Despite the Assassin’s Creed franchise remaining in the public eye with spin-offs and a new movie launching later this year, this will actually be the first time in 6 years where a main game in the series will not be released. This is largely being done so that the developers can regroup and decide how to make the series feel fresh again after stagnating with the last couple of entries.
While many would assume that the next game would naturally launch in 2017 instead, it looks like Ubisoft isn’t quite ready to confirm that yet. Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot recently spoke with GameSpot about the series’ hiatus, and he replied with the following:
“What we saw in the development of the next [Assassin’s Creed] was that we had an opportunity to take it to another level. So we said we’ll take all the time it takes to make the experience fantastic. It was feasible because we have other games. There’s a huge potential in this game to revolutionize the IP, so we said, ‘Let’s make sure we change our model so we have more time and that we can bring back a greater experience.'”
Guillemot was then asked whether or not the next game in the series would launch in 2017, and he replied with “It will be back when it’s ready. That’s when we feel we have something there.”
It would be pretty shocking if Ubisoft were willing to let their biggest franchise go two years without a main entry release, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. The last main game in the series to release was Assassin’s Creed Syndicate in 2015.