According to reports, Assassin’s Creed is set to go on a break this year and will return in 2017 with an Egyptian setting. Instead, Ubisoft is to release the sequel to Watch Dogs in its place. It’s worth taking this information with a dash of salt however, before we dive further into the news.
Following a number of reports through 4Chan and NeoGAF, Kotaku has heard from sources close to Ubisoft who has confirmed some of the above news. Apparently Assassin’s Creed will be taking a break from the usual annual release, and will leave room for another one of Ubisoft’s titles, Watch Dogs 2.
Ubisoft hasn’t really had a great track record with games in the past couple of years, with the mess that was Assassin’s Creed Unity in 2014, and then Assassin’s Creed Syndicate in 2015 which received mixed reviews. So it comes as no surprise that Ubisoft is putting it aside for a year.
Upon its return in 2017, the game, currently code-named Empire, will be based in ancient Egypt, unfortunately the sources and online rumours didn’t hint at what else the game will contain. Apparently, the choice to delay the game for an additional year was made after Unity’s colossal failure, allowing the team to work on improving and polishing the game. This bi-annual approach could be the new way Assassin’s Creed games are released, according to Kotaku’s source.
Unfortunately the sources didn’t reveal any information as to whether the Watch Dogs 2 rumours were true, so again, it’s worth taking these ideas with a pinch of salt.
With Far Cry Primal set to launch this year along with their ambitious Tom Clancy’s The Division, and possibly the launch of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, we have plenty coming from Ubisoft this year, already.