It’s been rumored for the last or so that we wouldn’t be seeing an Assassin’s Creed game this year. That’s the first time since Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood that we’ve went without a title annually.
Now, we finally have confirmation direct from the assassin’s mouth that there won’t be a new historical stabbing simulator this year.
“This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016,” wrote Ubisoft in the announcement. The company says that it has learned a lot from feedback on Assassin’s Creed Unity and want to take the year to “evolve the game mechanics and make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed.”
Whether it’s doing an Egypt-based game, which seems likely based on how accurate past leaks have been, this seems like it’s only good for the franchise. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? A year without will give us plenty to wonder about. We’ll likely see the game at E3 all the same, though, as the company has promised that it will “have more to share” soon. Ubisoft’s biggest and most difficult task now is to not oversell and overhype the game and not show any videos that make promises they can’t keep. Ubisoft has been talking a lot about learning from its mistakes, and that will show the company has matured from the past mistakes.
We won’t be totally without, though. The Assassin’s Creed Chronicles series is wrapping up and getting ready to be collected, and there are still rumors that an Assassin’s Creed collection is coming. And of course, there’s the Michael Fassbender-led film, set to hit theaters in time for Christmas on December 21, 2016.