Ubisoft has now officially confirmed a report from a few weeks back that their flagship gaming series, “Assassin’s Creed,” will not score a new major title release this year after eight years of consistently producing at least one title per year.
Hitting the week that the smaller, side-scrolling “Assassin Creed Chronicles: Russia” hits Steam, Ubisoft says that they are currently re-examining the franchise in the wake of the release of the famously buggy “Assassin’s Creed Unity” and the disappointing sales figures for “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate”:
“This year, we also 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. 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…We’ll have more to share on all of the above soon. In the meantime, we want to say thank you to our millions of fans around the world for your continued support.”
At last report the next game in the series could be codenamed ‘Empire’ and would feature an ancient Egypt setting. The franchise won’t go away though, the new film adaptation of the game series is set to debut on December 21st.