Although the nature of the video game industry tends to be somewhat unpredictable, there are a few things that gamers can set their watch by. There’s always going to be a new Call of Duty revealed in April/May, Madden releases in August, and Michael Pachter’s going to make some wildly outlandish, and wholly inaccurate, prediction.
One of those mainstays of the annual video game cycle is also Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft’s extremely popular open world stealth franchise. Since the title moved to an annual release schedule after Assassin’s Creed 2, fans have come to expect a new reveal in the first part of the year, and that’s just what they will get.
As the above trailer confirms, the untitled Assassin’s Creed game will see its world premiere on May 12th at 9am PDT. Then, gamers will finally get to see what Ubisoft has planned as a follow-up to Assassin’s Creed Unity.
Of course, we already know a few things about this Assassin’s Creed thanks to a leak late last year. According to said leak, this next game will be titled Assassin’s Creed Victory and will take players to London, England during the 18th century or so. At the time of the leak, Ubisoft didn’t want to say too much, but they wanted to at least clear the air. So the publisher confirmed Assassin’s Creed Victory was, in fact, real and that it is the next game in the franchise.
However, with E3 2015 right around the corner, it’s time for Ubisoft to give Assassin’s Creed Victory its full reveal. That means gamers should get a better understanding of the setting, the time period, the protagonist, and ideally see some gameplay. This is Ubisoft’s chance to show how this game differs from previous iterations, and by the looks of the unknown assassin’s hidden blade it appears Ubisoft is trying some different things. The look of the gear and the cane typify the rumored time period and setting, while keeping in line with the trademark Assassin’s Creed look.
But while previous Assassin’s Creed games may have gotten by simply toeing the company line, Victory has a much steeper climb ahead. Because Assassin’s Creed Unity launched with so many problems, many fans are more gun-shy about investing in future franchise iterations. Frame rate hiccups, disappearing textures, and numerous multiplayer problems were just the tip of the iceberg for Assassin’s Creed Unity players, to the point Ubisoft had to offer a free game and DLC to act as an apology.
Needless to say, fans are rightfully skeptical of whatever the next Assassin’s Creed will be, despite some intriguing concepts. Now it’s up to Ubisoft to convince them the franchise has their best interests at heart with next week’s reveal.
The next Assassin’s Creed will release this year for current-gen platforms.