A potential AC 5 2014 announcement by Ubisoft has some wondering whether the Assassin’s Creed 5 location will finally be revealed.
In related reports by The Inquisitr, it was rumored that the AC 5 location could be set in either feudal Japan or ancient Egypt. As evidence for this, Japan was mentioned as a possibility by Ubisoft creative director Jean Guesdon and ancient Egypt was featured in some leaked gameplay photos that were suspiciously similar to a character shown in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. Some ideas even mentioned the Old West and Victorian London (could Jack the ripper have been an assassin taking out Templars?).
But then AC 4 lead writer Darby McDevitt revealed the hints mentioned in AC 4 were all false leads:
“The email thread that’s in the game, I wrote that very swiftly in an afternoon but I didn’t realize that Kotaku would write like two huge articles about it. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the time periods I picked were not necessarily the ones we were considering, it was just me parodying the ones that the fans had asked for back to them. So the fans generated that list, we didn’t generate that list.”
Regardless of rumors about the game setting, the Assassin’s Creed 5 release date may be announced fairly soon. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said between between April 2014 and March 2015 they will be launching five games, with three of those being The Crew, Watch Dogs and a Just Dance game. But what about the other two?
“There is two more games that are still not announced that we will soon announce.”
It’s assumed AC 5 will be one of the two undisclosed titles since the Assassin’s Creed 2014 release date was confirmed late last year. It’s possible they are holding back because the title is likely to give us hints to the real location. After all, “Black Flag” clearly told us AC 4 was about pirates, which also made the Caribbean the obvious choice for a location.
Despite gamers generally liking AC 4 over AC 3, the latter actually sold more. During the same time period Assassin’s Creed 3 sales number were at 10 million while AC 3 shipped 12 million. It’s possible sales took a dip because of gamers spending their hard-earned cash on buying the PS4 and Xbox One. After all, overall industry software/game sales during the holidays were down by a good amount. In fact, Guillemot says these sales numbers were in line with their expectations:
“The launches of the PS4 and Xbox One were both hugely successful, with sales of these machines more than doubling those for the previous generation and confirming the growth potential of the console market in the coming years. Over the short term, the high quality of our titles–which is unanimously recognized by gamers–has enabled us to achieve our third-quarter sales target despite the transition period currently affecting the market. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag performed particularly well, reinforcing the franchise’s long-term potential and therefore its upcoming iteration.”
With the Assassin’s Creed 5 2014 release date pending, which AC 5 location would you prefer? Also, are there any changes to the staple gameplay you’d like to see (it’s assumed AC5 won’t feature oceans or ship combat)?