Assassin's Creed II's chances will not be hampered by the near-identical release date of Modern Warfare 2, creative director Patrice Desilets told VG247 at GamesCom, thanks to its difference in nature.
Did you know the original Assassin's Creed went head-to-head with Modern Warfare in 2007 and sold 9 million units? We didn't.
"The first game we released two weeks after Modern Warfare, and we still sold 9 million copies," said the developer.
"People, when they want their first-person shooter fix, they buy Modern Warfare. If you want you a swords, running on rooftops, big open city fix, this is it.
"And there are people that want to play that, and they don't want to play the game with guns."
Desilets added that the sequel isn't just a rehash, but will have the same allure as the original.
"It has the same appeal as the first one, but we got rid of all the frustration. And it's much bigger. Really, we give a lot more to the player," he said.
We sat through half an hour of Assassin's Creed II gameplay at the show. In a word, instabuy.
Assassin's Creed II launches November 20. Modern Warfare 2 launches November 11. Both look amazing, for the record. So buy both. Dur.