Ubisoft announced that there will not be a main-series Assassin’s Creed game released this year.
The company stated that the reason behind the break from the Assassin’s Creed franchise in order to to re-examine the franchise, specifically citing the feedback from Unity‘s messy launch.
“This year, we… are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin?s Creed franchise. As a result, we?ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin?s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin?s Creed Unity, we?ve learned a lot based on your feedback,” said Ubisoft on the company’s official blog. “We?ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin?s Creed a premier open-world franchise. 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.”
Ubisoft said that they will release more details “soon.”
The announcement confirms earlier reports of the series’ hiatus that came in January. The report also stated that the next Assassin’s Creed game would be set in Egypt and will share similarities with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, though Ubisoft did not confirm or deny those rumors.
The company could also be putting the series on hiatus in order to make way for either the upcoming film starring Michael Fassbender or the yet-unannounced Assassin’s Creed Collection, which Ubisoft registered the domain “AssassinsCreedCollection.com” for late last year, potentially pointing towards an HD remastering.
2016 will be the first year without a major Assassin’s Creed title since the series’ second entry in 2009.