PFT: No main Assassin’s Creed in 2016? Don’t panic!
Since the launch of the original Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft made sure it released a new entry in the franchise each year. This resulted in masterpieces like Brotherhood but more recently in disappointments like Unity. The most recent one, Syndicate, did a lot of things right and proved that gamers still appreciate the franchise for what is it. One thing’s for sure however, a lot of gamers grew tired of a yearly episode. Skipping 2016 might be a great idea to really put the franchise back on tracks!
The rumor of this new Assassin’s Creed game, codenamed ‘Empire’ was spread on Kotaku. Kotaku has a very trustworthy reputation when it comes to rumors and leaks. Recently they leaked accurate screenshots of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate months before Ubisoft decided to show it to the world. If Kotaku tells us the next big Assassin’s Creed might skip 2016, we have reason to listen.
This new installment is supposed to take place in Egypt, years before the start of the first Assassin’s Creed game. This would give the developers more freedom to step away from the complex story they’ve created this far. Empire could mark the start of a soft reboot of the franchise. Some sources even claim that climbing and running won’t form a huge part of the game. The same source also claims that you’ll be able to control your own Eagle, horses and boats would make a return as well.
If we can believe the rumors, you’ll take control of an escaped slave and play in the biggest open world yet. The Witcher 3: Wild Run would serve as an example for the developers. Nothing’s certain at this point but some sources even point out the protagonist will be featured in a new trilogy where ancient Rome and Greece might be the next stops.
It’s a great idea to skip a year
If these rumors turn out to be true, we understand why Ubisoft would like to use an extra year to polish this new entry. Ubisoft knows the franchise took a blow with the release of Unity. A lot of fans expected the impossible and Ubisoft simple couldn’t deliver. A lot of these mistakes got solved in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which is the best current generation Assassin’s Creed game for sure. Although it’s good, it still has a lot of typical Assassin’s Creed bugs. Running into invisible walls, strange control-input and a lot more still result in more skeptical fans. Ubisoft needs to ‘save’ the franchise, so a little reboot could really work.
Choosing Egypt as key location is another smart move. Along with Japan/China, Egypt was one of the most-demanded locations of the fans. If Ubisoft wants to bring the franchise to Egypt, they better nail everything about it in order to keep their fans happy. We certainly hope the company will take its time and polish the game as much as possible.
Hardcore Assassin’s Creed fans might be disappointed with this delay but I think it’s really the right time to slow the franchise down. We don’t need an Assassin’s Creed every year; we expect a great story combined with great gameplay. If this takes an extra year of development, so be it!
Room for other Ubisoft franchises
No Assassin’s Creed in 2016 would also mean more room for other Ubisoft franchises during the Holiday Season. Watch Dogs is rumored to return in Watch Dogs 2: San Francisco (?). But I really hope Ubisoft will continue to switch their major IP each year. In 2016 we’ll get Watch Dogs 2, in 2017 we’ll get Assassin’s Creed and in 2018 we get a new Prince of Persia. Sounds a bit too optimistic perhaps but I’m hoping for more variation in the Ubisoft line-up and this might mark the start of a new era. Ubisoft has a lot of great franchises so skipping certain franchises to give other franchises more space could only work to their benefit. Nothing is true, everything is permitted… Right?!
There’s till plenty of Assassin’s Creed action in 2016
Nothing in this article has been confirmed yet but what if it turns out to be the truth? Hardcore Assassin’s Creed fans don’t need to worry yet. 2016 is already filled with some great Assassin’s Creed love! First of all there Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India; launches this month and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia a month later. Sure, those are not that big but they’ll ease the pain without a doubt.
If you’re not that much of a fan of the Chronicles games, you’ll might enjoy the Assassin’s Creed Movie of Michael Fassbender this December.
As you can see, Ubisoft made sure Assassin’s Creed fans got something to look forward to in 2016, even if this means they need to skip a year before they release the new major instalment in the franchise.