What will the next Assassin’s Creed game be? At the time of writing, we don’t know, which is an odd position to be in for fans of this particular franchise. And although gamers are hoping/expecting to see an Assassin’s Creed game launching in 2020, it’s hard to find an official source that backs this thinking up.
There hasn’t been a new Assassin’s Creed game on the market since 2018’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, and Ubisoft is yet to formally announce its next steps for the history-spanning, murder-stuffed series. A gap of this length wouldn’t seem that significant for most other gaming series, but given that we’d gotten used to seeing a new Assassin’s Creed game every year, this break between titles does feel like a big deal in this case.
However, if you’re looking for all the info that is currently available about the next Assassin’s Creed game, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll run through everything we know, from a tease within another Ubisoft title to rumours and rumblings from around the web.
Bearing in mind that Ubisoft hasn’t announced anything official, as of yet, let’s get cracking…
Assassin’s Creed 2020 setting: The Division 2 contained a Vikings tease
The first proper tease for the next Assassin’s Creed game seemed to appear in another Ubisoft title, 2019’s multiplayer shooter The Division 2. Despite sharing a publisher, these games have very little in common, but that doesn’t seem to have stopped Ubisoft from sneaking an Assassin’s Creed clue into The Division 2.
Within The Division 2‘s Potomac Event Center, gamers have discovered a poster, which shows a historical figure holding onto an artefact that looks a lot like the Apple Of Eden from the Assassin’s Creed series. The poster’s title, ‘Valhalla’, points to the Norse religion that was popular in Viking times.
All of this has been taken by fans as a tease from Ubisoft that the next Assassin’s Creed game will be set in the Viking era. This belief has been backed up by the usually-reliable website Kotaku, which claims that two well-informed sources have confirmed the Viking setting.
Assassin’s Creed 2020 title: the rumour mill likes ‘Ragnarok’
But what will this new Assassin’s Creed game be called? At the moment, we don’t know for sure, but there are loads of ideas and rumours floating around the web. For instance, the aforementioned Kotaku report about the Valhalla poster claims that the next Assassin’s Creed game is being developed under the codename Kingdom.
One rumour – which was born on 4chan, before being summarised on ResetEra and being picked up by loads of news outlets – claimed that the next game in the series will be called Assassin’s Creed: Ragnarok. This has become a popular moniker on the web, but it’s worth pointing out that the ‘leaked screenshots’ that came with this 4chan rumour have since been debunked as fake.
Meanwhile, plenty of fans have taken to simply calling the game Assassin’s Creed: Vikings. Until we know for sure what Ubisoft is planning on officially calling it, Vikings might be the simplest name to use in casual conversation.
Assassin’s Creed 2020 gameplay: might it have co-op?
Although those fake screenshots give us good reason to doubt the 4chan rumour that was brought to mainstream attention by ResetEra, it’s unclear if the entire post was fan-made fiction or if there were any nuggets of truth in there.
While we wait for Ubisoft to give us some proper information, the 4chan rumour does raise some interesting possibilities: the ResetEra summary tells us that there will be “large scale conquest battles” included in the upcoming title and that co-op gameplay “is returning, and can be used in most side quests and world exploration.”
In terms of story details, this particular rumour also suggests that this new game will take a protagonist called Ragnar Lodbrok (who’s named after the historical figure that Travis Fimmel plays in TV’s Vikings) to locations including Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. If this rumour turns out to be true, expect to see a focus on exploration with plentiful RPG elements.
Assassin’s Creed 2020 release date: will it really be next year?
Both the ResetEra rumour summary and the backed-up-by-two-sources report from Kotaku agree that the next Assassin’s Creed game will launch in 2020. If this is true, it would make 2019 the first year since the birth of this franchise that hasn’t seen the release of a new Assassin’s Creed game (not even a mobile title!).
There could be a benefit to Ubisoft and Assassin’s Creed skipping 2019, though: with the PS5 believed to be launching in 2020 at the earliest and Microsoft’s next-gen plans yet to be formally announced, holding off until next year could allow the next Assassin’s Creed game to launch as a cross-generational title that will span the current crop of consoles and the mysterious next generation.
Also, let’s not forget that Ubisoft is also partnered with Google on the upcoming Stadia platform, which will aim to bring console-free gaming and online game streaming into the mainstream. Stadia is set to launch in the second half of 2019, which would allow a 2020 release for the next Assassin’s Creed game to be a key moment in Stadia’s first year on the market. Might we even see some Stadia-exclusive extra content? We’ll just have to wait and see, of course, in the hope that official announcements are coming soon.
Assassin’s Creed 2020 news: we could learn more at E3
Speaking of official announcements, there’s one event coming very soon that could provide the perfect opportunity for Ubisoft to lift the lid on its next Assassin’s Creed game: the E3 2019 conference, which takes place in Los Angeles this June, is an ideal event at which to make a big splash.
Ubisoft has already nabbed its place on the E3 2019 schedule, announcing a press conference that will take place on Monday 10 June at 1pm local time (which is 9pm here in the UK). If they’re planning to announce the next Assasin’s Creed game in the near future, Ubisoft would be wise to pick this press conference as the time to do it, since the entire gaming press and heaps of fans will be watching this presentation closely.
If and when Ubisoft does drop some details about the next Assassin’s Creed game, we’ll be sure to keep you furnished with all the latest, and we’ll update this article with official information when we have it. In the meantime, feel free to leave your own wishlist for the future of this franchise in the comments below…