Future of Assassin’s Creed Revealed at Ubisoft Forward Event
At the prestigious Ubisoft Forward event, which reveals all upcoming projects for the developer, Assassin’s Creed took centre stage. As the flagship franchise for the firm, Assassin’s Creed has been a gaming staple for more than a decade, boasting open-world adventures that are near unbeatable in modern gaming. At ‘UbiForward’, a stunning roadmap was revealed, starting with a closing chapter for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, and ending with the release of not one, not two, but four new Assassin’s Creed games.
It was a monumental moment for fans around the world, coming in the form of the biggest update on the franchise since it kicked off way back in 2007. Furthermore, the announcement effectively fulfilled the age-old wishes of the community at large, as with a short teaser, a Japanese, feudal-era title was revealed. There was almost too much to take on board in too short a timeframe, so we’re going to effectively break down the entire reveal for you, right here.
Assassin’s Creed: The Future of the Past
At the heart of the Ubisoft Forward announcement was an Assassin’s Creed roadmap that knocked everything else out of the park. It was summarised in a handy infographic that breaks down the future of Assassin’s Creed perfectly:
Firstly, the roadmap kicks off with The Last Chapter DLC for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. This is an expansion like never before, effectively closing off the story for Valhalla and wrapping up Eivor’s journey. It’s a rare thing to see the end of a protagonist’s story in Assassin’s Creed, and it’s rarer still to have a direct hand in how those events unfold.
Next, in 2023, players will get to experience Assassin’s Creed Mirage, a back-to-basics, old-school release that has been built to mirror the earlier AC games. It’s a wonderful return to form for a franchise that has received less favourable reviews since it changed the formula and pivoted to what can be described as a fantasy RPG series. In Mirage, players will assume control of Basim, a well-known character from Valhalla, as he starts his journey from street thief to master assassin.
It’s going to be set in 9th Century Baghdad, and it’ll boast all the classic Assassin’s Creed tropes. This means true stealth returns, along with blending, a smaller, more refined map, and the Middle Eastern setting that players will recognise from 2007’s Assassin’s Creed.
Looking Further Forward
Ubisoft revealed an ‘on the horizon’ portion of the roadmap, which includes three brand new titles, a ‘hub’, and a live-action partnership with Netflix. There’s a diverse assortment of titles coming, from a Japanese adventure in ‘Codename Red’ to the dark, mysterious, and gritty experience found in ‘Codename Hexe’. Here’s a quick breakdown of these titles and what they’ll bring to the franchise:
- Codename Red: A full, open-world RPG set in feudal Japan, where the player controls a ‘Shinobi’ Assassin.
- Codename Hexe: A dark, gritty, and horrifying experience set in the middle ages, focused around ancient witch hunts.
- Codename Jade: An open-world mobile-based experience like no other, boasting full character customisation.
- Project Infinity: A gaming ‘hub’ that unites the entire franchise, bringing crossover opportunities like never before.
- Netflix Partnership: A live-action deal with no information attached to it whatsoever.
As mobile gaming becomes increasingly popular, Codename Jade is set to make a huge splash. Elsewhere, the main Assassin’s Creed titles are sure to impress fans and critics alike, and all of these releases combined could mean a serious return to form for the franchise.