According to a domain registration from the French game publisher Ubisoft, it's possible the company is working on a brand new collection for Assassin's Creed.
Yesterday, NeoGAF user “ekim” came across Ubisoft's registration for an Assassin's Creed website with the domain name reading “assassinscreedcollection.com”, which could mean that the publisher has plans to put together another anthology of some kind for the action-adventure series. However, with Ubisoft having just registered for it on December 11, the Assassin's Creed website in question has yet to go live, which only leaves room for speculation as to what it could mean.
Of course, Ubisoft has not publicly mentioned a new Assassin's Creed collection, so it's entirely possible that the company bought up the domain rights in order to reroute fans toward another site related to the franchise. Nevertheless, Ubisoft's registration for the URL could point toward the decision to compile prior entries from last-gen consoles into a remastered collection for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which wouldn't be the worst decision, since Assassin's Creed 2 is one of the top game remasters we want to see.
There's also the chance of the developers putting together another collection for the series, not only to update the graphics, but also promote the forthcoming live-action movie based on the games. Providing folks with a primer on the Assassin's Creed franchise in the form of a handy compendium could be just the ticket needed to incentivize those unaware of the source material to go see the film.
Should Ubisoft follow through with an Assassin's Creed collection, it wouldn't be the first time for the publisher to do so. After all, there's already the Assassin's Creed: The Americas collection, and the Assassin's Creed: Heritage collection, with both being available for the PS3 and Xbox 360. If the domain name is related to a project that falls under the purview of the last two sets, then that would mean a glut of Assassin's Creed packages for fans.
Although the most recent entry in the series with Assassin's Creed Syndicate received solid reviews, the chance of a collection being on the horizon begs the question of whether or not we need an additional dose of the game so soon. No matter what the IP, overexposure has the potential to turn fans away rather than draw them in, and (especially in the case of Assassin's Creed) yet another collection could unintentionally lead to franchise fatigue.
At any rate, since Ubisoft has yet to comment on its domain registration, there's no telling what else it has in store for the Assassin's Creed brand. But with so many titles populating the series already, on top of the URL purchase, the likelihood of one more collection seems inevitable.
The most recent entry in Ubisoft's long-running Assassin's Creed series is Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and it is available now for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.