After Assassin’s Creed Mirage releases this year, Ubisoft is reportedly planning to ship the franchise’s next major entry, Assassin’s Creed Red, sometime in 2024. All we really know about the game is that it will be set in Feudal Japan and feature RPG elements similar to the last three mainline games in the series. However, a new report suggests that this will be the last time that we see the ‘Origins formula’ in an Assassin’s Creed title.
That’s according to known ResetEra leaker John Hawker, who recently claimed that “RED will be the last of the Origins formula.” 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins marked a pretty big deviation from past entries as it included XP-based progression and levelling, often seen in traditional RPGs. Various enemies and dangerous wildlife also had levels attached to them. This formula was only expanded in follow-up installments Odyssey and Valhalla that started to introduce more RPG-heavy elements including romance options, multiple dialogue choices and building your own settlement.
Assassin’s Creed Red (or Assassin’s Creed Codename RED since it’s just a working title) will apparently be the last to feature these RPG elements. According to fans, this is a very good thing as several players are already celebrating the fact that Mirage promises to be a return to the franchise’s roots that focuses on stealthy assassinations, parkour and a considerably smaller map with linear story progression.
Assassin’s Creed Origins was received well at launch and most players embraced the new direction of the series until 2020’s Valhalla, which stretched the RPG elements to their limits. The result was a game that many fans compared to The Witcher more than a traditional Assassin’s Creed title, which upset many that simply felt that the map was too big and the RPG features were unnecessary.