In what could be a break from Ubisoft's tradition of releasing one Assassin's Creed game every year, rumours suggets the publisher might not release its next Assassin's Creed sequel in 2016.
Further, there has been unverified information suggesting that the series' next game, codenamed 'Empire', will be set in ancient Egypt. It will be released in 2017. Giving its developers ample time to improve, polish and add more to the game, Kotaku reported.
The rumours first surfaced online, thanks to the post on the 4chan boards (famous for providing posts with unreliable sources) with what was supposed to be an anonymous poster from an Ubisoft developer. But over the course, fans began compiling all the statements on NeoGAF and an analysis of it revealed at the possibility of the information being true.
This was complemented by Kotaku throwing in its weight behind the rumours with what it had "heard independently for months".
The posts on the NeoGAF also claimed that since it will be based in ancient Egypt, the purported video game might be a prequel to the entire Assassin's Creed franchise. This means that it will be before the time when the society of Assassin's and Templars even started.
The lead character could be a "slave or ex-slave... with darker skin." The NeoGAF post also revealed that the game will not have any recycled content and is being built "from the scratch".
Over the years, though the Assassin's Creed has been a successful franchise, it had of late become musty and many had even suggested Ubisoft to take a break from its annual game release schedule, thus providing more time for game development.
The last big game in the Assassin's Creed franchise was Assassin's Creed Unity, which was found to be full of bugs and this affected the sales of its another game, Assassin's Creed Syndicate.
Nevertheless, there will be two small platform games, namely Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India (scheduled for 12 January release) and Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia (scheduled for 9 February release).
Apart from this, there is also a new Assassin's Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender that is scheduled for a December 2016 release.
So, instead of any big game in Assassin's Creed franchise, Ubisoft is likely to release Watch Dogs 2, a sequel to the 2014's shooter stealth video game Watch Dogs.