Fans of Ubisoft’s flagship franchise Assassin’s Creed got quite excited this morning: a leaked screen of what looks like a prototype for the next game was shared by a known industry insider on Twitter.
While there is no way to verify the authenticity of the image just yet, there are reports that a name featured in the image, Peter Tran, is associated with Ubisoft Montreal, Canada, one of the studios behind the series.
The image displays a screenshot of a “pause menu”, featuring a glass-like Pyramid, that has left fans convinced that the next game will be set in Ancient Egypt. There had already been plenty of rumours indicating that was Ubisoft’s plan for the next installment, but this is the first time there has been any evidence to support it.
Known as Assassin’s Creed Empire and made by the team behind Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, the game will feature a new protagonist who is reported to be an ex-slave in Ancient Egypt. The team are going for a more Witcher feel this time round, with player progression and a freeform combat system, with a diverse and colourful game world that features blue skies, lush vegetation, desert sequences and mirages. Horses are back, as well as boats for transportation and there are also rumours that you will have an eagle under your control to scout out areas, similar to the feature used in Far Cry Primal.
There is no release date for the PS4 and Xbox One title and even though we are not getting an annual release this year, a recent article implied that we may not be getting one next year either.
Ubisoft VP of Editorial, Tommy François made a statement in a recent interview saying that they want “more quality, more polish” with these games, “so if this means biting the [bullet] and not having an Assassin’s game, or a Far Cry [in 2017], f*** it.”
Ubisoft is releasing a remastered edition of The Ezio Collection (featuring Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed Revelations) which is set to be released on November 15th for the Xbox One and Ps4 consoles.