Ah, the end of February, time for the next Assassin’s Creed hype train to start up and a lot has happened over the past few hours.
Ubisoft Toronto studio head and Assassin’s Creed series producer, Jade Raymond, then said the game will not be set in Japan.
“The fifth instalment will feature her favourite historical era, Raymond says, but she can’t even give a hint of what that is because it would ruin the surprise,” reports Adweek.
That’s the official stuff, but there has been a raft of information over the past few hours for multiple sources so either this is the biggest and most elaborate hoax ever, or the secret is out. First up, a leaked press release courtesy of Uproxx.
Today, Ubisoft announced Assassin’s Creed® V, the next major release in the award winning, best-selling franchise. Assassin’s Creed V serves as the introduction to an all new hero, setting and gameplay mechanics as the Assassin’s Creed franchise hits a new era.
Assassin’s Creed V has been in the development cycle for almost three years, at Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Toronto with development support from Ubisoft studios at Annecy, Quebec and Montpellier. Assassin’s Creed V will release on the PlayStation®4 from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC. The game will release worldwide on November 4, 2014.
In the events of the ongoing Industrial Revolution, Assassin’s Creed V follows the story of Samuel Fey, as he enters the Assassin Order in a time of change and Templar rule. Fey is a successful and respectful entrepreneur, who works outside the corrupt law to guarantee the security of his own and others’ futures. Taking place during the closing years of the Industrial Revolution in Victorian London, players will explore all new locales as they uncover the truth behind the hidden ongoing rebellion.
Assassin’s Creed V is the turning point for the franchise, featuring completely revised stealth and combat mechanics, powered by the next-generation Ubisoft AnvilX engine and all-new gameplay features and systems. While Assassin’s Creed acts as Ubisoft’s rescope for the franchise, it maintains the key touch points that the series is built upon.
Assassin’s Creed V can be pre-ordered at UBIShop® by visiting: http://shop.ubi.com/AC5
Limited, Collectors and Special Editions will be available after further information is uncovered in the coming weeks.
The press release is the only leak to mention London, everything else points to Russia. Inqusitr has a video with stills taken from an alleged presentation.
Assassin’s Creed: The Fall exists already, it is a comic series consisting of three issues, followed the journey of the Russian Assassin Nikolai Orelov during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
And finally there is this “leaked” logo which is all sorts of awesome.
So is it London or Russia for the next Assassin’s outing, or just a lot of hoaxers got the same idea at the same time? We should find out soon.