Assassin’s Creed may not return in 2017, according to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. Earlier this year Ubisoft announced that no new game would be released in 2016, so that developers could ‘re-examine’ the franchise.
When Ubisoft confirmed reports that the hit adventuring series was set to take a break back in February, the gaming giant said in a statement: “We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.”
The problems for Ubisoft and the Assassin’s Creed series began with 2014’s Unity, which suffered a disastrous launch tied to its central premise of four-player co-op play woven into the main narrative. Syndicate was better received in 2015, but franchise fatigue was clear and fans and critics alike agreed that a break would be best for the series.
The absence of a new game hasn’t meant the series vanished from the public eye. Ubisoft recently announced Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection – encompassing remakes of AC 2, Brotherhood and Revelations – which is set for release for PS4 and Xbox One on 17 November.
An Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard is set for release in late December in the US and 1 January in the UK.