2016 will be the first year without a new mainline Assassin’s Creed game since 2008, according to Kotaku sources.
The next Assassin’s Creed, which the website believes is code-named Empire, will be set in Egypt and launch in 2017. The decision to delay Empire was made after 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Unity. The additional time will allow the development team more room to improve and polish the game.
According to Kotaku’s source, this bi-annual approach could be a new trend for Assassin’s Creed.
One source also told Kotaku that the game would also take place in ancient Rome, although that may have changed. The rumor also appeared on 4chan this morning (compiled by NeoGAF), and the 4chan post claimed that “there are talks about making a trilogy of this same character, so they might explore Greece/Rome next.”
While there won’t be an Assassin’s Creed game this year, Kotaku’s sources indicate that possible substitution Watch Dogs 2 will be out later this year and is set in San Francisco. That’s not too surprising, considering it leaked back in April.
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