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Rumor: 'Assassin's Creed: Origin' Will Redefine The Franchise's Origins In 2017

When Ubisoft launched the 'Assassin's Creed' franchise, it took countless gamers off guard with its thrilling story and unique in-game mechanics.

When #Ubisoft launched the Assassin's Creed franchise, it took countless gamers off guard with its thrilling story and unique in-game mechanics. Although it had its issues, it was a breath of fresh air to the gaming universe when the first game released in 2007. The franchise has gone through its own ebb and flow over time, as does nearly any game that attempts to launch a new game every year.

Ubisoft realized that they were pushing too hard as the fan base faltered under the weight of an annualized release schedule. So, they took 2016 off from their routine and began pouring extra time into their next game. Although it's not officially revealed yet, we'll likely see an announcement for Assassin's Creed: Origins at #E32017. Here are the rumors we've seen spinning around the net so far about the next Assassin's Creed installment.

It'll be the origin story, set in Egypt in WWII.

Currently unconfirmed image of Assassin's Creed: Origin

Previously, the rumor was that the upcoming game would be titled Assassin's Creed: Empire. The story will be set against an ancient Egyptian world and will focus on the first Assassin's guild.

If you've followed along through the underlying story within the previous Creed games, you'll probably remember the idea of the First Civilization and the birth of humanity. If this Assassin's Creed title revolves around the original Assassins and Templars (or whatever they were called before the Knight's Templar order came to be), then we could be in store for a much more defined trip into the more occult and mystic side of Assassin's Creed.

Regardless of The Precursors influence on the game, it's safe to say that Assassin's Creed: Origin will take us on a journey into some new and uncharted lands and perhaps even different times, as it's rumored that we may see a trailer at E3 showing footage of modern Abstergo, WWII-Era France, and Ancient Egypt.

Can You Say Open World?

Speaking of land and time, the current collection of rumors swirling are that this game will feature a much less linear approach and focus more the freedom that comes with the environment. Since the game will likely be set primarily (not including the WW2 bit) in a much less developed era, it's easy to imagine that there won't be the high arching steeples nor concrete walkways but instead the map will need to be traversed and explored to fully capture what the area has to offer.

It's sounding like Ubisoft has followed in the direction that Guerilla Games introduced through #HorizonZeroDawn with a truly expansive map that puts a greater emphasis on exploration in comparison to the other Assassin's games thus far. The team at Ubisoft has apparently been in development on this game for several years and will be huge in scope, likely spanning across Egypt and as far north as Greece.

What about open seas?

Image Credit: Ubisoft Montreal

Between Egypt and Greece lies the Mediterranean Sea, an area ripe for a return to Assassin's Creed: Black Flag's highly successful naval combat mechanics.

Naval combat was one of the highlights of Black Flag, and it would be a welcome addition to the next installment as countless fans of the franchise loved the naval exploration and elements in #BlackFlag.

More RPG Influences For Character Development

Considering the focus that Ubisoft is putting into exploration over linear storyline, it makes sense to incorporate a new progression system for your character. The idea is that your character's skill progression will have more similarities to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Now the unique part here is that in terms of the playable character, Ubisoft is planning to return with the dual-player game and include both a male and female character to play through the game.

It will be interesting if skills are collective or if you can define/augment the male character towards certain abilities and the female character towards other skill sets. Whatever the case, Ubisoft seems eager to incorporate fan-favorite elements while also rolling in some of the fan-wished content.

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