In recent news, Activision and Ubisoft have spoken out about their respective titles, Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed.
Activision has stated that work on the next Call of Duty game is in progress, although due to the “volatility” of Q4 of 2012, they do not expect this next CoD game to do as well as Black Ops 2. Their announcement was of no surprise to anyone at all, and is most likely going to be somewhat of a follow up to Modern Warfare 4, perhaps MW5? It feels like they need to branch out in order to keep it fresh.
The Call of Duty franchise continues to set the bar for innovation and we expect the new Call of Duty game in development for 2013 to raise that bar even higher. There is increased volatility this year due to the ongoing console transition, which makes predicting the future more challenging than during normal years in the cycle. For Call of Duty, consistent with our past practices, we are planning for the mainline release in Q4 to be down versus 2012.
The claim about innovation is one I’m iffy about, but whatever they say! It’s an ugly cycle, but at least people are still buying their games, thats got to go for something. But if they are to show this real “innovation” they’ve got to make a difference, all the CoDs feel the same.
Ubisoft have also talked about a new Assassin’s Creed game. We all thought the world was pretty much done for after Desmond’s whole fiasco, but the franchise plans to return in the form of a new setting and new hero. They’ve (Ubisoft) previously stated that the Assassin’s Creed universe can exist without Desmond, as he was just a carrier for the story that, in my opinion at least, didn’t need him at all.
The game is expected to launch sometime between April 1st 2013 to March 31st 2014.
As for the Call of Duty game, we can probably expected it to launch towards the end of this year, perhaps around the rumored launch of the next-gen consoles, maybe even on the next-gen consoles? For solid evidence we will have to wait!