It’s Assassin’s Creed rumor and speculation day here on the Internet, and the only verifiable thing among them all is that ACV won’t be set in Japan’s samurai age, Jade Raymond confirmed to Adweek in a recent interview.
According to Adweek’s piece, Raymond does think the setting would be cool and make for a good Assassin’s Creed backdrop, the next game will instead be set in her favorite historical era—whatever that is. Clearly, when pressed, she did not relent. To do so would spoil the surprise.
“When we’re building a franchise, we’re thinking of a whole universe and how we’re developing a meta-story that could live on for many years in games and TV,” Raymond told Adweek. “If the story has nowhere to go, then you end up with the videogame equivalent of The Matrix 2 or something where it’s never going to be quite as genius.”
Meanwhile, rumors that Assassin’s Creed V will be set during the twilight years of the Industrial Revolution in Victorian London surfaced on NeoGAF this morning from an all-too-clearly-fake press release, which features hazy, unspecific language and lacks the obligatory Yves Guillemot quote that a real Assassin’s Creed press release would contain.
When asked for comment, a Ubisoft spokesperson made it clear to EGM that the company doesn’t respond to rumors. Expect an official reveal of the next Assassin’s Creed game very, very soon, however—it was about this time of year in 2013 when Black Flag was formally announced.