The ever-popular Assassin's Creed franchise, from video game developer Ubisoft, has seen a major new release nearly every year since the first installment in the series was put on store shelves way back in 2007. Consequentially, fans of the historical science-fiction action-adventure property have come to depend on said annual installments, even in the face of various technical glitches that disrupted gameplay in both the critically derided Unity from 2014, and its better-received successor from this past fall.
However, despite the favorable reception lauded onto Assassin's Creed Syndicate, the title suffered in terms of sales, largely due to the poor performance of its predecessor. Presumably in a move to address these issues, the latest news on the next title in the series will see that game potentially pushed back by at least a year.
According to Kotaku, the next Assassin's Creed -- tentatively titled Empire with a central narrative reported to take place in Egypt -- may not launch until 2017, and could mark a shift in development on behalf of Ubisoft that will result in a biennial cycle for the franchise moving forward. Starting this morning, rumors about the development and subsequent release of the new game have been churning on 4chan boards, where an anonymous poster, claiming to be a developer on the new game, dropped the story first.
Firsthand testimony dating back over the course of last year that has been gleaned from sources familiar with Ubisoft property and the title in question suggests that Empire has been centered around Egypt for quiet some time now, with an original 2017 release date having been previously planned. Given this information and insight, it would make sense that, in the light of several lesser-polished titles in the franchise, Ubisoft might want to take more time to finish their games before making them available to the public -- if only to avoid another disaster as harmful as Unity has since proven to be.
With the December 2016 theatrical release of the new feature film starring Michael Fassbender, it's probably a good idea for Ubisoft to delay the next title in the video game franchise until the next year - if nothing else than to help generate more enthusiasm for the new cinematic adaptation. Even if this latest update on the development of the next game proves to be inaccurate, the new Justin Kurzel movie is verifiably on the way.
Screen Rant will keep you posted as more information becomes available on Assassin's Creed Empire. Meanwhile, the Assassin's Creed movie will see theatrical release on December 21st, 2016.