It looks like the next Assassin’s Creed game may be looking at a longer development period than recent games in the series, with a rumored setting that will take players to a locale that doesn’t frequently pop up in video games, much less the Assassin’s Creed series.

Keep in mind that all of this is built off of rumors piled on rumors at the moment, but Kotaku is reporting that the next Assassin’s Creed game will be set in Egypt and will be breaking from the series’ traditional annual release schedule, not arriving until 2017.

The original rumor popped up on 4chan this morning, with someone claiming to work with Ubisoft making the above claims about the next Assassin’s Creed game. Those comments have since been gathered on neogaf.

According to those posts, the next Assassin’s Creed will not only be set in the land of the Pyramids and releasing in 2017, but the developer has decided to go a feel more akin to The Witcher. In other words, they’re saying you can expect a big, open world filled with missions. This supposed “complete revamp” of the series will keep the trademark freeform combat and bring back horse riding. Apparently the folks responsible for the beloved Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag are working on the project.

Again, it would be ill-advised to take anything like the above rumors at face value but, according to the Kotaku report, an unnamed source has confirmed much of what has been stated. Apparently the working title for the game is Empire, so we suppose it is just as likely that the next Assassin’s Creed will be set within the dangerous world of hip hop record labels.

Jests aside, this seems like a solid move for the series, if true. Even with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate earning critical favor, the series is hit or miss at this point in its life cycle. That’s probably largely to do with the fact that, traditionally, the games come out on a yearly basis. Leaving a bit of breathing room between entries should allow more time for polish, as well as creativity.

Even without a new main game, the Assassin’s Creed universe is going to be a busy one in 2016. There’s that movie coming to the silver screen down the road, as well as two new entries in the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles series coming much sooner. Following on the heels of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, gamers have Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India due out in January and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia following in February.

So what say you, readers? Are you a bit overdosed on hoodies and wrist daggers or do you want to see a new Assassin’s Creed game this fall come hell or high water? Let us know in the comments below.

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