If you are part of the rabid fanbase of Assassin’s Creed enthusiasts, then you might want to perk your ears up for this. Ubisoft has announced an iOS and Android spinoff called Assassin’s Creed Utopia. It’s a city-building game, but before you start groaning it actually sounds kind of neat.

You’ll be tasked with building a city during the 17th century, and the New World’s first group of Assassins will live there. You’ll then be able to watch the city grow over the next 150 years leading up to the revolution, and see how the Assassins' influenced the evolution of America’s early colonial times.

In addition to the city-building aspect, Utopia will also feature asynchronous battles where you enlist friends to join in the fight with you. I’m not sure if this will actually encompass strategic multiplayer battling or just be some kind of Facebook-y social thing, but it definitely sounds intriguing.

Aside from providing an interesting bit of backstory and lore, Utopia won’t have any hard tie-ins with the upcoming Assassin’s Creed 3 on consoles, which means you won’t have to play through it if you don’t want to and you still won’t be missing out on anything. Assassin’s Creed 3 hits consoles on October 31st, and Assassin’s Creed Utopia’s vague winter release date we would guess will be somewhere around then as well.

[Via Eurogamer]

  • Gabriel.Voyager

    Another freemium crap?
    I really hope no.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donald.ronald.754 Donald Ronald

    No, it doesn't sound intriguing and no it doesn't sound kind of neat. This is going to be  another freemium farm game. Every time a new one comes out it's always the same crap "THIS ISN'T LIKE ALL THE OTHERS". It always is, and this will be no different. This trend needs to end. 

  • JBRUU

    Well that's a disappointment.

  • Goose

    And any excitement we had about assassins creed on iOS just died today. Weaksauce ubisoft.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1134582760 Nicole Hunter

    This is the buttcrack/ eternal hell of mobile gaming.  God, when will it end!?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4YD3BC2NSED77ASDXXIJBG6MRA AV CLUB

    We should make a game about samurai and ninja colonies in the New World too, because they belong there just as much as assassins...

  • KeKhan

    Personally, I like the idea and will def. be giving it a shot when it releases.

  • Rothgarr

    I think this sounds awesome. It sounds to me like Tribez or Battle Nations, both of which are hits in our house. Both of those are freemium games but never was a problem for us -- we never HAD to buy anything in order to advance in the game. I did, however, make a purchase in each in order to show support to the developers for making such great games.

  • chimpman252

    GOSH DANGIT I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN.
    I should have lost hope once I noticed the lack of them boasting about a full-fledged AC game on mobile... C'mon, how cool would it be to be able to play a game like AC III: Liberation on your iPad?

  • http://twitter.com/gavanw Gavan Woolery

    Uh...really trying to milk the wrong franchise.  Marketing team: "Let's make a city-building casual game - based on a game about assassination!!!"

    • rotopenguin

      How about Mass Effectris? You stack blocks in the hope of finding a better ending then if you simply let them pile up. That ending may or may not come in a future DLC.

      • toliman

        If its not freemium, this could get interesting as a precedent. But, the half-assed casual way of misappropriating game titles in unusual mini games, could also be a good way to make fun of the FPS genres rather than set up pretty generic FPS iOS titles

        I.e. Medal of Honor: Freight Logistics (rehash of zen bound, wrapping crated weapons and cars in packing tape, then moving crates around from warehouse to hangar, flight control style).

        Need for Speed: Valet Parking (top down driving game where you park all the NFS cars, complete with rubber-banding AI)

        Compared to freemium, I don't mind if they go a bit nuts with their casual/spinoff games,

  • http://twitter.com/ErnestSzoka Ernest Szoka

    I'm looking forward to "spend 10 creed bucks to speed up the construction of your assassin's out house"

  • tpreu24

    Why all the poor comments? I mean really, if you don't think it sounds like something you will play than say that. Don't put down a great company like ubisoft just because they are using their AWESOME franchise to make games that are a huge hit right now. Yes, the market is flooded with these "farm-like" games. It will stay flooded until people stop downloading and buying IAP's. This is a great way to get a different demographic of people to play the Assassins Creed games.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WPMZXGUE4MJYAKW47IRGWIPIL4 Sam Crown

      Fair enough try and get new players, but don't abandon your current ones. After all, non-AC fans have already got the card game for iPad. How about the hardcore original fans get a decent version of the game in return?

    • GSJ1977

      Actually I think the intention here is to get the assassins creed demographic to play a farm game, not the other way around.

  • Slender Man

    Really disappointed. It's a Free app again... Building houses, protect your allies. I thought it supposed to be in 3D like form but hey! It's NOT !

  • dudeman8622

    Crap there's way to many of these type of games around

  • Aazlain

    The "Settlers" genre of games used to be my favorite one… until they all went freemium. I feel I've been kicked out and locked out of my happy place.

    • http://twitter.com/lmihai Mihai Leonte

      I know. There are thousand of fremium garbage games but not a single decent title :(

  • pauldavidmerritt

    Time and time again, we see another title that, in the grand scheme, is quite meaningless, but just another way to market a top-selling video game "NAME", sell it to those that click 'buy' because of the title. Yes. They are simply selling the title "Assassin's Creed". The fact that businesses compare us to cattle that they can herd means developers all do this same stupid thing--make a half-crud, simple game, and expect buyers to go after it because they slap a winning title on it for a name. Guess what--the majority that buys games like this, supports this type of marketing tactic, and they'll release this chum over and over again. I consider that a Party Fail.

  • Gamer_Kev

    Well if anyone needs farther proof that Ubisoft is milking their Assassin's Creed franchise to death, here it is.