Well, it’s been three or four months since the release of Assassin’s Creed IV, so you know what that means — time to start speculating about Assassin’s Creed V! Specifically, where’s this one going to be set? In a recent interview, series overseer Jade Raymond shot down the possibility of a Japanese samurai-based Assassin’s Creed, and now someone has apparently gone and leaked an Assassin’s Creed V announcement press release.
The press release (which could be fake, but seems pretty legit) says Assassin’s Creed V will star a new main character and take place during the industrial revolution in England. Oh, and it’s a next-gen exclusive and coming out this year. You can read the press release below and judge its veracity for yourself…
“This sounds like a pretty fishy rumor to me, but discussion about it is flying around left and right. Make of it what you will, but be sure to know that this is in no way confirmed at this time.
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.
For more details and information on Assassin’s Creed and Assassin’s Creed V, please visit: assassinscreed.com and facebook.com/assassinscreed.”
Even if this turns out to be fake, it seems as though some sort of official Assassin’s Creed V info is on its way, as Ubisoft has been tweeting coded hints. For what it’s worth, the folks at NeoGAF seem to think these hints point to the game being set in Russia. Either way, it seems like the series is leaving the sunny climes of Assassin’s Creed IV behind.