Ubisoft’s creative director on why hooded assassins still fit in the American Revolution (interview)

Alex Hutchinson is the creative director on Assassin’s Creed III. The game is one of the biggest video games of the year, and Hutchinson’s job is to make sure that the creative vision of the game captures the imagination of gamers, who are getting new Assassin’s Creed games every year. We talked to him about everything from why the assassin, Connor, will still be wearing a hooded costume in We caught up with him on Sunday for an interview. Here’s an edited trancript of our chat.

4 things you won’t see in Assassin’s Creed III

At the premiere event for Assassin’s Creed III, freshly minted franchise Creative Director Alex Hutchinson took a break from unveiling a game we want more of to pull back the curtain slightly on a game that will never be. “You tend to play the first draft of a video game,” says Hutchinson, but he intends to deliver something a few revisions down the line. By way of proof, he showed us a four things that didn’t survive the first round of edits.

Review: Ezio’s not the only thing getting old in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is the fourth title in Ubisoft’s award-winning, multi-platinum franchise. Developed by multiple internal studios around the globe and spanning more than 400 individual team members, the Assassin’s Creed series needs to sell better than most in order to offset its undoubtedly massive production costs. But can Ubisoft sustain such an ambitious annual business model while still keeping the sequels fresh and compelling?

Ubisoft ships 6.5M copies of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

Ubisoft, the third-largest video game publisher in the U.S. market, said today that it scored a big hit with the third installment of its Assassin’s Creed series, shipping more than 6.5 million copies of the latest game. That means the French company’s big bet on launching new versions of Assassin’s Creed games every year has paid off.

VentureBeat's picks for the 10 best video games of the holiday season

We’ve unveiled VentureBeat’s picks for the 10 best video games of the holiday season. And this year’s picks really show how much the $20 million U.S. gaming market has changed in the past year. The growing influence of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and mobile gaming experiences such as the iPhone are clear to see. These games have great single-player experiences, but many of them also have excellent social sharing and multiplayer experiences too, a factor that’s becoming increasingly important in this market.