Update: Ubisoft has now confirmed the existence of Assassin's Creed Infinity, but has not elaborated on reports that it will be a live service project. According to Ubisoft, Infinity will be "evolving along with the video game industry".
Original story: After the success of recent entries such as Assassin's Creed Valhalla, it looked like Ubisoft had found a great new formula for the franchise, but it seems a substantial change may be on the horizon. According to a new report, the series is moving to a "massive online platform that evolves over time" under the guise of Assassin's Creed Infinity.
The report comes from Bloomberg, claiming the game will include "multiple settings with room to expand to others in the months and years following its debut". This means we could be seeing multiple eras and locales as part of the experience.
Bloomberg added that "details surrounding the project, which hasn’t been previously reported, are in flux, and it’s still years away from release", but will draw inspiration from games such as Fortnite and GTA: Online - games which are based around a constantly evolving world with new content.
While studios in Ubisoft usually alternate development on Assassin's Creed, both Montreal and Quebec studios will be coming together to create Assassin's Creed Infinity. It's said that "each will have its own creative director, but Quebec will take charge of the franchise."
The author Jason Schreier also expanded a little further on Twitter, stating we may see the game 2024 or later. He added that it "may be some sort of hub that allows people to play multiple Assassin's Creed games both big and small", but Ubisoft could change their mind completely.
It sounds like a huge leap for the series, but whether it can be pulled off remains to be seen. The idea of "live service" can be very off-putting to many, so this may be disheartening to hear. Obviously we know very little so far and the game is still a long way from release, but we'll keep our eyes peeled for more information.
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