Ubisoft has confirmed that Kotaku’s big leak is real; there will be no Assassin’s Creed game in 2016.
Assassin’s Creed is in for a big year, but not on gaming consoles. Despite the fact that Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed film will launch holiday 2016, Ubisoft will not be launching a brand new game. In fact, we’re not going to see a mainline Assassin’s Creed game at all in 2016 with Ubisoft relying on the film to bring a fresh perspective to the ‘ongoing battle between Assassins and Templars.’
“This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise,” Ubisoft explained in a statement. “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.
“We’ll have more to share on all of the above soon. In the meantime, we want to say thank you to our millions of fans around the world for your continued support.”
This confirms half of the rumor Kotaku published at the beginning of the year. According to them, Assassin’s Creed 2016 would be delayed in order to improve the game mechanics, and that the root of this decision stems from the terrible launch of Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Though last year’s Syndicate was a huge improvement over Unity, the game was unable to escape the shadow of its maligned predecessor. The other unconfirmed half of the rumor is that the game will take place in Ancient Egypt and is codenamed Empire. We’re going to have to wait a little longer to find out if that part is true.
In the mean time, Ubisoft still has plenty of other Assassin’s Creed titles for you to play. The Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Pack is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC with a PS Vita release coming soon. Ubisoft also intends to release Assassin’s Creed Identity on iOS and Android devices.