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Assassin’s Creed fans may have a longer wait ahead of them before the next installment arrives.

Per a new report from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, Ubisoft has delayed its next Assassin’s Creed game, “pushing it from February to the spring.” While the French publisher and developer has yet to respond to the report, the game is now expected to release “in the May–June” period.

Ubisoft’s new Assassin’s Creed title should play similarly to the current installment, as it was originally meant to be an expansion for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

The new game, code-named Rift and set in the Middle East, was originally planned as an expansion to 2020’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla but morphed into a standalone game in order to fill a hole in Ubisoft’s thin release schedule for this fiscal year. Ubisoft’s office in Bordeaux is leading development on the game and asked for more time because Rift is running far behind schedule, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans.

Rift is apparently what Ubisoft was referring to when it said that it had “decided to release in 2023–24 a smaller unannounced premium game, originally slated for 2022–23” in its latest earnings report.

Ubisoft’s earnings report also revealed that another major title, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, had been delayed. The action-adventure game based on James Cameron’s lucrative film franchise will now release “in 2023–24.”

Ubisoft has also canceled Ghost Recon Frontline, Splinter Cell VR, and two unannounced titles.

Source: Bloomberg

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3 comments

  1. Seems like big changes are happening at ubisoft, hopefully not for all the wrong reasons.

    Again not surprised. I think Ubisoft is positioning itself for a buyout.
    Nah, if they wanted to make themselves more appealing they'd move up the release not delay it. A studio with an upcoming big title is worth much more, than one with nothing in the pipeline for years.
  2. aw, they're just working on packing in more NFT goodness and whatever other microcraptastic things they can think of for quick cash grabs.

    I wouldn't be surprised at a buyout either considering how rocky things were around 5 years ago.

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