The streets of revolutionary Paris are about to give way to those of merry old England as soon as next year if new reports are to be believed about the next entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Assassin’s Creed: Victory will be led by the latest in the series’ long line of Brits and take you on the carriage ride of your life.
The news was first broken by Kotaku, including a variety of screenshots, two of which you can see above and down below. Ubisoft has since confirmed to Joystiq that the assets, including a video allegedly seen by Kotaku, are authentic.
According to Kotaku, the video in question involved a full tease of the game’s stealth and combat mechanics, featuring a mission to assassinate a probable Templar while aboard his carriage in downtown Victorian London. (Hence the ‘Victory’ title. Get it?) If the assets and concepts revealed by Kotaku reach fruition, Victory will introduce a grappling hook mechanic.
Ubisoft has since admitted that Victory is indeed real and under development at the Quebec studio:
It is always unfortunate when internal assets, not intended for public consumption, are leaked. And, while we certainly welcome anticipation for all of our upcoming titles, we’re disappointed for our fans, and our development team, that this conceptual asset is now public.
The studio further confirmed that the title has been under development for the past few years by new studio Ubisoft Quebec, and will be released sometime soon. As gamers have no doubt become aware, the studio’s most recent series entry of Assassin’s Creed: Unity has been suffering a host of bugs, glitches, and assorted technical hiccups of all the worst kinds following its release on all systems to varying degrees.
In response, Ubisoft assured that their number one priority for the time being while their Quebec studio forges ahead with Victory. Ubisoft has since followed through on at least part of its promise, working steadily to provide a collection of online patches fixing some of the game’s frame-rate troubles and freakish facial animations. It has also offered a number of DLC for free as another olive branch to owners of the game.
Whether Ubisoft will press forward with its intended annual cycle for Assassin’s Creed or pauses due to Unity is unknown despite speculation by unconfirmed sources that the game will release later next fall as expected. In the meantime, gamers may agree that the series’ present state may be a ways away from “victory” any time soon.
Tell us: Are you excited for your very own open-world England to run around in? Or is it just too soon to be giving the series another chance? What location did you have in mind for the series? Try some of ours on for size and see just how many ideas Assassin’s Creed likely has left, leak or not.
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