I like Assassin’s Creed just as much as the next person (read: mildly) but maybe this franchise needs to slow its roll a little bit. 2014 has not been the greatest year for AC; Unity got lackluster reviews, being so buggy that Ubisoft deigned to give out their “Dead Kings” DLC for free as an apology, as well as a free game (out of Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, The Crew, Rayman Legends, Just Dance 2015 and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag) for anyone who also got the season pass. Assassin’s Creed: Rogue seems to have fared a little better in reviews, but is still apparently nothing to write home about.
Regardless, whether anyone wants it or not, we’re definitely getting another AC game next year. And the game will be set in Victorian era London, which of course made my mind immediately jump to Ripper Street/Penny Dreadful crossovers, because I miss Penny Dreadful a lot, and in its absence I’m starting to think I should give Ripper Street a try again. But I digress; we’re talking about Assassins. And Templars. Possibly even Jack the Ripper, because has there ever been a thing set in Victorian times that hasn’t incorporated the Ripper in some way?
From what I can tell from the leaked footage screenshots (which you can view at Kotaku, which first reported on this) the game at least looks pretty. Since the news broke, Ubisoft has also issued a formal statement on the leak:
“It is always unfortunate when internal assets, not intended for public consumption, are leaked. And, while we certainly welcome anticipation for all of our upcoming titles, we’re disappointed for our fans, and our development team, that this conceptual asset is now public. The team in our Quebec studio has been hard at work on the particular game in question for the past few years, and we’re excited to officially unveil what the studio has been working on at a later date. In the meantime, our number one priority is enhancing the experience of Assassin’s Creed Unity for players.”
AC 2015, which is either named or codenamed Victory, is coming out to PC and next-gen systems only. Are you excited?