Assassin's Creed was a big risk, probably the biggest that Ubisoft had taken in a long time. But it was a risk worth taking as the game has blossomed into one of the studio's main franchises. As such, Ubisoft will be taking the annual development cycle used for the Assassin's Creed series and apply it to other franchises within their portfolio.
"What is impressive with the release year after year of Assassin's Creed is our ability to deliver every time with a high level of innovation and creativity in a large and diverse open world," said Ubi CEO Yves Guillemot.
"There is no other open world console game that is coming on a yearly basis. This is achieved through great execution by providing more resources and by putting in place a very compelling network of leads and associate studios."
"We are applying the very [same] product template to our other strong franchises to bring them back to Assassin's Creed blockbuster profitable status," he added.
Perhaps we'll be seeing more Ghost Recons and Rainbow Six games in the near future. Ironically, Ubi just delayed the launch of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, which we thought was a rather smart move on their part.