Last year Ubisoft took a break with Assassin's Creed in an attempt to give the series some breathing room after Assassin's Creed: Syndicate turned out the second worst sales opening next to Assassin's Creed: Rogue. Well, new rumors have surfaced for what could be next in the Assassin's Creed franchise.
After taking a year off and letting Sony's Assassin's Creed movie keep people reminded about the time-traveling, philosophically ardent assassination series, Ubisoft is rumored to be making a comeback in the form of a new game due out this holiday season called Assassin's Creed: Origins.
The news comes from WWG, who claims that some info has been leaked to them that details some key points in the supposedly upcoming 2017 release.
First of all, they note that the game will be set in Egypt, and will supposedly center around the origins of the Assassin's Creed mythos. Much like Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, Ubisoft will be keeping with the dual-gendered story roles, with the main characters being both male and female.
This also applies to the way the game's story unfolds, which they say is non-linear, similar to Skyrim or Fallout, where players can venture around a supposedly vast open-world to progress their character or explore new areas.
The game's world will span several countries it seems, with the WWG report noting that boat travel that was introduced in Assassin's Creed III and perfected in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will make a return, enabling players to journey outside of Egypt to places like Greece. This coincides with previous rumors that were reported on here at CinemaBlend indicating that Greece was going to be one of the locations in the upcoming game.
They state that this will be the biggest Assassin's Creed yet, but they kind of use that tagline for every new Assassin's Creed. The rumors don't say anything about combat or gameplay mechanics and focus mostly on the freedom aspects.
The biggest issue, however, isn't with the location or the scope of the map size. These have rarely ever been the complaints from the community about Ubisoft's highly popular title.
For one, they had a lot of regressive mechanics in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, such as the removal of the whole seafaring adventures, and the lack of weapon variety, as well as a reduced focus on parkour. The last one was the real head-scratcher since parkour has been one of the staple features of the franchise. Instead, they tried to mirror the traversal system after the Batman: Arkham games by relying on a grappling hook.
Hopefully, instead of taking features out they will put features back in and then add on to that. A lot of people still say that Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is still the best in the series, so we'll see if Ubisoft can top that if they really are planning on launching Assassin's Creed: Origins this fall. One of the rumors is that seafaring will be part of this new game as well.
The new game is expected to make its official debut at this year's E3, and is rumored to launch this fall.