Sometimes it’s hard to break away from a game series despite its flaws.
Tonight game stores will be opening worldwide at midnight to mark the launch of Ubisoft’s latest foray into the Assassin’s Creed franchise and once again, despite the concerns over rushed sequels and the possibility of running the series into the ground, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will no doubt generate millions of euros in revenue for the French company, even taking into account the 11 studios working on the game and likely quite sizable budget.
As ever, since the first game, I will be one of those handing in my money not just for the game but for the €100 Buccaneer Edition at GameStop, if not tonight than at some point tomorrow. It will join the Limited Edition of Assassin’s Creed; both the Black and White Editions of Assassin’s Creed II (still the best game in the series, I believe), the Codex Edition of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, the Animus Edition of Assassin’s Creed Revelations and the Freedom Edition of Assassin’s Creed III.
It’s a pretty expansive collection I’m sure you’ll agree and would likely be worth quite a bit had the boxes not been opened. There’s quite a number of other collector’s editions for games in other series that clog the space in my gaming room but no franchise has so many additions as Assassin’s Creed. Of course, this is largely because the series is now annualised and I settle for the regular version of games such as Call of Duty.
A lot has been spent to build up this collection and this is despite my reservations as the series has declined; particularly following Brotherhood with Revelations offering a solid narrative to end Ezio’s adventures but tired gameplay and Assassin’s Creed III which struggled to be more than mediocre for the most part.
There are some promising signs for Black Flag however and as I’ve previously commented the game will likely make or break the franchise for me regardless of my initial reservations about the piratical adventure.
It’s more than the games though. I own t-shirts, art books and posters all dedicated to Assassin’s Creed. Not the novels, I found the first to be somewhat disappointing and never went back but even so; it’s a a reasonably extensive collection.
Ubisoft apparently knows the ending of the Assassin’s Creed series with the number of installments needed to reach it dependent on continued support for the games and if Black Flag can live up to its potential I’ll most likely follow the story along until its conclusion, whenever that might come. With comics, and a movie in the works it’s likely that Assassin’s Creed will be around for quite some time yet.
It’s not even my favourite series; that would be Mass Effect while my favourite individual game is The Last of Us, but Assassin’s Creed is my guilty pleasure and not one I will abandon too lightly.