Ubisoft, now increasingly part-owned by Tencent as of this week, is about to reveal some new projects during its Ubisoft Forward showcase on September 10. Unfortunately for them, almost everything is leaking early, including not one, not two, but Three Assassin’s Creed games, as Ubisoft looks to triple down on the franchise.
Earlier this week, Assassin’s Creed Mirage was leaked, verifying earlier rumors about a game set in 800 AD Baghdad guest starring AC: Valhalla Basim, a “back to basics” of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Less viking battles and more… cloaks and murders.
But that is not all. Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier reports that as part of the Assassin’s Creed Infinity “platform,” there are two more Assassin’s Creed games on the way.
- There’s Red, a codename for an Assassin’s Creed game being developed in Quebec City and set in Japan.
- And there’s Neo/Hexe, a code name for one set in Montreal set in the late Holy Roman Empire period that will deal with witch trials.
None are expected before 2024, and it looks like the Mirage could arrive as early as next year.
Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in 2020, the game has seen many content expansions and live events, but it seems that Ubisoft wants to go back to selling new copies of AC games, hence the three they have planned. Since all of these have been leaked, previously the idea of Assassin’s Creed Infinity was leaked, where it would be a “hub” for future AC content, and likely filled with games that weren’t on the massive scale like something like Valhalla, to be able to to jump to more time periods more often.
You can tell that Assassin’s Creed exhaustion has arrived and that Ubisoft is leaning too much into the franchise, but it’s still their flagship, and Valhalla put up big numbers for them. More AC games in more digestible sizes may be the ticket for gamers to re-engage with the franchise, rather than some mega-title every three years. On the other hand, there was a reason Ubisoft walked away from making Assassin’s Creed an annual franchise in the first place, and I’m still not quite sure how it will be any different going back to that time. It sure sounds pretty similar.
Ubisoft will also show games like Skull and Bones and The Division Heartland on display. Ubisoft swears that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is still happening, even though it was announced years ago and gone since, and if ever there was time for a status update, it would be now. Otherwise, Ubisoft remains in a somewhat awkward spot with many of its IPs, and it’s unclear what the future holds for them, be it acquisition by a mega-corporation or continued existence as is.
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