AC3 Multiplayer ‘Story’ To Continue Months After Launch
I have no doubt that the Assassin’s Creed 3 story will be as beautifully convoluted and overloaded with mythology as previous games in the series. You might hate that, though I’m personally a fan. However, CVG has an interesting interview with the team at Ubisoft Monstreal, and comments about Assassin’s Creed 3′s multiplayer are triggering my spider sense.
Game Director Damien Kieken told CVG that “The multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed [is getting] more entwined with the single-player story.” Uh oh. “The multiplayer is so big today that it’s already a game on its own,” he said. The Multiplayer storyline involves how Abstergo Industries has released a commercial version of the Animus, allowing regular civilians to relive their past lives. Players will control these civillians, presumably playing endlessly repetitive death match and assassination missions in order to find out why they’ve released the product. As CVG put it, AC3′s Multiplayer “has a persistent, evolving story running parallel to the game’s modern day plot…”.
This sounds to me like two very bad things: 1) They’re putting an awful lot of emphasis on multiplayer. Hopefully this doesn’t mean players are going to be expected to get the full AC3 experience only by playing it. Because that would be as silly and pointless as Mass Effect 3′s terrible War Readiness system; and 2) this sounds an awful lot like an MMO, only without the F2P part that’s become so crucial to the genre.
We know Ubisoft isn’t going to be distributing new map packs for free. We also know that MMO style, multiplayer-based play is a good way for developers to pretend to support a story-driven game while actually doing only the work of barebones conceptualizing and map making. No dis to the hard working artists involved in making those maps, but people aren’t shelling out 60 bucks for PVP.
Hopefully, the single player story is rich and convoluted to the point of silly, as we’ve come to expect from the series. And hopefully, multiplayer wasn’t made using resources diverted from it. We’ll all find out in October.