Following a rumor on 4chan earlier today, Kotaku is reporting that Assassin’s Creed Empire won’t launch until 2017, with Ubisoft holding off on a big entry into the series in 2016.
Citing multiple sources “familiar with goings-on at Ubisoft,” Kotaku’s report says that the next Assassin’s Creed title is called Empire, is set in ancient Egypt, and won’t arrive until 2017. According to one of the sources, the decision to delay Empire from fall 2016 to 2017 was made today after the response to 2014’s Unity, and would give the developers more time for polish and improvements. The source then suggested the year break between releases could become a new thing for the franchise.
While the identity of the original poster on 4chan – who claims to be a Ubisoft developer – hasn’t been confirmed, Kotaku says, “Everything he wrote matches up with what I’ve heard independently for months.”
One of the more interesting comments from the 4chan poster is that Empire will act as a reboot for the series:
There won’t be an AC in 2016. You may screencap this and refer to it when nothing is shown in E3 2016. You’ll have to wait until 2017 for it. The reason: 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.
After news that we might just get an Assassin’s Creed game set in Egypt in 2017, it’s time to do some time travelling without the need for an Animus or the Helix. Cast your Eagle Vision back to 2012 and consider the above screenshot, that was apparently leaked from Ubi. At the time we thought it was a Prince Of Persia reboot but even then we thought it was conspicuously like Assassins.
This screenshot is actually from a canceled Ubi project called Project Osiris, which first came to light in 2013 after several leaked screens and rough production videos of WIP trailers.
The rough cut trailer was originally uploaded by composer Mark Kilian and seems to suggest a biblical element, with the mention of earthquakes potentially tying in with the hints of destruction in above shot.
Where things get really interesting is that the shot below can be found in Black Flag in an email between two Abstergo employees:
It’s the same character. It could be repurposed art but it does potentially suggest the project was abosorbed into Assassin’s Creed canon (it was originally rumoured to be a Prince of Persia reboot which is also how the original Assassin’s Creed started). The fact that character is looking towards the pyramids seems like massive amounts of foreshadowing.
You won’t be without Assassin’s Creed this year, as Ubisoft still has two more episodes in the Chronicles series launching over the next two months, and the movie will be out on December 21. A registered website domain also hints at an Assassin’s Creed Collection possibly on the horizon, and there’s also the fact that Assassin’s Creed Rogue still isn’t available on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, despite being ported to PC in March 2015.
Many were hoping this was the year Assassins Creed went to Japan. However as I’ve stated for quite some time that i thought Egypt would be the next location and the follow up will be Japan. Why? Because there is a pattern. Location trends online. Ubisoft develops three years later they release it. so follow the timeline of previous games and the trending timeline I made this deduction.
Now that things are looking toward Egypt it only makes me think even more so that japan will follow it up.
As for what may possibly take the place of Assassin’s Creed in fall 2016, Kotaku has heard that Watch Dogs 2 will be out later this year and is set in San Francisco.
Do you think it’s a good idea for the Assassin’s Creed franchise to take a year off?
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