The new Assassin's Creed title is rumored to now be Assassin's Creed: Origins according to in-house Ubisoft sources, says one outlet. This diverges from previous rumors that the new game would be titled Assassin's Creed: Empire. Although the sources do differ, both agree that the game is set in Egypt and that it's still planned for release later this year.
According to WWG, the outlet claiming to have sources within Ubisoft, Origins will not only include Egypt, but also expand beyond it. Origins will possibly reach as far as Greece, allowing the player to sail the Mediterranean and battle on the sea using the naval combat systems of past iterations in the franchise. The article also mentions a teaser trailer featuring time jumps that also show different regions, including France during World War 2, a modern day Abstergo facility, and an Asian region without a time reference. It's unclear if this trailer is meant to be associated with Origins.
Beyond the setting details, the new rumors also claim that Assassin's Creed: Origins will feature a more open-ended progressions system than past games. The character's progress won't necessarily be tied to story, though further details are absent. Exploration will be emphasized, with Origins supposedly being the biggest title yet in the franchise.
Is the Assassin's Creed Origins Leak Legitimate?
This is an interesting rumor to break down. First of all, there's a bevy of prior rumors that are substantial, from leaked dev screenshots sporting the Empire name to a retailer listing to previous sources touting that Empire was the codename for the latest Assassin's Creed game.
So the first question would be whether Ubisoft would change the title so close to launch? Considering that the game hasn't been officially announced and Empire could very likely have just been a codename, the answer is, of course. Origins even makes a lot of sense considering the franchise took a year off and is starting fresh.
In fact, most of the new information available via these new rumors makes a lot of sense. Seafaring on the Mediterranean would be a great way to bring back the popular naval combat features of older games, and a larger world makes sense considering this Assassin's Creed game has taken extra time for development. Even prioritizing exploration and progression separation from story makes sense. Even Ubisoft's growing focus on monetization and games-as-service fit those priorities well.
At the same time, the rumor's source should give fans plenty of pause. Ubisoft and Assassin's Creed rumors tend to leak from larger outlets, so the fact this is coming from a source without a history of leaks should sow some seeds of doubt. Either way, this rumor's veracity will likely be put to the test sooner, rather than later.