Rumours on there being no Assassin’s Creed game this year have been flying around the web for the last month. People have been saying things like the next game will come out in 2017, it will be set in Eygpt and the assassin in it will feature in a trilogy with the second game heading to Rome. Rumours have also suggested that the game will feature free-form combat akin to The Witcher 3’s.
Most of the above is still just rumour, however we can confirm that there will be no new entry in the series this year. In a message to their fans the Assassin’s Creed team discussed Syndicate and the upcoming movie, but the most importantly they said the following:
This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.
There you have it, no Assassin’s Creed this year. Many gamers have been complaining of franchise fatigue with this series in particular, so it’s good to see Ubisoft taking that on board and re-evaluating what an Assassin’s Creed game should look like. While there’ll be no new game this year a last-gen re-release is potentially still on the table. We’d love to see Rouge appearing on current-gen platforms, although a full year with no mention of the games might be best for fans.