Assassin’s Creed Infinity won’t be a free-to-play online game, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has confirmed during the developer’s latest earnings call. Bloomberg first reported about the project’s existence back in July, and the company has shared details about it bit by bit since then. The publication said that AC Infinity, which is the project’s name that could change upon release, will be a live online service similar to Grand Theft Auto Online that requires you to own the base game. According to Gamespot, Guillemot also said:
“This game is going to have a lot of narrative elements in it. It’s going to be very innovative game, but it will have what players already have in all the other Assassin’s Creed games, all the elements that they love… right from the start. So it’s going to be a huge game. But with lots of elements that already exist in the games that we published in the past.”
Unlike other Assassin’s Creed games with a single narrative story, Infinity will reportedly have multiple settings that will feel and look different from each other but will still be connected in some way. That means Infinity could have several games in one package, though how that will resonate with long-time fans remains to be seen. The original Bloomberg report also called it a massive online platform with room to expand in the months and years after its launch, so we may see new content hit the service as campaigns or seasons.
Ubisoft pooled its resources and unified the Montreal and Quebec teams, which previously worked on separate Assassin’s Creed titles, to develop Infinity. Guillemot said it’s still in its very early stages, however, and previous reports said its soonest possible release won’t be until 2024.