The Fallen Empire Of Assassin’s Creed

There are three things in life that are a certainty: Death, Taxes, and an annual Assassin’s Creed game. However it appears that the latter may soon change…

Since the release of Assassin’s Creed II in 2009, Ubisoft has released a core Assassin’s Creed title every year, the latest being the extremely fun Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. However, according to reports from Kotaku, the next main entry in the franchise — codenamed Assassin’s Creed Empire — may only be arriving in 2017. This indication of bi-annual releases first stemmed from a NeoGaf post that claimed a developer of the title said the following:

You’ll have to wait until 2017 for it. The reason: It will be a complete revamp of the series. The game is going for a Witcher feel, with player progression, freeform combat system. Horse is back, and boats too.

Following the disappointment of Unity in 2014, it is expected that the sales of Syndicate are suffering as a knock on effect. I think the decision to take a step back would be a smart one. Ubisoft already has a new third-person open world franchise in the making in the form of Watch Dogs, so maybe these franchises can alternate. If you are desperate for some fresh Assassin’s Creed action this year, don’t forget the new Chronicles games launching soon.

Talking of games not making there way into 2016, Platinum Games has released a statement confirming that their action-RPG title, Scalebound has been delayed until 2017. In a message to the fans, the developer gave the following reason for the delay:

“In order to deliver on our ambitious vision and ensure that Scalebound lives up to expectations, we will be launching the game in 2017. This will give us the time needed to bring to life all the innovative features and thrilling gameplay experiences that we have planned.”

To be honest this doesn’t come as a huge surprise, Platinum are working on so many different projects at the moment something simply had to give. Delays nearly always benefit a game in the long run, and there are plenty of exciting titles coming this year so I will happily wait a little longer to play Scalebound.

Now what exactly are those 2016 games I hear you ask. Well luckily Microsoft has provided us with a list of their upcoming exclusives.  The post on Xbox Wire reveals big names such as Gears of War 4Quantum BreakHalo Wars 2Crackdown 3, ReCoreSea of Thieves, and Gigantic. The big omission for me is Cuphead… I really hope that that game is coming some point this year, it looks so fun!

Don’t worry PlayStation fans, Sony has also provided us with a video showcasing twenty “PS4 exclusives” that are (hopefully) coming this year. These titles include first-party games such as Uncharted 4, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Gran Turismo Sport and The Last Guardian, and then other console exclusives like No Man’s Sky, Alienation, and Firewatch. Whether you own a PS4 or Xbox One (or hopefully both) one thing is certain, 2016 looks like it will be a great year for video games!

There is always a black cloud on the horizon, and yesterday is came in the form of another PSN outage. I am happy to report that normal service appears to have resumed so hopefully it didn’t trouble gamers too much. Sony has confirmed that PS Plus and PS Now subscriptions for existing users will be extended, as a form of compensation, but we do not know the exact details yet — an extra day is probably reasonable. As long as we don’t ever have a reoccurrence of the 2011 outage (23 days) then I can handle the odd day every now and then. That being said, some users are probably less understanding and Sony really needs to address this problem that happens all too frequently.

Until tomorrow,

Matt