Ubisoft is reportedly working on a new smaller Assassin’s Creed game. Bloomberg claims that the game, codenamed “Rift” was actually planned as a full expansion for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla but was turned into a standalone project during development.
Assassin’s Creed Rift will reportedly be released before the upcoming live-service game Infinity. Ubisoft decided to turn the expansion into a full game in order to tide players over until Assassin’s Creed Infinity releases. Rift is also a different game from the upcoming Dawn of Ragnarok expansion that is releasing in March.
While little is known about this expansion-turned-full game at the moment, reports claim that it will be a smaller stealth orientated Assassin’s Creed experience. In addition, it will focus on Basim Ibn Ishaq. You might remember Basim from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. While he appeared throughout the game, Basim has a whole past history that remains unexplored. For example, he is directly tied to Constantinople and played a major role in the growth of the Hidden Ones during the 800s.
The upcoming game will most likely focus on Basim’s past while also shedding some light on what happens to him at the end of Valhalla.
According to reports, Ubisoft has a number of studios working on this Assassin’s Creed game. However, the upcoming Infinity project is being tackled by both Ubisoft Quebec and Montreal. They worked on Odyssey, Origins and Valhalla.
While we don’t know the release date yet, Ubisoft is expected to release this smaller game by 2023. By the sound of things, it might be this year’s Assassin’s Creed release so we can expect it by the end of the year.
Source; Bloomberg (paywall)