If you’re an Assassin’s Creed fan of any description, it can’t have escaped you that there have been rumours flying around that the next game in the series is heading to India. In reality, this would be a return to India, since the game already went there with Assassin’s Creed Chronicles. Of course these rumours outline a full-blown RPG release, the same style as Valhalla, Odyssey, and Origins, but set in the continent of India and a little bit beyond. It would be impressive if these rumours were real, but I question just how likely they are.
As reported by ScreenRant, the rumours came out of a 4Chan post where someone claiming to be a ‘Ubisoft Insider’ shared a bunch of details. They included points such as a very early concept map, the fact that the story will be set just before Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, but also that there’s no naval combat planned right now. All-in-all, it feels pretty flimsy. to me, it all reads like a potential plan for a new Assassin’s Creed game, but one that’s been put together as a pitch rather than an actual piece of early game development.
Let’s look at the facts here. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has only just launched. We know from developer interviews that the process of creating these games begins by looking at a collection of pitches. That’s all I think this is, a pitch idea. I think that it’s something someone has put together to show the higher-ups at Ubisoft, but there’s nothing more concrete than that.
Right now, Ubisoft is still hard at work with DLC for Immortals: Fenyx Rising, Watch Dogs Legion, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. They’re not planning on launching a new game this year. They might get one out in 2022, but it’s more likely that it’ll hit in 2023. As for whether it’s set in India or not probably depends on which pitch was accepted. We won’t know this until we get a confirmation from Ubisoft, but I don’t think anything like that is coming from them anytime soon. If they’re smart, they’ll keep their lips tightly shut until they have something incredible to show us.