No Assassin's Creed Game Coming in 2016
Rumors that surfaced earlier this year of Ubisoft taking a step back from their flagship franchise have now been confirmed.
"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," Ubisoft wrote in a blog post on their website, "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."
According to their post, after criticism of Assassin's Creed Unity last year, Ubisoft wishes to make changes to the series as a whole. While it was likely too late to stop the development of Assassin's Creed Syndicate, which was more positively received, Ubisoft would like future Assassin's Creed entries to be a more "open-world" game. This is in line with past rumors stating that future installments of Assassin's Creed would be more similar to Witcher III.
The previous rumors were started by a 4chan poster claiming to be an Ubisoft developer. While this doesn't mean the rest of what was posted is true, this statement from Ubisoft is similar to what was said by the poster. In the 4chan thread, the claimed Ubisoft worker stated that the game will take place in Ancient Egypt, before the Templars or Assassins were a thing, as a prequel to the franchise. This is unconfirmed, but we will likely see more information at this year's E3 presentation.