While not officially announced, it has been claimed that Ubisoft is planning to release a smaller-scale, stealth-focused Assassin’s Creed game this year or in 2023.
Codenamed Rift and starring Assassin’s Creed Valhalla character Basim, the title was originally planned as an expansion for the most recent series entry before being spun into a standalone game last year, Bloomberg reported in February.
It will reportedly focus on stealth gameplay and be smaller in scope than recent franchise entries, meaning it won’t be a large open-world RPG.
UPDATE: Ubisoft has said it plans to “unveil the future of Assassin’s Creed during a very special event” in September. A new rogue-lite inspired mode is also coming to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla this summer.
ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES: Ubisoft is holding an Assassin’s Creed 15th anniversary celebration live stream today at 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST, when it may or may not announce a new series entry.
You’ll be able to watch the stream live via the video embedded at the top of this page.
“Tune in to celebrate the 15th anniversary with a special look at the future of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, a look back at the franchise, and a tease of what’s to come this year,” Ubisoft says.
“The Ubisoft News team will be showcasing Assassin’s Creed Origin’s new 60 FPS gameplay update alongside producer, Jose Araiza before taking a look at the news and updates regarding all the latest and upcoming Assassin’s Creed comics, graphic novels, Manga, and more in Assassin’s Creed Stories.”
Last December Ubisoft announced plans to stage a symphonic concert to celebrate Assassin’s Creed’s 15th anniversary. Created in partnership with Overlook Events (Dragon Ball and Saint Seiya Symphonic Adventure concerts), it will include a full orchestra and choir supported by video, lighting and sound effects.
The world premiere of the Assassin’s Creed Symphonic Adventure will take place at the Grand Rex in Paris on October 29, 2022, with a world tour scheduled to begin in early 2023.
The Assassin’s Creed series debuted in 2007 and has sold over 155 million units, according to Ubisoft.
It said last October that the most recent franchise entry, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, had built on a strong commercial start to become the “second largest profit generating game” in the company’s history.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s latest expansion, Dawn of Ragnarök, was released in March 2022.
Assassin’s Creed Rift will reportedly be released before the officially announced Assassin’s Creed Infinity, which is a collaboration between Ubisoft Quebec (Odyssey) and Ubisoft Montreal (Origins and Valhalla).
It’s been claimed that Assassin’s Creed Infinity will be a massive online game set across multiple historical periods, and one that that evolves over time as a live service.