With E3 just days away, we here at MMOEX are looking forward to a lot of games from a slew of publishers and developers, so, we’re going to do some small previews about games we know we’re going to see there, as well as what we would like to see from them over the course of the convention. Now, we’re going to talk about a series that is desperate need of help: Assassin’s Creed.
It’s funny when you think about it, how far the series has fallen. Now when we say “fallen” we don’t mean in terms of sales, the games still sell, but, you get the feeling that the series has tried to be less unique and more of a cash grab in recent years. The series started strong with the first two games, added to it with Brotherhood and Revelations, then took a step back in III. Black Flag brought the fun back with a lighter story and emphasis on gameplay. Rogue was mixed in the eyes of gamers, Unity was both good and bad for completely different reasons, and though Syndicate did bring back some of the charm, its reception was enough to make Ubisoft take a step back and rethink some things.
So what comes next? Well, if rumors are to be believed, the next game will be Assassin’s Creed Origins, and will apparently be set in Egypt. The question though isn’t setting, or even gameplay, it’s of importance. The problem with the series is that ever since II, the games haven’t felt important in a long while, thus fueling the “cash grab” theorists. If Ubisoft wants to make the games matter, they’ll have to bring back some of those qualities from the earlier titles.
Give us a non-convoluted story, gives us characters that will charm us and make us root for them. Give us something special that will make us fall for the series. That’s all we ask.