Ubisoft is going back to its roots and a yearly Assassin’s Creed release, if this report checks out.
According to Insider-Gaming, Ubisoft isn’t just working on just fived Assassin’s Creed games they announced late last year, but are already planning three more.
In October 2022, Ubisoft announced Project Invictus, an Assassin’s Creed multiplayer game, just one month after they revealed four games in development: Mirage, Codename Red, Codename Hexe, and Codename Jade. Those join a rumored but yet to be announced Project Nexus, which would be a VR game and will probably be officially revealed at E3 2023.
According to Insider Gaming though, Ubisoft is going full steam on Assassin’s Creed even beyond that, with multiple studios around the globe pitching their own ideas.
From the report:
“Ubisoft Sofia, known for co-developing Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation and Assassin’s Creed Rogue has pitched Project Nebula – An Assassin’s Creed title that will have three different settings; India, Aztec Empire, and Mediterranean.
Ubisoft Chengdu has pitched Project Raid – A free-to-play 4-player co-operative title that will be PvE. It’s believed that the titles characters will all be from the Assassin’s Creed universe.
Ubisoft Annecy, known for developing the multiplayer portion of games like Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell, as well as co-developing The Division 2 with Massive Entertainment has pitched Project Echoes, which has been described as a multiplayer title that will use Ubisoft Scalar technology”.
While there’s no way to verify that report, considering they use unnamed sources, the news is believable, considering the studios named.
Personally, I’d love for a way for Ubisoft to greenlight a sort of sequel or spin-off or prequel or whatever to Assassin’s Creed Rogue, one of the most underrated games of the series. Developed at Ubisoft Sofia and Ubisoft Bucharest among others, it was a critical success that unfortunately got eclipsed by the critical mess that was Assassin’s Creed Unity, which released in the same timeframe.
If Insider-Gaming’s report is proven to be true and Ubisoft will try to launch a yearly AC game that’s different from the previous one, Assassin’s Creed could once again become one of the biggest franchises around. Hopefully this time they’ll not just change the setting but also vary gameplay mechanics to combat the AC fatigue many gamers complained about in the past.
Also, if they plan a new movie, it would be great if this time they’ll let HBO have the rights to it, since The Last Of Us showed you could do a game justice. What a waste of Michael Fassbender that Assassin’s Creed movie was!