The Assassin’s Creed rumour mill has been turning again and this time more information regarding the so-called “Project Richard” title has come to light. If you missed the news before, Ubisoft is apparantly working on an Assassin’s Creed game based on the Third Crusade that follows King Richard II and his bodyguard. However, according to reliable YouTuber j0nathan, Ubisoft has now put that project on hold as they shift focus to more expansions for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
According to j0nathan’s latest video, Project Richard is currently in development at Ubisoft Sofia. The game is a semi-open world take on the series that seems to tie into the original Altair storyline. j0nathan says the game is very different from Origins, Odyssey and Valhalla whereas instead of massive open worlds to explore, players will have a stage-like experience.
Each stage will then deliver smaller hubs to play around in which kind of sounds like an earlier game in the series. Project Richard also includes different eras namely the Third Crusade between 1189 – 1192. The story follows King Richard on his way back to the UK. This means the player will travel alongside him across the country and every new “stop” will act as a stage.
The story also revolves around a woman and a man. Most likely the bodyguard and another playable character who meet somewhere in the game and their stories then intertwine.
While this sounds promising, according to j0nathan Ubisoft might be forced to delay Project Richard until the distant future. He says that most of the focus at the studio has now shifted towards creating the expansion content for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. This includes the Wrath of the Druids next week, the Siege of Paris in September, and “Project Meteor” a final expansion set to launch in 2022.
This means Project Richard could be delayed past 2022 if development pressure does not ease up. Keep in mind that while j0nathan is a very reliable YouTuber, these are still rumours so take them with a pinch of salt.