Assassin's Creed: Empire retailer listing points towards October release

A listing for the next supposed installment in Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed franchise has been listed by Swiss video games retailer, World of Games. As spotted on Reddit, the retailer claims the game is currently on track for an October 2017 release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Although retailer listings should always be taken with a pinch of salt, World of Games previously leaked Battlefield 1's existence back in February of last year. As a part of a premature listing, both the game's World War 1 setting and release window were ousted ahead of time. However, keep in mind this could be a placeholder date for an end-of-year release.

Despite no official announcement having been made in regards to the project, this isn't the first time we've heard of Assassin's Creed: Empire's development. Following a report which surfaced last year, Empire is currently in the works to revamp the series with an ancient Egyptian setting. Rumored features include a new player progression system, freeform combat mechanics and a heavier focus its narrative.

This comes after a year's hiatus from the previously annualized franchise, after disappointing initial sales of both Assassin's Creed Unity and Syndicate. With a general sense of fatigue in recent games, this is looking to be Ubisoft's next attempt to turn the series around.

While nothing can be confirmed until an official announcement from Ubisoft, a new Assassin's Creed game for 2017 is now looking more likely than ever. For more information on Assassin's Creed Empire, make sure to keep an eye on Windows Central in the coming months.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.