This week on Extra Punctuation, Yahtzee talks about how games as a service (GaaS) is effectively incompatible with art. This episode of Extra Punctuation is sponsored by Bang-On Balls: Chronicles, a 3D co-op adventure platformer available now on Steam!
Extra Punctuation Transcript
As the triple-A industry shambles exhaustedly back into post-release drought action like Sisyphus gearing up for another shove of the boulder, the news leaked of a new Assassin’s Creed game coming next year, Assassin’s Creed Mirage. And if this were a saner world that hadn’t let me down before I might wonder how Ubisoft expects anyone to be hyped for it. What does it even mean that there’s a new Assassin’s Creed coming? The quality level has been a fucking sinewave over the years, generally trending downwards. Even if it’s some explosive spark of new life for the franchise (reference the pirate ship mechanics in Asscreed4), Ubisoft will get overexcited about their success, overplay their hand and snuff the spark out again (reference ship mechanics in multiple subsequent sequels).