Multiplayer developer Ubisoft Annecy has no plans to hold a beta for Assassin’s Creed III despite the success of testing efforts on Brotherhood and Revelations.
“To be honest, it’s something we want to do every year because we get community feedback that helps us tune the game. It is also a good reward for the community that has followed us from the beginning,” multiplayer game director Damien Kieken told Xboxgamezone.
“But doing a beta takes a lot of time; we’d need to polish a version, submit it to the platform holders and support it when it’s out. And all the time put into the beta doesn’t go into the final game. Because we wanted to push so many things into the game, we took the hard decision to favor the final game content instead of doing a beta and we believe it will be favorable in the end.”
Kieken revealed that Ubisoft Annecy is sharing multiplayer development duties teams from the Bucharest and Shanghai studios, and that the multiplayer portion has been in development since Revelations wrapped, with the majority of staff signing on once the game shipped.
Ubisoft has planned for a dedicated multiplayer support team to continue working on the title post-launch, with community events already mapped out.
Assassin’s Creed III arrives on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in late October, with a PC launch expected before the end of the year.
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