Ubisoft has confirmed that they will not hold a multiplayer beta for Assassin’s Creed III. Speaking about the matter in an interview with Xboxgamezone, game director of Ubisoft Annecy Damien Kieken said:
“A [mulitplayer beta] is something we want to do every year because we get community feedback that helps us tune the game. It is also a good reward for the community that has followed us from the beginning.
Doing a beta takes a lot of time; we’d need to polish a version, submit it to the platform holders and support it when it’s out. And all the time put into the beta doesn’t go into the final game. Because we wanted to push so many things into the game, we took the hard decision to favour the final game content instead of doing a beta and we believe it will be favourable in the end.”
He also mentioned that they’ve been working on the game’s multiplayer since the end of Revelations last year, and that they’ve “had growing support from Ubisoft Bucharest since Brotherhood and Ubisoft Shanghai since Revelations. Bucharest help us on some feature development and map building, while Shanghai aid us with some of the multiplayer characters.”
He also added that the game’s multiplayer will feature a third ability slot “dedicated o ranged abilities,” and Wolfpack mode, their “way of answering the community demand for a coop adventure experience in an Assassin’s Creed game.”
AC3 will hit the PS3 this October on the 30th.