Two new Assassin’s Creed games this year?

A leaked screenshot from the new Assassin's Creed title (image: Kotaku)

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, the latest title from Ubisoft in the highly-successful Assassin’s Creed franchise was met with critical acclaim when it launched late last year. A follow-up title is almost a certainty, and rumours have started to build that gamers will get two different versions later this year.

A leaked screenshot from the new Assassin's Creed title (image: Kotaku)
A leaked screenshot from the new Assassin’s Creed title (image: Kotaku)

According to early leaked screenshots obtained by news website Kotaku, one version of the follow-up is codenamed Unity, and is set to take place in 18th-century Paris. Black Flag was set during the Golden Age of piracy in 17th-century Caribbean.

According to the site, Unity will be made available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, while the second title, codenamed Comet, will be launched on PS3 and Xbox360.

But Kotaku is skeptical if two different versions of Assassin’s Creed is the right move. “Some might be excited that Ubisoft is liberating their teams from the shackles of cross-gen development for Unity, which won’t have to make any compromises to fit into last-gen hardware. But some critics have already accused Ubisoft of milking the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Two new games this fall could add to Assassin’s Creed’s reputation as an overused series,” they wrote.

Ubisoft hasn’t officially commented or confirmed the development of a new Assassin’s Creed title slated for this year.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor