New reports reveal that the Assassin's Creed Japan game is codenamed Project Red and will be part of Assassin's Creed Infinity.
According to the newly released report from Kotaku , Ubisoft are indeed working on an Assassin's Creed game set in Asia.
The game is codenamed Project Red and will be part of Assassin's Creed Infinity , a platform for all upcoming Assassin's Creed games.
According to the report, it's unclear if the game is indeed set in Japan, but people familiar with the matter said it's "a highly requested setting" that fans will be happy with.
Original Story: It's been quite a week for the Assassin's Creed franchise with all sorts of rumours regarding the next game's setting flying around.
The rumour about the Aztec Empire setting has been squashed fairly quickly by reliable Bloomberg reported Jason Schreier, who also revealed that the next Assassin's Creed game is named Rift and set in Baghdad.
In addition to that, we know of other Assassin's Creed games that are in development right now - Assassin's Creed Infinity , which is a live-service game with evolving world, that will regularly add new Assassin's Creed stories to the mix.
And according to reliable industry insider Jeff Grubb , there is another upcoming Assassin's Creed game, which could be set in Japan. Grubb was pretty adamant that he does not know whether this is a full-scale game or a smaller experience for Assassin's Creed Infinity.
"The one coming up after all this other stuff supposedly or maybe it is part of Infinity, I don't know, but it will be much more like the RPG ones and it's gonna be set in Japan," Grubb said.
Keep in mind that Grubb was not able to confirm some of his info so take everything with a grain of salt, just like with any other rumour or unconfirmed report.
If his sources are correct, it may take years before we hear about the game since Assassin's Creed Infinity is rumoured to be coming in late 2023 at the earliest.
If we had to guess, we would say Ubisoft are probably going for the Sengoku Period between 1467 AD and 1568 AD when Japan underwent a series of civil wars between rival warlords.
Japan certainly is one of the most highly-requested locations for an Assassin's Creed game but interestingly, Ubisoft are yet to release a big Assassin's Creed game set in the land of the rising sun. The franchise visited Renaissance Italy, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ancient Greece, Victorian London, England during the Viking Age and Revolutionary America among others but it looks like Japan was never that attractive to the publisher.
Years ago, Assassin's Creed III Creative Director Alex Hutchinson even commented on the matter by saying that Japan setting and ninjas have always been "well-mined in videogames".
"Feudal Japan would work as an Assassin's game, for sure, but I feel like it would start to look like 'oh, have I played this?' You know what I mean - 'oh, I've been a ninja before, I've been a samurai before'," he explained.
Since Hutchinson is no longer at Ubisoft, perhaps there's some hope that a Feudal Japan Assassin's Creed game becomes a reality.
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