After Ubisoft decided to put the series on hold for a year, Assassin’s Creed is set to return in 2017. According to a new report, it will arrive this fall and bring back one of the best elements from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Rogue: Naval combat.
According to WWG, the latest entry in the long-running franchise will be called Assassin’s Creed: Origins. As first reported by Kotaku last year, the game is set in ancient Egypt. Pre-order material is said to show the main character carrying a shield and bow while a hawk sits on his shoulder.
The extra year it spent in development has allowed Ubisoft’s team to produce “the biggest Assassin’s Creed the company has ever created,” according to one source.
As is the case with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, players will be able to switch between a male or female protagonist in Origins. While the main setting is said to be Egypt, an internal teaser video reportedly transitions between various locations and periods throughout history, including an Asian country, WW2 era France, and a modern day Abstergo Industries facility.
The return of naval combat is an exciting prospect. The upcoming title will apparently allow players to sail the Mediterranean Sea as far as Greece.
As well as being bigger, Origins will differ from previous Assassin’s Creed games in structure. WWG reports that it will have more emphasis on exploration, not be as linear as previous titles, and feature a character progression system less tied to the story. One development source repeatedly compared it to Skyrim.
As with all claims from anonymous sources, things could change in the final version of the game. But we’re likely to learn some solid information at E3 next month.