Unconfirmed reports suggest that the next [Assassin's Creed](tag:437814) game codenamed, Empire, will be set in Egypt, focus on the life of a slave and will not release until 2017.
It would seem that this year, the Assassin's Creed franchise may forego their usual annual release tradition, in favor of a new biannual release method.
This revealing report apparently comes from an Assassin's Creed developer speaking out on NeoGAF. The developer states that the next game will be "a complete revamp of the series" featuring "a Witcher feel, with player progression" and a "freeform combat system."
It is likely that Ubisoft will fill the annual Assasin's Creed spot with the follow up to their open world hacking title, Watchdogs. Watchdogs 2 will take 2016 with Assassin's Creed Empire following up in the third quarter of next year.
The report goes onto to reveal that the new protagonist is likely to be a "slave or ex-slave" who has a pet eagle that the player can manually control. This will probably be similar to their most recent VR game that allowed players to fly around Paris as an eagle.
The story of Empire is set to be twice as big as the Creed's we are currently used to with ramped up visuals that will apparently put Battlefront to shame. Ubisoft declined to offer any clarification to the media. "We can't comment on rumor or speculation," a spokesperson told GameSpot. "We're always happy when players are excited about our games, past, present, and future".
If you are not a Watchdogs fan, do not despair - players will still be able to get their Assassin's Creed fix with the ongoing Chronicles series and DLC drops for Syndicate. Check out the Jack The Ripper DLC.
Plus, the new Assassin's Creed movie will be releasing in December. Still plenty of cloak and dagger action to sink your teeth into this year.
In my opinion, Ubisoft skipping out on a 2016 release will not be the worse thing to happen this year. For one, we get Watchdogs 2 (and it has to be better than the first one right?).
Secondly, the series is strong enough now to not necessitate an annual release - thinking back to the release of Unity - it could serve them well to take a little more time during that final fix. And thirdly, the idea of an Assassin's Creed title that plays out like a Witcher game is a very tantalizing proposition. But what do you think?
We will know more come February when Ubisoft release their annual profit reports.