Ubisoft has turned one of its expansions for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla into a fully fledged, standalone title as a way of filling out its thin release schedule, according to sources with Bloomberg. Code-named Rift, the game is said to star Basim Ibn Ishaq, a character that Valhalla players should be pretty familiar with, being the reincarnation of trickster god Loki. Ubisoft’s new Assassin’s Creed game also reportedly marks a return to the stealth-oriented gameplay that defined earlier titles in the franchise.
Ubisoft Plans New Assassin’s Creed Game to Help Fill Its Schedule (Bloomberg)
- The game won’t be a massive open-world role-playing game like previous recent entries, focusing instead more on stealth gameplay, and is planned for later this year or 2023.
- Rift will arrive before Assassin’s Creed Infinity, an ambitious online service game that will contain multiple historical settings, as Bloomberg reported last year.
- [Delays of various projects] have led to a thin lineup for Ubisoft in the coming year or two. In the past, the company has tried to flesh out weak schedules by greenlighting smaller productions, such as 2020’s Immortals Fenyx Rising and this year’s Rainbow Six Extraction, to mixed results.