According to a blog post, Ubisoft will not be releasing a new Assassin’s Creed in 2016. With the exception of 2008, Ubisoft has released major entries in the Assassin’s Creed franchise yearly since 2007 in addition to regular releases of their various handheld series. The blog post goes on to promise a re-examination of the Assassin’s Creed franchise in general:

“Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.”

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, the latest release, was met with a positive critical reception unlike its middling predecessor Assassin’s Creed: Unity which experienced a number of problems on release. Nonetheless, many fans and critics alike seem to be growing tired of the franchise, often citing a lack of a growth or fundamental change in the series since its earlier titles. Perhaps a break in the longrunning series will give the developer time to workshop some new ideas. Until then, the franchise will hardly remain inactive with the Assassin’s Creed film starring Michael Fassbender to release December 21, 2016, while Ubisoft promises to “have more to share” soon.

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