Assassin’s Creed IV Director Discusses an Overall Ending for the Series

In a recent discussion with Eurogamer, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag director Ashraf Ismail spoke about the eventual ending of the Assassin’s Creed series, hinting that there is an idea planned for the series’ narrative arc.

“We have an idea of where the end is, what the end is. But of course Yves [Guillemot] announced we are a yearly title, we ship one game a year. So depending on the setting, depending on what fans want, we’ve given ourselves room to fit more in this arc. But there is an end.”

With 12 million sales for Assassin’s Creed III by the end of 2012, the series is definitely one of Ubisoft’s most successful, which explains the company’s desire to make it into an annualized franchise seeing a new release every year. Still, many fans have voiced some concern over the game’s narrative and how it could be fatigued if the games continue to release on such a regular basis. While the series may have an ending, it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing it until the sales figures begin to cool down for the company, as killing off something so successful wouldn’t be conducive to the company’s overall sales strategy.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is the next entry in the franchise and details the exploits of Edward Kenway, the grandfather of AC III’s protagonist Connor Kenway. The game is set in the Caribbean and will allow players to experience life as a pirate through the setting and the use of naval combat first seen in Assassin’s Creed III. It will continue what Ubisoft is callng the “Kenway Saga”, made up of several games that tell the story of the Kenway family. The game is set to release in November of this year.