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.
Yesterday, Ubisoft said in addition to Avatar it's delayed a "smaller unannounced premium game." That game is Assassin's Creed Rift, Bloomberg News has confirmed, bumped from February to spring. Leaves Ubisoft with an anemic lineup for this fiscal year https://t.co/l8isA17bUm— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) July 22, 2022
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.