was a tad overlong, and that maybe Ubisoft should trim some of the fat and deliver a more focused game (like 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins was) with the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Kingdom.
This looks unlikely to be the case taking into account Yves Guillemot’s recent words to gamesindustry.biz, in which Ubisoft’s CEO made it clear that massive open-world games are now the way forward for the French gaming powerhouse.
It remains to be seen whether Assassin’s Creed Kingdom (or Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok as the next entry in the series could be called) will trump Odyssey both in terms of quality and sales. After all, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey beat Assassin’s Creed Unity’s, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s and the more recent Assassin’s Creed Origins’ launch sales. But if the next Assassin’s Creed turns out to be another gorgeous open-world adventure with plenty of questing and stories to enjoy, then it will surely be welcomed with open arms by Assassin’s Creed fans the world over no doubt.