Assassin's Creed has without a doubt become Ubisoft's biggest franchise, with the publisher releasing at least one big new Assassin's Creed game every year since 2009. However, it seems like Ubisoft will be taking a different approach this year, as numerous sources claim that the next big title in the franchise will release in 2017.
According to Kotaku and some 4Chan posts by an alleged Ubisoft developer, the next Assassin's Creed title will be set in ancient Egypt and it's code-named Empire. These sources also explain that the decision to delay Empire was made after the release of Assassin's Creed Unity, which was not well received by fans, especially due to the game's bugs and issues. The fact is that Assassin's Creed Unity has disapointed a lot of fans, something that undeniably has affected the sales of the following title, Assassin's Creed Syndicate.
This delay would give the developers more time to improve and polish the next Assassin's Creed games. Giving the series a break would also surely help not only Ubisoft but also the Assassin's Creed brand as well, as the frachise has been showing its fatigue for quite a while now.
However, the fact that there's no Assassin's Creed title later this year doesn't mean that we won't be getting an AAA title from Ubisoft this fall. The sources also claim that Ubisoft will be releasing Watch Dogs 2 this fall to fill the gap left by Assassin's Creed. Nothing is known about the game expect that it will be set in San Francisco.
Even with no "big" Assassin's Creed title this year, hardcore fans can still get their hands on the sidescrollers Asssassin's Creed: India next week, and Assassin's Creed: Russia on the 9th of February. The trilogy is also coming to PS Vita on the 5th of April.
If this does turn out to be true, do you think it was a wise move from Ubisoft? Share your thoughts in the comments below.