Ubisoft has recently announced that they will be bringing some of their key game franchises to tablets. IGN reports that the Assasin’s Creed series will be among the first making that move. Note that the 3DS Assasin’s Creed game has been cancelled.
You can bet on the fact the company’s focus platform, regarding tablets, will be the iPad due to Apple being mentioned by CEO Yves Guillemot in the announcement:
“The tablet market is growing fast. Apple and a lot of other players are coming with tablets,” Guillemot said when asked about the publisher’s plans for those devices. “What we are doing on that machine is developing a few products around our brands. You will see games that will come in the next few years from all of our biggest brands, like Assassin’s Creed or others,” according to IGN’s report.
Besides Assasin’s Creed, the announcement makes it clear other franchises will also make their way to tablets. Ubisoft has traditionally farmed out the iOS development of their franchise games to Gameloft. For instance, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within is a Gameloft-developed title on the App Store. It will be interesting to see if these new games will be developed internally or outsourced to Gameloft as well. Gameloft has actually done a pretty remarkable job with the many Ubisoft offerings and ports available on iOS.