Reports indicate that fans of the Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed, and Ghost Recon franchises can wait a long time before getting more of their favorite games. According to various sources involved in its development, the next entries in these popular franchises remain further away than expected.
The news comes from Kotaku this time around, but it appears to be in line with an earlier Bloomberg report. The leaker known as Nibel now too noticed that “according to three sources, the upcoming Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed and Ghost Recon games are further away than planned by Ubisoft”.
The story began with a report in February. This looked at how Ubisoft would turn an Assassin’s Creed Valhalla downloadable content into a standalone game to fill its release schedule for next year. The game in question, Rift, was initially planned as an expansion, but soon became a standalone title in its own right. Rift will apparently follow the character Basim Ibn Ishaq from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Rather than taking place in a massive open world, Rift will be a smaller-scale game focused on stealth encounters. The title currently has no firm release date.
In response to the Rift report, Ubisoft said in a statement that it refuses to comment on “rumors or speculation as they do our development teams and community a disservice.” The company went on to say that it has a “solid and exciting” lineup of titles in the works that are from “both established brands with new plot twists and features and new intellectual properties that will continue to change the video game landscape of today.”
Ubisoft had similar things to say about the news that upcoming entries in the Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed, and Ghost Recon franchises could be a long time away. “Ubisoft has unmatched creative and production capabilities, with more than 20,000 talented people collaborating across our global studios on game development,” the company noted. “Thanks to them and our long-term approach and appetite for creative risk, we have built some of the strongest proprietary brands in the industry and we have many new brands and promising projects on the horizon.”
This comes on the heels of news that Ubisoft is being courted by private equity firms over a possible takeover after months of poor stock market performance. The company has neither confirmed nor denied these rumors, but said in a recent statement that it has “one of the industry’s deepest and most diverse portfolios, cutting-edge services and technologies, and a large and growing community of engaged gamers.” that “we are ideally positioned to capitalize on the rapid growth of the industry and the platform opportunities that are now emerging.”
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