"Assassin's Creed is not a series of individual games anymore. Assassin's Creed is a fucking line graph. The line went down a bit for AssCreed III, but now it's gone back up again, and maybe it'll keep going up in the next one — or maybe it'll take another plunge. What I do know is that this line graph is being drawn on what appears to be a very depressingly-long piece of paper, at the end of which stands Ubisoft (and I do not like the look of that stapler it's holding).
"In ten years, there's been 25,000 products based on the franchise, including... pez dispensers, a... blender, a shopping cart and... buckets?"
Deadpool: If we can find him, we can end this.
Spiderman: Wait, why do we want to end this again?
Deadpool: Yeah you're right! This franchise could pay off the national debt!
"Expend less energy, cut costs and somehow make more money anyway. Sadly, save for only a few epic hardcore titles like the The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Super Mario Galaxy, this mantra of sorts has been the Nintendo way through Wii's lifecycle."
Well, part of the rub is that it isn't actually his cow to slaughter, even if he wanted to. It's WotC's cow (as is the Forgotten Realms), and it keeps their pockets filled... they just redistribute some of it Salvatore's way for performing regular "cow maintenance." And, nothing can go on in their farm without their written, in triplicate, consent.
In essence, it doesn't matter how far Greenwood, Salvatore, or Cunningham may want to take a character, because WotC's always going to hold the rope and decide which pasture the cow feeds from. An author can say, "how about the 'character death' pasture," but they can easily be countermanded with, "no, the grass at 'looked bad but it was Only a Flesh Wound' looks a little greener today, go over there."