Assassin’s Creed had “huge” co-op element: Ubisoft explains cut

Monday, 4th February 2013 12:45 GMT By Dave Cook

Assassin’s Creed – that’s the original – once had a “huge” co-op element at one point in its creation, developer Ubisoft Montreal has confirmed. Assassin’s Creed 3 mission director Philippe Bergeron has spilled the beans in an interview.

Speaking with OXM, Bergeron said, “Before we knew about the Desmond story and Animus link, we had a huge co-op component in there. But it just became too hard to do: the engine couldn’t support it, and then the metaphor we had above it didn’t support it.

“Co-op was one of those big things at the beginning that just didn’t make sense in the end. For us it was really part of the single player experience, to have in-and-out co-op, and in the end we never thought it made sense in the storyline that we had for the Animus.

“There was no way to reconcile having multiplayer or co-op in an ancestor’s memories. Your ancestor lived his life in a certain way, so assuming you had branching storylines, it creates a paradox. It didn’t fit.”

What’s your take on the above? Can and should the Assassin’s Creed get a co-op mechanic at some point? How would that work? Let us know below.



  1. Ercarret

    I don’t see why not. I understand why it might not make sense in Desmond’s story, but assuming they get rid of him for future instalments (I haven’t played AC3 yet, so I don’t know how it concludes) I see no reason why there couldn’t be two assassin’s working together. The chance of two descendants of ancient (or whatever time period they choose) assassins working together in the present may be slightly ludicrous, but if they skip that whole “modern descendants” angle they’re free to do whatever they like.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Lloytron

    Considering how nonsensical the Animus storyline is, they could have easily adapted it!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. TheBlackHole

    Halo has NO place having co-op within the main storyline. Has that ever stopped the co-op being awesome?


    Anyone who uses ‘storyline’ as a reason not to include co-op is talking out of their ass. Most of us don’t care, so long as we get to play with our friends. Also, split screen please – it just about made RE6 bearable.


    #3 2 years ago

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