Unity's rather shambolic launch may have caused Ubisoft to stumble a little, but the great behemoth that is Assassin's Creed shows no sign of letting up.
Leaked development assets have revealed that next year's instalment will be titled Assassin's Creed: Victory, and will take the series to 19th Century London.
Kotaku uncovered the scoop, also revealing that Victory is under development at Ubisoft Quebec, rather than the more well-known and prominent Montreal studio. This matches up with a Ubi Blog entry from earlier this year that confirmed Ubisoft Quebec would handle a future game in the series – it's just unexpected for it to be so soon.
A seven-minute "target gameplay footage" video sent to Kotaku revealed the game is using the same Anvil system as Unity (hopefully a tidier version), and features similar stalking and stabbing gameplay, with the addition of steam trains and a grappling hook. The grapple in particular sounds interesting, adding a whole new element of freedom to the series' movement system.
Ubisoft has released a statement in response to the leak, which reads as follows:
“It is always unfortunate when internal assets, not intended for public consumption, are leaked. And, while we certainly welcome anticipation for all of our upcoming titles, we're disappointed for our fans, and our development team, that this conceptual asset is now public. The team in our Quebec studio has been hard at work on the particular game in question for the past few years, and we're excited to officially unveil what the studio has been working on at a later date. In the meantime, our number one priority is enhancing the experience of Assassin's Creed Unity for players.”
Big fan of the new setting, but thus far there's a shameful lack of Assassins in top hats and capes. This needs to be addressed as soon as possible.