The lights are on
I just wrote this down in the comments regarding Black Flag's new trailer, but I thought I'd share this here as well, hoping for a discussion on this topic. Anyway, I'd love to hear what people think about this topic. My original post:
There's very little real innovation with each entry in the series. 2
blew the first AC away, but I've been consistently disappointed with
each new release since Ezio's debut. 3 was rushed for holiday 2012
release, which gave us the buggiest AAA title of that year, just so they
could keep their annual release schedule. Ubisoft is diluting their
brand name by emulating Activision's business practices and putting out an unfinished product, and is losing my business in the process.
And I'm tired of playing in the same graphics engine. As cool as the
naval combat looks in this game, I won't be buying Black Flag simply
because I'm tired of the core gameplay in AC. I want more direct control
over the character, and less of the "marionette" mechanic. It felt new at the time the first two games released, but now I feel
distanced from the experience in a way I've not felt in other recent AAA 3rd
person open world titles (GTA, Prototype 2, Saints Row, Sleeping Dogs,
etc.). They need to take a few years off, make an entirely new game with
a revamped control scheme, and come back with something fresh if they
want me to buy another game in the franchise.
I agree that some of the mechanics are a bit old. I think 3 was a good setting and story but, needed to be longer so Connor's story could be continued. As for ac4 i think the refreshed mechanics such as shooting and bigger map along with one of the coolest things about ac3(the naval) will be a good addition to the franchise.
I don't feel this way because I haven't played an AC game since AC II. It's the same reason I'm also kind of excited about COD: Ghosts (haven't played COD since MW2). However if I had played the three games following AC II I'm certain I'd feel the same way as you. It's a problem with games that are churned out in quick succession like this. It may be a good business model but fatigue is going to set in for many fans.
Since I highly doubt Ubisoft is going to change its business model any time soon I'd suggest you sit a few games out to rekindle that old feeling of excitement and enjoyment you got when playing AC and AC II for the first time. There are plenty of other great titles currently out and coming out soon to take your mind off it.
To be honest, the only AC games I've played was the original, 2, and 3. I lost interest in 3 very quickly (same with MW3 and occasionally BO3). I'm not sure why, but it may be because now they're releasing so many AC's in such a short amount of time, like you said. But some people love running marathons, and it seems like this spew of AC games is just a huge marathon race and quite frankly, some people just can't keep up. I agree with sthomson93's address wholeheartedly, though. I'll probably do the same thing.