Not even a year after the release of Assassins Creed: Valhalla, Ubisoft has announced both a working title and location (sort of) for their next entry into their blockbuster franchise. While Assassin’s Creed games have a history of leaks, Ubisoft broke the mold on June 7th and released an announcement regarding Assassin’s Creed: Infinity. In their press release, Ubisoft revealed that the game is planned to be a live service platform, with the implication of multiple historical locations.
The announcement claims that the publisher will be moving away from “passing the baton from game to game”, referring to how Ubisoft’s Montreal and Quebec studios rotate development cycles on Assassin’s Creed. The larger implication of this development change is that Assassin’s Creed: Infinity will assumably hold all the different historical settings for future Assassin’s Creed games. How Ubisoft plans to integrate these changes into existing gameplay is unknown, but the seeds of a live service transition have been sowed since the three most recent entries have incorporated live service staples such as daily challenges, timed events, and microtransactions.
This announcement comes months after Ubisoft announced a larger change in their business strategy, wherein they claimed their business model would shift to focus less on AAA releases. With the announcement of Infinity, we may now understand this could mean a larger focus on transitioning existing franchises to live service games. Ubisoft has a history of staying committed to turning around games of this type that did not necessarily stick the landing, such as For Honor, and the massively successful Rainbow Six: Siege What this could mean for fans Assassin’s Creed is up in the air for now until more details are inevitably released, or leaked.