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Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed 're-examination' means no new games in the series in 2016

Ubisoft has officially announced that its Assassin's Creed game franchise will be taking a break in 2016, the first since the launch of Assassin's Creed II in 2009. The most recent title in the series, Syndicate, was released in October 2015 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

In an Ubiblog post (opens in new tab), the Assassin's Creed team said that they needed time to reexamine the series, and build off customer feedback:

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. Since the release of Assassin's Creed Unity, we've learned a lot based on your feedback. We've also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin's Creed a premier open-world franchise. We're taking this year 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.

It was first reported last month that the series would be taking a break this year. The same report claims that the series is set to return in 2017 with a game set in ancient Egypt, currently codenamed Empire.

Another of Ubisoft's open-world franchises, Watch Dogs, is rumored to be getting a sequel in 2016, which would fill the void that Assassin's Creed has left in Ubisoft's release schedule.

Source: Ubisoft (opens in new tab)

67 Comments
  • No matter your opinion on how badly Ubisoft stuffed up (which does vary from person to person) I think we can all agree they're doing the right things to get back on track. Super excited about The Division and the next AC in Ancient Egypt sounds like a great idea. I'll also get Watch Dogs 2 if it looks like they nail it this time around.
  • gimme SPLINTER CELL not this crap  
  • Watch dogs was rubbish. Imo.
  • It's failure was that it was overhyped. It wasn't a bad game per-se, it just was overpromised
  • Exactly. And to be fair, the first Assassins Creed was pretty awkward and limited as well. But it really came into its own over the next few games, and I'm hoping Watch Dogs does the same especially with the renewed focus from Ubisoft on getting things right even if they take time.
  • Not a bad idea Ubisoft...take all the time you need cause the quality of your last couple of games has been pants
  • Couple? There hasn't been a decent AC since Revelations. And even that on was a step back compared to Brotherhood
  • Loved brotherhood. AC syndicate was ok. Unity is the only game in the series I couldn't stay interested enough I to complete.
  • Of course, it is all opinion. I really liked the first and hated the second so much I never played another.
  • For some it was the other way entirely lol ;p
  • Black Flag was pretty cool, but got really boring in the middle....just way too many treasure chests and islands to explore to stick with the main story.  I'm 2 days into Unity right now and have to say the graphics and general performance isn't great.  And after 5 hours of play I'm only just at the 4% mark, it's gonna be another long slog to the finish line
  • Sailing around is fine for a sailing game, Black Flag, but no need to carry it over again.
  • Megafan here. AC>AC3>AC4>AC:Rouge>AC:B>AC:S>AC:2>AC:U>AC:R
    Many will argue that the original doesn't deserve the top spot but that game was the best game I'd ever played back when it came out. Many people were disappointed by AC3 and didn't like Connor but I thought Connor was one of the most developed assassins in the main games. Also a lot of people didn't like the ship combat. I am not one of those people, that is why I put AC:4 and Rogue so high in my list.
  • I enjoyed Rouge quite a bit
  • Rouge has Lisbon. How awesome is that? ☺
  • Guys, GUYS! It's Rogue, not Rouge (Red). Its the only one I haven't completed and I accidentally spoiled the ending for myself literally last night by way of a speculative YouTube video :(. Having already played Unity, it would have have been a sweet revelation though.
  • Rogue, Rouge, we all still know what it is we are talking about lol.
  • What happened to the time when people actually cared about using correct terminology? Keith, Kieth, Kithe, we all still know who it is we’re talking about.
  • People spell my name wrong more than they spell it right (Kieth being the most common misspelling). It's of no major concern to me. There are many more pressing issues in the world that I can worry about.   I called it Rouge because my son (who is 8) always pronounces it "Rouge" no matter how many times I correct him. I guess my brain agrees with him now because I didn't even realize I had done it until it was pointed out.
  • only AC Brotherhood is great and interesting to play...
  • Brotherhood was the most enjoyable of them so far, but there's no other assassin to me other than Altaïr. But Bloodlines (PSP) didn't help tying up his story, as ut was supposed to be.
    Played every game with the exception of Rogue, Syndicate and the chronicle games after china. The biggest disappointment so far has been Revelations... Collecting data fragments just to proceed on the story line was an annoyance that really killed it for me.
  • Ubisoft is awesome.
  • Good news
  • God bless them for doing so.
  • As far as I go, the ideal AC to me is a mix of the quality of story and music of Black Flag, the detailed World recreation of Unity and the full single game focus of Syndicate. I'll miss not having a new one this year but oh well. I'm sure I'll have something else to play. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Quality of story should go to ACII mate. Or any AC's with the Desmond storyline.
