New Ubisoft Assassin’s Creed game?

Ubisoft Entertainment SA has turned an Assassin’s Creed expansion into a standalone game to help fill the thin release schedule, according to those familiar with the project.

Ubisoft Entertainment SA has turned an Assassin’s Creed expansion into a standalone game to help fill the thin release schedule, according to those familiar with the project. The game, codenamed Rift, was originally planned as an expansion for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in 2020, but turned into a full game late last year, people said, speaking anonymously as they weren’t authorized to speak to the media. It will star Basim, a popular assassin character from Valhalla, and will be smaller than the recent games in the series, people said. The game won’t be a massive open-world role-playing game like previous recent entries, focusing more on stealth gameplay instead, and is slated to release later this year or 2023.

Assassin’s Creed, which has sold over 155 million units, was once an annual franchise, but in recent years has taken longer between releases, leading to higher quality games. Rift comes before Assassin’s Creed Infinity, an ambitious online service game that will feature multiple historical settings, as Sirbpti reported last year. Ubisoft has shuffled several smaller Assassin’s Creed expansions over the past year and, according to people, canceled some.

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A Ubisoft spokeswoman said the company is not commenting “on rumors or speculation as they are doing our development teams and community a disservice,” adding that they have “a solid and exciting line of titles in our pipeline, both established brands with new story twists.” and features, and brand new IPs that will continue to change the landscape of today’s video games.”

Ubisoft, the French video game publisher that also produces Far Cry, has faced challenges in recent years. In the summer of 2020, dozens of current and former employees accused the company of facilitating sexual misconduct, prompting CEO Yves Guillemot to apologize and fire some of its top lieutenants. But many employees say the company hasn’t done enough to solve its cultural problems. Due to the consequences, many employees have left.

Ubisoft’s game production is also struggling. The online game Skull & Bones has been delayed several times due to directional challenges, while Beyond Good & Evil 2, the sequel to a fan favorite, remains in pre-production after at least five years of development, according to people working on the game. A planned Prince of Persia remake was also postponed indefinitely.

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The issues led to a thin lineup for Ubisoft over the next two years. In the past, the company has tried to work out weak schemes by greenlighting smaller productions like 2020’s Immortals Fenyx Rising and this year’s Rainbow Six Extraction, with mixed results.

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