More evidence hinting at the existence of Assassin’s Creed: Empire has been discovered this morning, leading to another round of rumor mongering. Today’s rumor sprouts from a listing appearing on Swiss retailer WOG.ch’s website.
The listing was barebones, but did list some basic unsurprising details for Assassin’s Creed: Empire. The page lists PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (no Switch) as the game’s planned platform, claims it is an action-adventure title from Ubisoft, and says the game is planned for release in the fourth quarter of 2017.
The questions as always becomes whether or not the listing can be trusted? Typically the answer with retailer listings is that things can go either way. Retail listings are rarely if ever posted based off of hearsay, but at the same time, early listings like this are rarely based on finalized concrete information.
Finally, the lesser known the retailer is the less trustworthy the listing. In this particular case, WOG.ch shouldn’t be treated as a reputable source, but the fact that its information lines up with previous rumors does give the listing credence.
Even so, rumors continue to purport that the game’s title is Assassin’s Creed: Empire and that the game’s release window appears to be late 2017, either in October or November. Moreover the game is rumored to take place in Egypt, though this retail listing doesn’t include that information. If the retail listing is false, it at least shows that there’s a lot of effort going into ensuring these rumors all line up with each other.
Keep in mind that rumors regarding Assassin’s Creed: Empire stem from multiple different sources. There have been leaked details from 4chan, corroboration through larger media outlets, and even leaked screenshots spontaneously dropping online. Each of these individual sources of information can’t be treated as true, whether because they’re outright false or on the off chance that they’ve incorrectly reported the details. And of course, details change over the course of a game’s development. But together the existence of Assassin’s Creed: Empire is growing harder to deny.
Nevertheless, until Ubisoft officially walks on-stage and says the words Assassin’s Creed: Empire and shows off its Egyptian setting, the game remains a rumor.
Expect more information on Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed project, whether that be Assassin’s Creed: Empire or otherwise, in the months to come.