  • Absolutely! AC2 actually gave us two main characters to really care about - Ezio and Desmond! Ezio as a character was beautifully crafted, you could feel his naivete, charm, then anger, confusion and hatred pulsing out of the screen. On the other hand, Desmond was discovering his assassin abilities along side Ezio in the real world, which brought the character from the background in AC1 to the foregoround throughout AC2, Brotherhood and Revelations. Ubisoft hasn't been able to create another character like these two in any of the other AC games.
  • Didn't like unity but loved syndicate. I'm in the process of playing through all of them again
  • Finally
  • Bring back co-op. I almost bought Unity for that aspect (until I heard it was unplayable broken). They lost me when Syndicate dumped it for gender pandering (seemingly the theme for 2015-2016).
  • Hey! Evie Frye is awesome
  • Agreed. I prefered her to jacob
  • As would be expected. She definitely seemed built for the primary role as an actual assassin.
  • That's fine, but my statement stands.
  • So excited for Watch Dogs 2! Posted via the Windows Central App
  • I tried AC Black Flag(?) which was my first venture into the series. It was terrible. I traded it in as soon as the first mission ended and that weird immersion-breaking headquarters thing appeared.
  • That's because it was your first game. Those sequences had meaning in the previous games, but it was butchered from Black Flag on.
  • Dude for real? The Caribbean, man! Sailing around all those isles with each of the nations involved in that time...ah, it was like taking a vacation... =p
  • Hoping more companies started to care about quality! So much changes to make good games nowdays! We got all this hardware to build quality games, yet many just make good looking ****** games lack of innoviation. :/
  • It's why I was happy after Bungie sold Halo after Reach. Because the rest became so watered down, it doesn't even feel like the Halo games I used to play. Even Reach felt like a reach, because of all the technology that should have been included later in the story, but wasn't. Call of duty started it's decline after World at War, although I'd say Black Ops was their last ok game.
  • Thanks God , finally Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Go to Russia next, full game not 2.5D. Tie in the Tunguska event. No sailing ships, but river rafts ok. Add obnoxiously high climbs, even if no such structures actually exist. Multiplayer need not apply.
  • AC3 was straight up terrible. AC4 Black Flag was good. After the ling, buggy launch, AC Unity was good once they fixed it. But it really hurt the series reputation. The yearly releases and simultaneous release of AC Rogue with Unity just caused fatigue even for fans of the series.
    Also, losing the modern meta story was a loss for hardcore fans.
  • I liked playing as one of my ancestors...in and around my stomping grounds. =[
  • It shouldn't be an annual title anyway.
  • Unity, after the 25th update, and 5 months later was a decent playable game.
  • agree, I just finished it 2 weeks ago, I can say 1 thing for sure, it is very beautiful game and a time period is great.
  • I never got the Unity hate. Story wise it was nice and the settings were brilliant. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Ditto, I only felt like we could have had more of the thing between Arno and ...uh what's her name? See, that's how memorable they made that. I only feel the fact that "she" was essentially missing. Maybe it's just me...I need to go back and play again. =s
  • Good idea. Loved Black Flag but Unity was a bit of a bore. How about time traveling me back to Atlantis!? That would be interesting!
  • I had the same thought before settling on Russia above. Atlantis could definitely be interesting. Bring it a step further, AC Nibiru or Mu.
  • Well I got syndicate for free on PC. I like the game. Although I haven't played any of the others.
  • Rogue. Rouge, is the color red in French.
  • In other News...   Microsoft are releasing the new mega game Halo 6 this spring. The game will be exclusive to Playstation 4 and Mac OSX, following the new policies of only making software for the other guys...   Just wait... this will happen...
  • Oh, go cry to a therapist.
  • Moodu da naaye...
  • Good. They need to take a step back to refocus on quality. This series has turned into shovelware over the past couple of years.  
  • Do one on feudal Japan!!! How blind can they be!?
  • Amen!
  • I think Syndicate is the best game I have ever played but for once I ACTUALLY KNOW THE MAP, I live in Croydon (The opening part) and spend most days navigating around London, for me it's just fantastic not to have to think about where I am, and I can confirm if you learnt central London from AC then you could find your way around in real life apart from the change in most buildings, it does get a bit wobbly round the edges and the railway lines aren't factual.
  • That's pretty cool...I still wanna go there for real someday =p
  • I like the Trilogy they just put out, It'll be enough for me...besides, I still need to finish the others. =s
  • I want AC: Japan.
  • Same here. Feudal Japan where anyone in the game can give you a run for your money lol. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Indeed mate.
  • Half-life 3 Confirmed! Just Kidding.
  • This is a good thing for everyone. It's never a good thing when franchise forces a game out every year. The quality suffers and the fans get tired of the same ole game.