The leaker claims there’ll be no new Assassin’s Creed game in 2019, as expected, but Assassin’s Creed Legion will launch in 2020 and be a cross-gen game, just as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was.
The leak suggests it’ll be set in Ancient Italy during the end of the reign of Marcus Aurelius. Yep, that guy. There’ll be two playable characters, Cassius and Lucia, both Roman names so that checks out. It’s being designed as the end of the ‘Ancient Trilogy’, which also includes Origins and Odyssey. The RPG elements will be back, possibly emphasised even more, along with a revised mercenary and cultist system.
As for the actual location, it’s claimed it’ll be mainland Italy along with a chunk of Gaul and Germania. Asterix and Obelix, please and thanks, Ubisoft.
This leak’s from that den of iniquity known as 4Chan, so attach as much worth to it as you dare. What we will say is that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey leaked on 4chan and it was absolutely spot-on. In both instances the user posting it is anonymous, but they correctly detailed the name, the location, two playable characters, naval combat, replayable missions, the release window, and just about everything related to AC Odyssey. You can see that for yourself here. The sneaking suspicion is these leaks are usually guerrilla marketing campaigns from Ubisoft, something we’ll never know for sure.
So Assassin’s Creed Legion is a little further afield, but in terms of Ubisoft’s short-term plans, it seems Watch Dogs 3 is legit and will be a holiday 2019 title. Details are more scarce on this game that AC Legion, which seems off, but it’s claimed Watch Dogs 3 will be set in London and focus on small firearms and knife combat, as well as a choice between male or female protagonists and a large emphasis on hacking. Watch Dogs 2 was almost totally hacking so it’ll be interesting to see how Ubisoft plans to get it even more hacking-focused.
On a personal note, I'd love to see a Watch Dogs game set in London. I'd prefer just about any other city in the UK but it seems London's pretty much the only one with a massive cultural cache. Still, games set in modern-day London are actually few and far between compared to the gazillion of New York games, and it should be a welcome change of atmosphere for the series.
So then, a couple of things. Firstly, what do you make of the veracity of these rumours? And secondly, what do you think of these rumoured new settings for the Assassin's Creed and Watch Dogs series? Let us know below!