The Assassin’s Creed movie has finished filming and is ready to move on to the next steps.
Azaiza Aymar, head of content for the franchise, posted the following to Twitter, making it about as official as you can get:
— Azaïzia Aymar (@AymarMtl) January 15, 2016
The movie is set for a December 2016 release, so the teams in charge of editing and special effects have most of a year to get the movie polished.
Unconfirmed rumors suggest that the game franchise that spawned this film is skipping this year, instead releasing the next entry – currently code-named Assassin’s Creed Empire – in 2017 so that the team has time to make a proper next-gen Assassin’s Creed game.
It’s surprising that they’d choose the year that the film arrives to not release a big game. That may be a matter of circumstance – the film being ready and the game not – or it might be a decision to keep the movie and game from being confusing to consumers when they end up being about totally different characters in different time periods. Empire is set to take place in ancient Egypt according to rumors, while the film, which stars Michael Fassbender, has its assassin in 15th century Spain.
The year should still be quite filled with assassins, though, as the 2D Assassin’s Creed Chronicles games are still finishing up, and hints point to a possible Assassin’s Creed anthology in the works.