Ubisoft Montreal recently held a private event for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood at its studios in Montreal and unveiled the game in much depth to a lot of the gaming press. And, of course, while the event was to showcase the single-player element of the game, it’s easy to see how some attendees had questions about the future of the brand.
Speaking with the game’s director, Patrick Plourde, GamesRadar took this opportunity to inquire whether or not Ubisoft had any plans for co-op gameplay in its future. Fortunately for a lot of Assassin’s Creed fans, Plourde’s response was definitely encouraging.
“I think eventually there will definitely be co-op in the brand,” Plourde said in no uncertain terms. “For Brotherhood we focused first and foremost on the validation for multiplayer. In campaign, co-op comes with a lot of challenge. At GDC the Saint’s Row guys were like: ‘if you want your game to have co-op – especially in a sandbox – you need to build it from the ground up.’ They’re right – it’s a couple of years of turnaround to make sure co-op would work.”
Fortunately for Plourde, the development team behind the franchise can rest easy with the though of revisiting co-op a couple of years down the road. After all, the franchise has been highly successful and therefore has allowed the studio to think long-term instead of just release-by-release. This is something Plourde is thankful for and know will benefit the game in the long run.
“With Brotherhood we’re expanding the brand, but we also have the quiet confidence that we’re successful enough to take our time. That’s super liberating. We have great ideas, but we can put some of them on the backburner for the time being then – next time round – revisit some of those old ideas.”
How many of you would be excited for a co-op campaign for Assassin’s Creed 3?