There Won't Be a Big New Assassin's Creed Game This Year - Report

The next Assassin's Creed is reportedly set in Egypt.

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Since the release of Assassin's Creed II in 2009, we've gotten a new entry in the core franchise every year (alongside spinoffs, in the case of most recent years). That won't be the case again this year, as a new report suggests that Ubisoft will skip 2016 in favor of a 2017 release for a new game set in Egypt.

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News of this first cropped up on 4chan (via NeoGAF), where an alleged developer claimed the new game would be "a complete revamp of the series" featuring "a Witcher feel, with player progression" and a "freeform combat system." Kotaku has since corroborated some of these details, saying the game is currently called Assassin's Creed Empire and could signal a bi-annual release schedule for the series going forward. It also says the hole in Ubisoft's fall schedule could be filled by Watch Dogs 2, which is reportedly set in San Francisco.

According to the 4chan poster, the new Assassin's Creed protagonist is either a "slave or ex-slave" with a pet eagle that players are able to control. (Ubisoft recently announced a VR game where you fly over Paris as an eagle, for what it's worth.) It's also said to contain "a lot more story" than the other games and is much more colorful.

When reached for comment, Ubisoft declined to offer any clarification. "We can't comment on rumor or speculation," a spokesperson told GameSpot. "We're always happy when players are excited about our games, past, present, and future. In the meantime, we hope that the latest images from the Assassin's Creed movie set will keep fans of the franchise happy and eager to find out more!"

Should the next big Assassin's Creed indeed skip 2016, it won't mean it's punting on this year entirely. The next entry in the side-scrolling Assassin's Creed Chronicles series, India, is due out next week, and will be followed by Russia next month. The upcoming film, meanwhile, will be out in December.

That Ubisoft should move away from its annual release cycle wouldn't be hugely surprising after, by the publisher's own admission, Unity's messy release in 2014 impacted sales of 2015's Syndicate.

We may have a better idea of the publisher's plans for the series when it shares its earnings report for the third quarter on Thursday, February 12. Stay tuned.

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SaturatedButter

There's no way Watch Dogs 2 will come out this year.

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Scarf0

The last time Assassin's Creed took a year off we got their BEST installment of the entire series...Assassin's Creed II. I welcome this break. Knowing Ubisoft, they're not likely to give up on that annual money, so I expect them to release an Remaster of the Ezio Trilogy or the current gen version of Assassin's Creed Rogue. Watch.

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lostn

Just do Feudal japan. And keep the english accents in there just for giggles.

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Yamakoichi

I kinda feel like we didn't have a big one in 2015 either. syndicate was short and felt a lot smaller than black flag o,o

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wheres_my_phone

Finally! Maybe now the series can grow and move forward with something other than the gfx.

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jokingjoey14

OMG I am SO happy right now!

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parkurtommo

Excellent news, give some breathing time for the franchise fatigue to wear off.

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Ygdrasel

@parkurtommo: Franchise fatigue is a myth. Consumers control their own fatigue.

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dnsfw_jamus

@ygdrasel: just because lots of people still buy it doesnt mean that there isnt fatigue, just that the fatigue isnt that much of a problem

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Ygdrasel

@dnsfw_jamus: I didn't say anything about purchase numbers. I said franchise fatigue is a myth because consumers control their own fatigue. And it is because they do.

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dnsfw_jamus

@ygdrasel: except the fact is that over the last couple years the franchise has sold less and less with each installment, which is evidence that fatigue is there. It doesnt matter what you were talking about, I was talking about the way things actually work, while you were generalizing and talking in broad concepts that have no bearing on reality.

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Ygdrasel

@dnsfw_jamus: If the fatigue is there, it's the fault of the consumers, not the franchise. Because ONCE AGAIN, consumers control their own fatigue. That isn't a "broad concept". The people whining over their fatigue are the people who still buy each game within a week of release then complain that they're tired of playing Assassins' Creed so much. The people who comment "I'll buy this on day one and enjoy it but I wish they'd stop making so many!" because they're too dumb to realize that they're being counterproductive. The people who click through and read/watch every bit of AC-related content just so they can complain about how sick of it they are - even if they don't actually play the games anymore. So, ONCE AGAIN, franchise fatigue is a myth because the fatigue comes from the consumer (and non-consumers who just like to complain about it) and their own choices to over-saturate themselves with a franchise.


