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Assassin’s Creed III might be one of the biggest games of the year, but Ubisoft has decided against launching a multiplayer beta for it. Speaking with – whisper it –, Ubisoft Annecy’s Damien Kieken explained that preparing betas can take a lot of time and resources away from the main game.

He said:

A [multiplayer 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.

Chatting about the development of the mode, Kieken continued that Ubisoft Annecy has been focusing on Assassin’s Creed III’s multiplayer since Assassin’s Creed: Revelations shipped last year. It’s been working alongside Ubisoft Bucharest and Ubisoft Shanghai on the project. Expect a lengthy credits sequence, then.

Assassin's Creed III is due out on 30th October on PlayStation 3.