Assassin’s Creed creative director Alexandre Amancio said in an interview with Eurogamer that Ubisoft would like to conclude Desomnd’s tale before December 2012.
“In Assassin’s Creed we set up a timeline with this whole end of the world plot of December 2012.”
“That’s fast approaching, and the story we have to tell, we obviously need to do it before we arrive at that point.”
“We had such a complex and strong narrative that we ourselves did our best to just try to execute these games before that date,” he added. “It would be stupid of us to be centering a game on a semi-reality and then have that conclusion happen after that date in real life.”
Amacio stated that there will be a new protagonist once they’re finished with Desmond in 2012.
“Assassin’s Creed is all about cycles – we have the Ezio cycle and the Altair cycle, and both of those are set to conclude in Revelations and we have the Desmond cycle, which is set to end on December 2012,” said Amacio. “But there’s many cycles within the brand – that’s the whole point. History is our playground.”
Amacio noted that there will be a longer development time going forward, with Ubisoft leaning towards an annual release schedule.
“We’re already structuring the way we do Assassin’s Creed, so it will no longer ever be like that,” said Amacio. “Our development approach is changing so our cycles aren’t structured the same way – so it gives us a little bit more development time.”
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will release on November 15 for PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360.