The next Assassin’s Creed game, said to be called Rift, will be set in Baghdad according to Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier. Although not officially announced it is thought the game was originally going to be a DLC pack for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla but grew in to it’s own thing.
It is said the game will find players controlling Basim, a character from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, who grew up in the Abbasid Caliphate, the capital of which was Baghdad. The title is said to be smaller than recent Assassin’s Creed games and it will fill the gap until the next big game, Assassin’s Creed Infinity, launches next year. That game is said to be a large ongoing game with multiple locations and timelines.
We should find out more about at least one of the games during the recently announced Ubisoft Forward stream on September 10th.
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☠ Skull and Bones Ubisoft Forward Spotlight | July 7
? Ubisoft Forward | September 10
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) July 5, 2022
The Ubisoft Forward stream will kick off at 12:00PM PT / 8:00PM BST (UK time) / 9:00PM CEST, and I’m sure we can expect more details of what kinds of games and reveals to expect, and the running time, closer to that date.
That said, we can already make some rather educated guesses as to what they will want to feature. The October release date for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope has been announced and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora may also make a showing. It would ideally launch around the time of the second James Cameron film, Avatar: The Way of Water, which is scheduled to get its theatrical debut on 16th December. There’s also speculation surrounding the next Ghost Recon and the free-to-play The Division Heartland.
With a date in September, Ubisoft will have almost skipped out on the entire summer game stream season with their Ubisoft Forward stream. After E3 2022’s cancellation, it was expected that Ubisoft would host a separate Ubisoft Forward stream, perhaps tying in with Summer Game Fest. Instead, Ubisoft (and plenty other big game companies) skipped out on the Geoff Keighley-fronted showcase season. They have had some summer-time streams, focussed specifically on Mario + Rabbids and Skull & Bones, presumably as they need to get their marketing drives rolling toward October/November launch dates, but for that big blowout Ubisoft showcase? It’ll be after Gamescom even.