If a fan is tired, they can stop playing. They can stop reading. They can stop consuming. They can do this thing that tired people do called taking a break. And if they don't, that's not 'franchise fatigue', that's just their fatigue which they're not bothering to handle properly.

The last game I played in this series, even when given the opportunity to play newer titles, was 3. Why? I was tired. And rather than drone on about it as if it were the series' fault, I just stopped playing. And once I get a PS4, I'll be buying up two or three of the newer games because I'm over that tiredness and ready to play again. And if I buy a few but need a break between - I have other games.

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dnsfw_jamus

@ygdrasel: also what youre describing isnt franchise fatigue any more than Mcdonalds sales slowing down after an outbreak of mad cow in a region.

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dnsfw_jamus

@ygdrasel: youre completely missing the point. And really me explaining it for you in small words and crayon isnt gonna help any, so I'll just say this: Fatigue doesnt just come from purchasing or lack of purchasing, it also comes from running out of ideas on the development side. and considering not only have the last 4 games sold way less than they were expected to, but the last 2 sold poorly and VERY poorly despite the last one being billed as a return to form in many aspects.

That being said, as I've mentioned several times so far, fatigue, even when present, isn't always as huge a problem, which is why people like you think it doesnt exist, when there's clear evidence to the contrary.

anyway, you have a good one.

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Ygdrasel

@dnsfw_jamus: Every game has had new elements. How is that running out of ideas?

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dnsfw_jamus

@ygdrasel: new elements, but basically the same overall gameplay, story, etc. they've not done anything spectacularly different since well before the end of the last generation.

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Ygdrasel

@dnsfw_jamus: "New elements, basically the same overall gameplay..."

Odd spin-offs ala Final Fantasy Tactics notwithstanding, you have just described every video game series. Call of Duty. Tomb Raider. Mario. Grand Theft Auto. Madden. Hitman. Katamari. The Elder Scrolls. Zelda. And so on and so forth...

I won't entertain the 'story' remark because each game has had an entire new story. And heaven knows what's meant to be contained in "etcetera".

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dnsfw_jamus

@ygdrasel: except games like tomb raider (the last two at any rate) and grand theft auto, and Hitman and elder scrolls added improvements to gameplay between installments which is why there are varying opinions, despite being older or newer on which one of some of them are better.

and while the stories themselves were different, the beats were all the same: find X, find reason for wanting X before the templars, Find clues to find X, Find way to get in to get X, escape with X. There has only been one AC game (aside from the mini/gameboy/psp versions) which didn't have that kind of story and that was Rogue. Everything else, from 1 to black flag, has had the exact same story structure.

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Ygdrasel

@dnsfw_jamus: Different stories, same beats, gameplay improvements...Again, every series.

Structure rarely changes.

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dnsfw_jamus

@ygdrasel: lol what? most good series have pretty drastic story changes from installment to installment.

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Scarf0

@dnsfw_jamus: it's not a problem when they continue to sell 10 million copies of Assassin's Creed annually. I agree some fans are tired of the series, but not enough for it to hurt Ubisoft in the pocketbook.

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dnsfw_jamus

@Scarf0: that's pretty much exactly the point I was making

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Scarf0

@dnsfw_jamus: and I was agreeing with you.

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dnsfw_jamus

@Scarf0: ah, figured you'd @ the guy who wasnt making the same point.

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Slypher9

@ygdrasel: LOL this is soooooooooooooooooooooooooo true... I a person don't want to buy the next one, simply just skip it..

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Despairz

AC has become so boring every game is the same but is set in a defferent location

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Ygdrasel

@despairz: Also opposed to...?

It's a series. That's kind of how they work.

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Shantmaster_K

I enjoyed the annual release. There have been only two disappointing AC games and that was Revelations and AC: III.

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Abdulrahman1981

I want a new Dead Space game:)

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Scarf0

@Abdulrahman1981: I want Capcom to release an new Onimusha game. Just imagine that game with current gen graphics...godtier.

