After reporting a $500 million operating income loss for the last year, Ubisoft announced plans to invest in its hit franchises in hopes of generating more revenue.
According to anonymous sources who spoke to Kotaku, Ubisoft is considering remaking Black Flag in order to capitalize on the game’s popularity. The remake would likely feature new content, and potentially save the company from drowning under the pressure of its own legacy.
A remake is always a safer option than a new game, and with the early reviews for Assassin’s Creed Mirage, (from its gameplay walkthrough shown at Ubisoft Forward) we can see why the company would opt for this.
If Ubisoft does decide to move forward with a remake of Black Flag, it would be the latest in a trend of publishers remaking popular games from their back catalogs. In recent years, we’ve seen remakes of games like Crash Bandicoot, Resident Evil, and Final Fantasy. And, we have seen how these games are capable of producing decent numbers too.
The remake of Assassin’s Creed Black Flag is not the only new Assassin’s Creed game that Ubisoft is working on. The company is working on other games in the series, including, Assassin’s Creed Hexe (a game set in Europe), and Assassin’s Creed Red (a game set in Japan).
Ubisoft’s decision to remake Assassin’s Creed Black Flag is likely a response to fan demand. The game was a commercial success, and many fans have been clamoring for a remake for years, especially whenever there is a mention of Skull & Bones, people always talk about Black Flag, since both the games share the same genre.
It will also be interesting to see how Ubisoft updates the game’s gameplay for modern consoles and PCs. The original Black Flag was praised for its open-world design and ship-to-ship combat. However, the game’s graphics and animations are now starting to show their age. A remake would give Ubisoft a chance to improve upon these elements and make the game look and feel more like a modern Assassin’s Creed game.
The remake of Assassin’s Creed Black Flag is still a long way off, but is still exciting to know that Ubisoft has it in their plans. The game has the potential to again revive Ubisoft in the industry, and could introduce a new generation of players to one of the most popular Assassin’s Creed games ever made.
This is all we know at the moment, but rest assured that we’ll keep you updated as new information becomes available.