After going quiet in 2016, Ubisoft looks set to bring back Assassin’s Creed.
Eurogamer reports the game, reportedly titled Assassin’s Creed: Origins, will be a prequel set in ancient Egypt. A screenshot leaked on Reddit (and later corroborated by Eurogamer as authentic) lends credence to this report with a few notable clues.
For one, the off-screen image displays mission text that reads: “Assassinate the Crocodile,” with an active goal to “follow Shadya to Khenut’s Villa.” Doing a quick Google search, and it’s revealed Khenut was an Egyptian queen who lived during the Fifth Dynasty.
The image also shows off a wooden sailboat in some kind of canal. Boats were an integral part of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, which many regard as one of the franchise’s best entries. It’s unclear if boats will play a prominent role in Origins, or if they’ll simply be an additional way to travel, much like the carriages were in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate.
Additionally, the character steering the boat appears to use a bow and arrow, along with a small shield. If indeed one of the game’s main weapons is a bow and arrow, it will certainly make for some cool ways to assassinate enemies.
Since confirming the series would go on hiatus in 2016, Ubisoft hasn’t come forward to announce any future plans for the franchise. When Ubisoft confirmed Assassin’s Creed was taking a year off, the company said it wanted to re-examine the franchise and evolve the game’s mechanics.
It’s unclear from the image what kind of new mechanics are being introduced, but perhaps we’ll learn more when E3 kicks off this summer.
According to EuroGamer, Assassin’s Creed: Origins is currently slated for a fall 2017 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.