Ubisoft is "stepping back and re-examining the Assassin's Creed franchise."
In a post today, Ubisoft confirmed that the company would be "stepping back and re-examining the Assassin's Creed franchise," meaning that no new major Assassin's Creed game will be released in 2016.
The post opened with discussion about Assassin's Creed Syndicate, as well as the upcoming Assassin's Creed film, which will star Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender. The post then moves on to the future of the game franchise.
"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," the post reads. "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."
A rumor began circulating in January that no Assassin's Creed game would release in 2016, along with a second rumor that the next title would be set in Egypt. This has yet to be confirmed.