Today, a major stockpile of leaks made its way onto 4Chan and Reddit, potentially detailing loads of information about Ubisoft's next entry in its action-adventure franchise, Assassin's Creed Origins, with one of the most notable tidbits stating that the game won't have naval combat. Should this be true, it will likely come as a disappointment to those who had bought into earlier rumors that ship battles would be a part of the forthcoming release.
For those unaware, Assassin's Creed Origins–which has yet to be confirmed by Ubisoft as the official title, by the way–had what appeared to be an unsanctioned, but legitimate image circulating online that contained a shot of the game's protagonist sailing on a small schooner into a port city, which led many to speculate that the game could feature naval combat. However, according to the posts on 4Chan and Reddit, not only are the leaks a part of an intentionally controlled content campaign by Ubisoft, with the image found below being real, but also the boat in the game is only used for travel purposes like in CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 3, only with customizable options.
For those unaware, rumors about the existence of Assassin's Creed Origins have been swirling for quite a while now, with today's leaks simply being the largest supply of rumor materials yet. As a matter of fact, speculation about the series' next installment essentially shifted into full gear when a screenshot leak from several months ago showed the protagonist standing at the entrance to some stone-based building of some sort.
Taking all of this into account, it's really anyone's guess as to whether or not these leaks for Assassin's Creed Origins are true. After all, with the nature of their dissemination being totally unverifiable, there's no telling who is the one actually sharing the information. Nevertheless, fans should expect to learn more about the next game soon and possibly at E3 2017, as the latest earnings call from Ubisoft has confirmed another Assassin's Creed for the upcoming fiscal year.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is rumored to be releasing later this year for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.