Instead of fury or sadness, I feel relief. Assassin’s Creed had me fascinated with the first game in 2007, but to say that I think it ever reached anywhere near its potential would be a lie.
After the clumsy, yet very appealing and charming Ezio trilogy, AC 3 ended the overarching story that gave the history settings their purpose, with a whimper.
Black Flag, which came directly afterwards was imo the best game in the series in almost all regards, if I put away my nostalgia goggles for AC 2.
AC Unity was a beautiful looking clusterf*ck, which I still haven’t gotten completely over because of the butchering of the French Revolution setting and Syndicate felt like a poorly warmed up meal.
Origins somehow has the most aesthetically pleasing open world I’ve ever seen, but is rather boring from a gameplay and story perspective.
Odyssey’s world felt weirdly artificial compared to Origins and the gameplay felt like a bad hack’n slash attempt that even Kassandra’s phenomenal voice actress could’t save. It’s the only AC game I haven’t finished.
Finally, Valhalla’s gameplay is like a bloated corpse, yet weirdly the game has the most interesting story and characters since Black Flag imo, which is such a low bar that I’m not sure if it’s worth mentioning.
It’s been over a decade now and all of the original fascination I’ve felt in 2007 has utterly vanished.
If I only speak from the perspective of someone for whom Assassin’s Creed has meant an awful lot over the years, I can only once again say that this news fills me with relief. If the stuff about AC Infinity turns out to be true, I feel like this time I can finally let go for good.
So, to not be an annoying communist for once, I will do the corny Gamer thing and quote a fictional character at the end to express myself: Requiescat in Pace, Assassin’s Creed.
Now, an obligatory and principled: F*ck Ubisoft! For everything, not just Assassin’s Creed.