The next Assassin's Creed game from Ubisoft will not be set in 15th century Mesoamerica, despite the rumours suggesting otherwise. Also, there's a game set in Japan, reportedly.
UPDATE: Assassin's Creed could finally be heading to Japan. Reliable Jeff Grubb has revealed recently that an Assassin's Creed game coming after Rift and Infinity will have a Japanese setting and be akin to Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Odyssey in terms of gameplay.
Sadly, no other details about such a game are known at this point. It's possible that this ends up being one of the Assassin's Creed Infinity experiences but until we get more details, take everything with a grain of salt.
Original Story: Ubisoft have several big Assassin's Creed games in development right now but none of these titles is set in 15th century Mesoamerica, claims reliable Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier .
Rumours surfaced earlier this week that a new Assassin's Creed game would be set in the Aztec Empire but Schreier was adamant that he has not heard of such a project. He confirmed that the next Assassin's Creed game is set in Baghdad.
"Would be some wacky time travel shenanigans if Basim went to the Aztec Empire. The next Assassin's Creed game is Rift, which is set in Baghdad," he wrote. "I've also heard about the two main games in development as part of Assassin's Creed Infinity, and neither of them are Aztec. Maybe there's some super secret spinoff in production somewhere, but I haven't heard of it!"
Assassin's Creed Rift was supposed to be a DLC for Valhalla but Ubisoft decided to turn it into a full game, which will be smaller in scope and focused on stealth gameplay. The game is set in Baghdad and follows Basim Ibn Ishaq, a member of the Hidden Ones who appeared in Assassin's Creed Valhalla .
Furthermore, Ubisoft's main Assassin's Creed title for the future will be Infinity, which is a live-service title with evolving world, coming after Rift. The game is described as a massive online platform that evolves over time with new settings and interconnected stories.
Infinity is rumoured to have Hitman-like levels inspired by Helix missions from Assassin's Creed Unity. So expect smaller, more linear missions akin to older Assassin's Creed games, which is something that fans of the franchise have been asking for ever since Ubisoft decided to change the Assassin's Creed concept upside down with Odyssey.
Both Assassin's Creed Rift and Infinity are yet to be properly announced by Ubisoft. The former is expected to launch in late 2022 or early 2023 while Infinity may not come before late 2023.
Of course, this is just a rumour at this point so take these release dates with a grain of salt, especially in today's day and age where games are regularly delayed.
All in all, no, we won't be getting an Assassin's Creed Aztec game anytime soon according to reliable sources but there will be plenty of other Assassin's Creed games in the coming years.