Though the Templars and Assassins will be hitting movie theaters in 2016, Ubisoft is reportedly skipping a major Assassin’s Creed release in 2016.
Sources tell Kotaku that the next Assassin’s Creed, code-named Empire and set in ancient Egypt, will not be released until 2017. It would be the first year Ubisoft has not released a mainline title in the franchise since 2008, the gap year between the first two numbered games in the franchise.
Kotaku’s report claims that the extended development time is in response to the technical issues and subsequent poor response of 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Unity. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate indicated a positive step for the franchise, with a warmer critical reception and fewer prominent technical issues, like those that plagued Unity players.
“We can’t comment on rumor or speculation,” a representative for Ubisoft said in a statement. “We’re always happy when players are excited about our games, past, present, and future.”
Whether a major console and PC Assassin’s Creed game will release this year, Ubisoft has announced that two further Assassin’s Creed Chronicles games, taking place in India and Russia, will release in 2016.