Following rumored reports earlier this year, Ubisoft has confirmed that the Assassin’s Creed franchise will be taking 2016 off, the first time since 2008 a major Assassin’s Creed game has not debuted.
“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,” a post on the official Ubisoft blog reads. The post specifically calls out the company’s look at player feedback on the franchise since 2014’s much-maligned Assassin’s Creed Unity, which released in an extremely buggy state. While last year’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate indicated a return to form for the franchise, Ubisoft looks to be taking even more time 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.”
Assassin’s Creed won’t be entirely absent for the calendar year, though, as it will see a cinematic adaptation starring Michael Fassbender hit theaters in December. Additionally, two smaller Assassin’s Creed Chronicles releases debuted since the start of 2016. And a mobile game, Assassin’s Creed Identity, drops later this month.
Ubisoft did not comment on the rumored reports that the next Assassin’s Creed would reportedly take place in Egypt. But the lack of an AC release in 2016 leaves a hole open in Ubisoft’s traditional yearly release schedule. The company has not said what, if any franchise might take its place this fall.