We are going to reach out to Ubisoft for confirmation, but according to Creative Director Alex Hutchinson, there will be no multiplayer beta for Assassin’s Creed III this year.
His comments came during the Assassin’s Creed panel at San Diego Comic Con 2012, which was hosted by Machinima’s Andrea Rene. You can hear Alex’s words yourself via the video (courtesy of Gamespot) below. Skip to 37:51 for the relevant bit.
“We decided with this one, we are going pretty close to the wire, trying to jam in as many features as possible and really make it as amazing as possible. So unfortunately this year, there will be no beta for multiplayer.” ~ Alex Hutchinson, Creative Director on Assassin’s Creed III
Traditionally, Ubisoft has held multiplayer betas for its Assassin’s Creed games exclusively on the PS3 platform. Both Brotherhood and Revelations had multiplayer betas a month prior to the release of each game. Alex’s comments will come as a blow to the budding multiplayer community that formed around the franchise, especially as the betas provide an opportunity for community feedback on game mechanics.