Is Assassin’s Creed Skipping 2016?
Could Ubisoft really be holding Assassin’s Creed back for 2017?
If the latest rumours are anything to go by, the franchise will be skipping 2016 in order to completely overhaul the franchise. This will be Ubisoft Montreal’s response to Unity, which was universally derided for shipping in a near-unplayable state back in 2014 – last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate was developed by a new team at Ubisoft Toronto.
So, what are the rumours telling us about the upcoming AC game; reportedly codenamed Assassin’s Creed: Empire. Well, the leading news – confirmed by multiple sources to Kotaku – has Empire positioned as a prequel to the entire franchise, set in Egypt.
Anonymous sources have also reached out to Eurogamer, claiming “it will be a complete revamp of the series. The game is going for a Witcher feel, with player progression, freeform combat system. Horse is back, and boats too. It’s made by the Black Flag team.”
This is obviously all hugely exciting, if it turns out to be true. With an Assassin’s Creed movie due for December, starring Michael Fassbender, I find it difficult to believe that Ubi would be willing to miss an opportunity to cash-in.
But with Watch Dogs 2 supposedly in development – and preparing for a November 2016 release – perhaps it’s finally time Assassin’s Creed switched to a bi-annual release schedule and fans truly receive a game worth playing. We will be following this news very closely.