No multiplayer beta for Assassin’s Creed III says Creative Director

Posted by on July 14, 2012 at 10:48.
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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.

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  1. Assassin Jul 14, 2012

    This shows it’s either perfect or it’s going to be really bad because they have no feedback.

  2. EscoBlades Jul 14, 2012

    With Annecy’s track record, i highly doubt it is perfect. I mean no disrespect to the people that work there….but yeah.

  3. Kovitlac Jul 14, 2012

    Frankly, right now is when I think they need a beta more then ever. Long-time AC mp players are already wary about some of the changes being made, and recalling some of the ones brought to Revelations, they have good reason to be.

    I understand if there simply isn’t time, but I think it should have been thought of and planned for beforehand. That said, Ubisoft refuses to show the 360 any love, so I’m not personally affected either way. I just think it’s a decision that might end up costing them in the end.

  4. EscoBlades Jul 14, 2012

    Agreed. AC III (of all the MPs so far) needs a beta and public community feedback more than ever. especially as Revelations took quite a few steps backwards in terms of mechanics and design from Brotherhood. Post release support was also sorely lacking.

    A beta would have been a good opportunity to showcase not only the positive (hopefully) changes of the MP this time around, but also get some extra balance testing from players who will persistently play the game. *sigh*

  5. AC3 Jul 18, 2012

    I think the beta would have been very helpful because the only other public feedback is from events such as E3 and ComicCon. To be completely honest, would you go to E3 and say to Ubisoft that their games suck? No, but you would in an online beta forum.

  6. WLM13 Jul 19, 2012

    I feel Betas probably benefit creators more then The testers,so this is there decision. Either way I have already preordered this game and a beta would not necessarily Change My mind,although it would have been nice.