Why has Assassin’s Creed never been copied?


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In an industry that has a fair amount of parody in it and copying concepts along with general ideas from one another is not uncommon, it is stunning to think Assassin’s Creed has been around since 2007 and still no other developer has attempted to create a title to mirror or reflect what we’ve seen from Ubisoft thus far.

When Assassin’s Creed released its first iteration of the series, it was taken in with widespread popularity and sold millions of copies.

It was a very original title and did a masterful job of pairing gameplay, action, suspense, mystery and open-world gaming, all with history like never seen before.

The series took gamers back to the classroom for a history lesson, but this was one that everyone stayed awake and paid attention to.

Since then, there have been three installments in the franchise to hit stores, with a fifth coming this October. Through all of that time there has not been one game to try and challenge or mimic the ideas and concepts of the Assassin’s Creed world.

But why is that the case?

Gaming has become a very copy-cat type of industry, which is not entirely a bad thing at all. It’s more a statement of the obvious.

For a glaring example, look at the War genre. It has exploded in popularity and in production of various titles. Yes the War umbrella is a big and wide one, but there are numerous war franchise out there all dancing around the same fire.

Some that may come to mind are Ghost Recon, Spec Ops, Battlefield, Medal of Honor and Call of Duty just to name a few.

So will all of those similar franchises, and just about all of them finding success, why hasn’t anyone tried to mimic what the Assassin’s Creed world has created?

Has Ubisoft really come up with an idea and concept that is impossible to steal? It’s difficult to imagine that could happen, but it is almost completely true by virtue of nothing remotely resembling the franchise being developed or released.

As a fan of the franchise, it would be interesting to see what another studio could produce, but it would admittedly be very difficult to measure up to what Ubisoft has created.

Will any studio try to create something along the same lines as Assassin’s Creed? Should another studio try to come up with something like it? As fans, would you want to see another title try to knock Assassin’s Creed off of their isolated, lonely and profitable mountain top?