- Assassin's Creed Jade is the first-ever mobile exclusive game in the franchise and is designed specifically for touch controls.
- Controller support was a request from beta players, but it is not currently a priority for the developers.
- The game will have regular updates with new regions, stories, and side quests added every three months after launch.
Jade is the first-ever instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise to be developed exclusively for mobile. Naturally, this means the game is being designed specifically for touch controls. At Gamescom 2023, we spoke to the game’s executive director Andrei Chen about the possible addition of controller support.
While Chen did say that controller support was one of the biggest requests from closed beta players, he couldn’t confirm whether this feature would be added to Assassin’s Creed Jade.
“It would be easy for us to add controller support, Assassin’s Creed games are native to controllers, so technically it would be easy. However, we wanted to overcome the challenge of creating an Assassin’s Creed game with touch controls,” he said.
So, while the addition of controller support may be easy, it doesn’t appear to be a priority for the developers currently. Chen also opened up about a ‘roadmap’ of sorts for Assassin’s Creed: Jade. According to him, the open world is already quite huge, and additional regions and stories will continue to be added post-release.
“We will be adding more [regions/stories] in further phases, and they will be part of regular updates every three months after launch. So, that’s our goal right now. To make sure this isn’t only a huge world, but it’s also a world filled with landmarks, beautiful landscapes, and lots of points of interest for side quests…”
When asked if developing for mobile provided any limitations, Chei answered that they haven’t currently yet had to cut anything because of computational constraints. However, he conceded that this may change closer to the launch since the team is still working on core mechanics.
Assassin’s Creed Jade is set in 230 BC Ancient China around the time of the establishment of the first Qin Empire. You play as a proto-assassin since the Assassin Brotherhood hadn’t been founded yet. Assassin’s Creed Jade is a mobile exclusive and doesn’t currently have a release date.