Ubisoft will release three open-world games in the space of eight days

Unity through release dates?

Ubisoft are good with numbers. That’s why their investors like them. But we suspect that, if the French publisher were to take a calculator and tot up the average hour-count of an Assassin’s Creed game on Steam, they’d find they’ve made a whoopsie.

The average PC gamer has time to potter about three open-world games in a year, if they’re lucky. But come November, Ubisoft are going to unleash three in just over a week.

The Crew is due first, on November 11. It’ll be followed by Assassin’s Creed Unity on November 14, and Far Cry 4 on November 18.

Assume, for argument’s sake, that you’d like to play them all at launch. That’d give you from Tuesday to Friday to drive the length of a petrol-headed America, and an extended weekend to get to grips with 18th century Paris.

After that, it’d be the overnight train to Kyrat and the mystical land of Shangri-La. By that stage, you wouldn’t be able to tell your trippy Far Cryisms from plain old sleep deprivation.

That’s not to mention the fact that the consoles are getting a second Assassin’s Creed game, Rogue, during the same timeframe – and that The Division is expected after Christmas.

This isn’t the first time Ubisoft have overestimated the stamina of PC gamers. Watch Dogs was originally scheduled to launch a week before Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag in November last year. Thankfully, though, that didn’t come to pass.

What’s a fan of distraction-driven free-roaming to do? Will you pick one at the expense of two others?

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