According to an annonymous 4chan user at NeoGAF, Ubisoft won’t be releasing a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Now, these are all just speculations and rumblings, so don’t take anything seriously unless the publishers or developers themselves confirm anything.
The user, who is claiming to be a part of the development team, says that the 2017 release will be a complete revamp of the series, and that it will have a feel similar to The Witcher. He/She also claimed that the game will be set in ancient Egypt, before the time of the Assassins and Templars. The 4chan user has also said that the development team working on the unannounced 2017 installment are the ones who worked on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Now, all of these are only rumors and unconfirmed rumblings, especially since Ubisoft has not confirmed or commented on any of it (not surprisingly). So, don’t get your hopes up too high and expect the same things to actually appear in the new Assassin’s Creed game.
Read about the rumblings at NeoGAF here.
New Assassin’s Creed game rumors quick analysis
There are two things that are most particularly interesting about the rumblings: the fact that the developers are going for the Witcher feel and that the setting predates the entire series.
If the former turned out to be true, then it’s a big step for the series considering how The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been critically praised by critics and fans alike. Molding the new Assassin’s Creed game into a similar formula might bring in more Role-Playing Game (RPG) elements to the generally stealth and action elements of the series.
Story-wise, the Assassin’s Creed games have never been really well-noted for that aspect, so it’s also a welcome change to give it the story treatment similar to The Witcher games.
This is where the second point comes in.
The rumor that the game’s setting will be set in ancient Egypt and will predate the established order of the Assassins and Templars, if true, will either effectively reboot the series OR act like a true prequel and tackle the beginnings of the two factions. But it’ll more likely fall on the latter’s favor, given their already established stories and mythologies.
If Ubisoft is indeed taking a more careful approach to the new Assassin’s Creed game by spending more time on the development, it can potentially pay big dividends.
One can only look at Activision’s work on their Call of Duty series that had them changing their entire development cycle to produce more quality annual installments. And last time checked, it had their most recent game pegged as the best-selling game of 2015.