In a recent interview with Eurogamer Assassin’s Creed 3’s creative director, Alex Hutchinson ,voiced his fears regarding fans possible reaction to the end of the third instalment in the franchise. Due to be released in October the third addition to the franchise is set in North America and swaps the Renaissance for the American Revolution, featuring a new assassin Connor Kenway. While what we’ve seen so far of Assassin’s Creed 3 seems promising, especially the gameplay from Ubisoft’s press conference at this years E3, Hutchinson feared that the ending of Assassin’s Creed 3 may go the way of Mass Effect 3.
Given the build up to this game, it is no surprise that Hutchison feels the bated breath of the wealth of fans breathing down his neck for a satisfying ending. Those who played the most recent title, Revelations, were left with yet another cliff hanger that pointed to a possible apocalyptic event, something that might be resolved in this third instalment. Fully aware of the outcry that BioWare faced with Mass Effect 3’s ending Hutchinson said:
I feel for the Mass Effect guys, they spent years working on a fantastic game. And ironically, I think it’s a big deal, whenever you have people invest in your project for years and years, you do have a responsibility to deliver something cool
However he did go on to say that the aim of the games ending was not to please the fans but rather tell the story but also shared his apprehension with regards to to the ending:
You don’t have a responsibility to deliver what people want all the time.” Hutchinson said of the Assassin’s Creed 3 ending, If you can give a true ending, and a consistent ending that doesn’t diverge from the rest of the game, then you just need to do your best…There is some nervousness about the ending in context, but the beauty for us is that Connor has a story with a beginning, middle and an end. That helps us out.
So will Assassin’s Creed 3 wrap the series up nicely or will it be left struggling to appease raging fans with DLC after DLC? Only time will tell as we wait for the the October 30th release date.