Games maker Ubisoft has announced that the popular Assassin Creed franchise will not return until 2017.
The two most recent instalments in the stealth action game series – Assassin’s Creed Unity released in 2014, and 2015’s Syndicate – have both received lukewarm reactions from the critics. Ubisoft is now said to want to take more time to get the next game right, breaking its traditional annual release cycle to do so.
In a statement, the gaming firm said: “Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise.
“We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable game play experiences that make history everyone’s playground.”
The new Assassin’s Creed, due to be released in 2017, is rumoured to be called Empires. Reports also suggest that it will be set in Ancient Egypt, with some missions taking players to Greece. This news at least, has excited fans.
There will however still be some Assassin’s Creed-related content to fill the void this year. Side games such as Assassin’s Creed Chronicles launched in early February, and a movie is due at the end of this year, starring Michael Fassbender.
The next Assassin’s Creed will apparently tell how the war between the Assassins and Templars started and explain the origins of the war that has spanned centuries in the game.