Rumoured Assassin's Creed game from Ubisoft Sofia, was supposed to feature a more linear approach and Uncharted-like gameplay, unlike the most recent Assassin's Creed games.
TA couple of weeks ago, reliable french Assassin's Creed YouTuber and leaker j0nathan shared some insider info regarding the development of yet unannounced Assassin's Creed game and expansions. The leaker stated that the development of the rumoured Assassin's Creed game from Ubisoft Sofia, which was allegedly codenamed Project Richard, has been stopped.
The reason? Well, the positive reception of Assassin's Creed Valhalla and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has slowed down development significantly so Ubisoft decided to put the game on standby for the time being or cancel it completely and focus on a third DLC for Valhalla.
Today, j0nathan revealed some additional details about Project Richard , which would have been very different from Origins, Odyssey and Valhalla. the leaker states that the gameplay is more like Uncharted with semi-linear designed levels and for each level, there would be a semi-open world.
Additionally, Project Richard included a part during the Third Crusade, followed by a story segment about Richard's journey back to the UK. The player character would not have been Richard, but his bodyguard and the game would focus on two scenarios - a man and a woman - who would meet at some point in the game.
At the moment, it is now clear if this game has been cancelled or the development is simply paused. We should get more details about this in the near future.
For now, it seems we're getting three Assassin's Creed Valhalla DLCs and no standalone Assassin's Creed game at least until early 2023. This is just speculation and rumour, of course, so take it with a grain of salt.