Arnaud Jamin, director of Assassin’s Creed: Unity, announced that future Assassin’s Creed titles will no longer include a number. Replacing the number will be an appropriately themed title.
This means that the most recent installment within the AC series, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, will be the last of its kind, with Assassin’s Creed: Unity ushering in the new era of titles. Ubisoft utilized both naming styles in past titles, but when asked if Unity would be considered Assassin’s Creed V, Jamin stated that “we plan to go with a title that matches the theme of the future.”
Logistically, this title shift makes sense. In a series that holds essentially limitless potential in terms of subject matter, tying each successive title together would be confusing in the long run. This holds true for AC since the protagonist can easily change between games (e.g. switching from in Connor Assassin’s Creed III to Edward Kenway in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag). As Jamin stated, without the number branded on each title, each installment can be named more appropriately after its individual theme (I would have loved to see Assassin’s Creed: Revolution instead of Assassin’s Creed III).
Commercially, this title shift makes sense as well. Ubisoft is always working to entice new players to get involved in the AC franchise and a non-numbered title could appear more inviting for players who have never played a previous title. Without a number, each title essentially becomes a stand alone game that a new player can jump into easily.
New details surrounding Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s customization options and future DLC were released last week. It is set to release on November 11th in North America and November 13th for Europe and will be available for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.