The rumor appeared on the site 4Chan, where an alleged developer (so he says) announced that the new game would be released, instead, in 2017, and would mark the beginning of a bi-annual release for the games from here on out. He then went on to say that the player will take control as “a slave or ex-slave”, and that the game will be a “complete reboot” of the series, with such things as player progression and free-form combat (he compared it to the Witcher game series, saying it would “feel” like Witcher).
Kotaku then added fuel to the rumour, announcing that the game would be called Assassins Creed Empire, with an Egyptian setting, a bi-annual release, and that 2016 would likely see the release of Watch Dogs 2.
Of course, as rumors go, these are just that for now, with Ubisoft refusing to offer any details either way. When pushed by the press for details, they said “We can’t comment on rumor or speculation… in the meantime, we hope that the latest images from the Assassins Creed movie set will keep fans of the franchise happy and eager to find out more!” Perhaps Ubisoft is using the new AC movie to give them a chance to revamp the whole series, in which case could be truth behind the rumours.
With the recent mess in the sales of the AC games, due to the poor quality release of Unity back in 2014, perhaps this hit home to Ubisoft, that they should forget yearly releases, and focus on perfecting the game.
What’s your opinion on this? Personally, if these rumours do turn out to be true, I think it’s a good idea to do at least a bi-annual release, what with the quality of AC games slowly declining as they came along (of course, the emphasis on the multiplayer also led to a suffering single player game). This could be what the series needs to keep it from dying out.