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Next 'Assassin's Creed' game? Beyond 2017

Ubisoft are going back to a proper development cycle

With the upcoming theatrical release of the 'Assassin's Creed' movie set for the lore-laden date of 21st December, the fans of the franchise have a lot to look forward to. Sadly, not a new Assassin's Creed game.

Assassin's Creed rooftops
Assassin's Creed rooftops

Starting with Assassin's Creed 2 back in 2009, Ubisoft has vowed to deliver a new game each year. Even then, a percentage of the audience was sceptical that this was not the best choice to make, and they were not too wrong. Most of the series' fans will agree that the breaking point of the franchise was the fiasco with Unity, when the game was released months before it was actually ready.

As a result, the game received negative reviews in the months to follow, forcing Ubisoft to release a new DLC for free in order not to lose the community that they'd built up for so long. 

Assassin's Creed III
Assassin's Creed III

Learning from their mistakes, Ubisoft announced earlier this year that no Assassin's Creed game will be released in 2016, hence ending their overly-ambitious tradition. In a more recent interview with IGN, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot hinted that a new title may not be released in 2017 either.

We are left to speculate where the new game will lead us. To recall, the franchise first introduced us to the Masyaf Assassins in the original Assassin's Creed. Following that, we have witnessed the Assassin/Templar conflict through the renaissance, American civil war, industrial revolution and even glimpses of World War I.

Will the next game lead us further east, to the great kingdom of Genghis Khan, or witness the rise of Japanese Samurai Assassins?