The Assassin’s Creed series began as an exclusively single-player experience and has since incorporated an online multiplayer mode that seems to have attracted a fairly substantial following since it was first introduced in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.
The last two entries in the franchise – the aforementioned AC: Brotherhood and AC: Revelations – were preceded by open betas for their respective multiplayer modes, but unfortunately this won’t be the case with Assassin’s Creed III.
Speaking to xboxgamezone, AC III’s multiplayer game director Damien Kieken confirmed that there’ll be no beta this time around:
“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. 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.”
The game’s multiplayer component is being developed by Ubisoft Annecy with assistance from Ubisoft’s Bucharest and Shanghai studios.
Assassin’s Creed III will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on October 30th in the US and a day later in European territories. The game is also likely to be in the Wii U’s launch line-up when the console releases this holiday season.