Assassin’s Creed iPad release, and 3DS cancellation

By Posted 21 Jul 2011, 12:08

Ever since Apple released the iPad there have been calls for Assassin’s Creed to come to the iOS tablet. It seems that Ubisoft wants to release it to, but they have said that it will be “in a few years.” The wait will be unbearable for some, but at least you know that it is coming, unlike the 3DS version. We have just learned that this version of the game has been cancelled.

Ubisoft’s CEO has also said that other titles will be coming to the iPad as well, but did not name what they would be. Yves Guillemot understands the importance of the tablet market; so will need to start pushing in this area soon. We have to wonder why Assassin’s Creed will take a few years to come to the iPad and other tablets, such as Android and Windows? Not sure about PlayBook support, as the future of that device is not looking too good at the moment?

CVG reports that Ubisoft is said to be in the development stage now for some new titles for the iPad as well, so we can look forward to a huge presence in the App Store than just the odd game here and there. However, we do not want to forget those games that have made the French developer who they are today, so the adaption of these games to the tablet will be very welcome indeed.

Ubisoft has given with one hand and taken from the other, because in that same conference call, the lead developer said that they have had to cancel their plans to release Assassin’s Creed on the Nintendo 3DS. In fact they cancelled these plans last year, we have to wonder why we are only finding out now?

One of the reasons was due to the fact that there was already a huge list of game support for the 3DS, so it was pointless to continue with their plans. This does seem a little strange, as this game would have been very welcome – maybe it is to do with the slow uptake of the 3D portable games console?

To try to make it up to you the developer did say that Assassin’s Creed would be made available on the upcoming Nintendo Wii U, which should be with us sometime next year. We do not have an exact date, but it will be perfect timing for Assassin’s Creed 3, not Revelations.