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Squal_Lionhart

not long enough of a break honestly

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benedictm

This sounds like greta idea.

I can;t believe they wouldn't try and cash in with the movie though - maybe there will be a movie tie in title as well.

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egger7577

I wish Call of Duty would do this.

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Megavideogamer

A good move by Ubisoft There are 9 Assassin's creed console games and 2 portable games, 1 each for PSP and PSvita. So with 11 episodes of Assissin's creed available. It makes sense to rest the series for 1 years and return in 2017.

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93ChevyNut

When I read this, I immediately went home, revved up Minecraft and started digging straight down and found ice where the lava should be. Yup, video game hell has frozen over.

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SkyHighGam3r

I'll try to hold back my tears that we aren't being bombarded with incremental improvements annually like some Madden version of an action/platformer.

That being said, a setting in ancient Egypt could be pretty cool, though I'm sure it will no doubt be full of the nonsense that Egyptology spits out to the rest of the world. (They follow a 6000 year old earth timeline, FYI) So take it with a grain of salt regarding the use of "History" in the franchise.

I hope they bring that co-op idea back too. I haven't had a chance to play Unity myself, but 2-player should go back to being a standard of video games.

Also "It's also said to contain "a lot more story" than the other games..." I really don't see that as a Plus. For me, Assassin's Creed is about Climbing sh*t, and occasionally stabbing someone. Which is why I haven't bothered playing 3 yet... what am I supposed to climb in Colonial America? Trees? Do I LOOK like Michael Jackson to you?...

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Ygdrasel

@skyhighgam3r Buildings and trees, yes. Exactly. Stupid question.

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SkyHighGam3r

@ygdrasel: But what buildings are worth climbing in colonial america? The great thing about all the other games is the giant cityscapes.

That's what I want a modern one so bad. I would LOVE to see one in modern day New York.

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Ygdrasel

@skyhighgam3r: A modern one defeats the entire point of the series. And if you like the climbing, plenty of buildings are worth climbing for that exact reason.

But then, you don't seem to get the point of the series anyway. It's not about climbing.

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SkyHighGam3r

@ygdrasel: Well no sh*t sherlock, I know that isn't the point of the series.

I'm talking about ME though, and "I" play these games to climb sh*t.

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Ygdrasel

@skyhighgam3r: So you pay $60 to play maybe 10% of a game? Okay then. Enjoy.

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SkyHighGam3r

@ygdrasel: lol if you pay a full 60$ for a game you are doing it wrong.

I only pay 20$ most of the time for brand new games at Gamestop.

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solidsolo

bummer... i actually by these on a yearly basis on Black Friday sales and Syndicate is surprisingly really really good. Going to miss it this year

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hyksiu

I don't believe this! This is impossible....

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ajzoot

The asscreed movie is coming out... Just to make sure fans are kept in a constant, frequently reinforced state of disappointment.

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Milknweed

FInally they have way to many games set in western Europe.

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JesusCondom

@Milknweed: That's because the major history of this forsaken world was set in Western Europe, and they follow the great past events = Europe.

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STARKKASH

Take all the time you need I'm not in a hurry :P :D

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xgalacticax

There wont be a big AC game but there will be at least 5 small ones.

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Daelusca

Before Syndicate I would have said hell no, but it was by far my least favorite in the series; either they ran out of ideas (the rope ladder spiderman nonsense was a horrible idea) or just really whiffed on that game. Still, Syndicate was in my 5 top favs games of the year (5th) as they have a formula and produce a product the vast majority of companies simply do not....haters gonna hate and all that.

Please lord do not change Eagle Vision to the garbage that was "hold down your Witcher power and follow the footsteps/ smells"...my god that was bad....the only thing that kept me sane during those long hours of holding down that trigger was "can you imagine how ridiculous this would be if Ubi forced us to hold down the Eagle Vision for hours".....as for RPG type progression, again please don't follow Witcher; Witcher's amazing strength was the atmosphere, not game mechanics or leveling system.....as hard as it will be for Ubi to hear, follow what RoTR did....now that is a great game in almost every respect....good story, good platforming, fun combat (although it needed better stealth abilities) and great game mechanics....Ubi needs to up their game in every area here.