Rumor: Next main Assassin's Creed game will release in 2017 [Update]

Rumors are propping up from within Ubisoft, indicating that the next main Assassin's Creed game will skip the entirety of 2016. (Update: Ubisoft has responded.)

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It looks like 2016 is kicking off with a sense of uncertainty for the Assassin's Creed series. While Ubisoft has not issued a direct statement in regards to the series' future, there are reports emerging that AC may be taking a short break.

The reports have sprung up from Kotaku, which previously leaked the existence of Assassin's Creed Syndicate before it saw the light of day. Word is that the next game in the series (tentatively code-named "Empire") will not release until 2017, with NeoGAF compiling the anonymous posts purportedly made by an Ubisoft employee. Kotaku is matching these anonymous posts with its own sources to conclude that Ubisoft Montreal will be skipping 2016, especially in lieu of its previous effort, Assassin's Creed Unity, which released with numerous bugs and glitches.

At this time, nothing has been confirmed and this should only be taken as rumor. Shacknews has reached out to Ubisoft representatives for verification and comment. In the meantime, 2016 will not be entirely silent for Assassin's Creed. The spin-off Chronicles series is set to continue next week with the release of Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India and wrap up in February with Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia.

Update: Ubisoft representatives have responded with the following statement:

“We can’t comment on rumor or speculation. We’re always happy when players are excited about our games, past, present and future. In the meantime, we hope that the latest images from the Assassin’s Creed movie set will keep fans of the franchise happy and eager to find out more!”

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    January 4, 2016 11:42 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Rumor: Next main Assassin's Creed game will release in 2017

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      January 4, 2016 11:55 AM

      Syndicate looks spectacular (only seen the PS4 version) and is from what i have tried and seen a good game. Strangely enough i think that Unity looks even better, my 680 may be fighting to run it at anything beyond 30, but wow it is pretty much fantastic looking. Gaming wise it seems a tad slower and not as great as Syndicate..

      So if they are going to spend 2 years on the next one i will expect something extraordinary.

      I am hoping that within the next 10 years we will finally see a Assassins Creed game, in Miami during the 80s!!!!

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        January 4, 2016 7:15 PM

        Struggling for 30? Wow. What resolution are you playing at?

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      January 4, 2016 2:39 PM

      I hope this helps in making a great AC sequel and helps avoid the series fatigue.