2016's release slate may be missing a new Assassin's Creed title, but publisher Ubisoft insists that Watch Dogs 2 can fill the gap.
Speaking to MCV, UK sales director Darren Bowen said that the cyberpunk hacking title is up to the task of replacing Assassin's Creed in its end of year line-up, but that Watch Dogs 2 is part of a strong release slate.
Ubisoft has opted to give its normally-annual Assassin's Creed series a break in order to re-evaluate the franchise.
Assassin's Creed has been a fantastic seller for Ubisoft and really important to the market every year, but make no mistake, Watch Dogs 2 will certainly fill the gap this year,” Bowen said.
We are very fortunate to have such a strong and varied line-up so we don't have to rely just one franchise. Following Watch Dogs 2, we also have Steep launching at the start of December along with strong back catalogue sales on Tom Clancy's The Division and Far Cry Primal which have been two of the biggest launches so far this year.
Let's not forget live games like The Crew and Rainbow Six Siege which is really being embraced the community with 10m players worldwide. If that wasn't enough we also have the Ezio Collection, so for those consumers who need a taste of Assassin's Creed every year – and we know there are a huge number of people – they will still be able to purchase a great triple pack which covers the most loved period of Assassin's Creed.”