Assassin's Creed Syndicate
A screenshot from 2015 game Assassin's Creed Syndicate.Ubisoft

Ubisoft has officially announced that there will not be a new Assassin's Creed game in 2016, confirming reports that the series will take its first break since 2008. In a blog post, the company states that it is making the move to "step back and re-examine" the franchise.

In January Kotaku reported that the series would take a break for a year before returning in 2017 with a game set in Ancient Egypt. That latter part of their report has not been confirmed, and if true it likely won't be confirmed for some time.

In a statement on its website Ubisoft first discussed the most recent release in the series, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and the upcoming Hollywood movie starring Michael Fassbender, before getting into the nitty-gritty.

Specifically Ubisoft says that it "learned a lot" following the release of Assassin's Creed Unity in 2014, which launched with a litany of bugs and glitches that greatly tarnished the brand's reputation. Last year's Syndicate was better-received by critics but most agreed that franchise fatigue had set in.

Below is their statement in full...

It's an exciting time for Assassin's Creed.

We're only a few months removed from the debut of Jacob and Evie Frye, the stars of Assassin's Creed Syndicate. We're proud of the talented team in Quebec City, and all of our studios around that world that took part in bringing the Victorian London adventures of our twin Assassins to life. We truly hope you enjoy playing Assassin's Creed Syndicate as much as our studios enjoyed making it.

Also, we recently unveiled the first images of Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender in action as our lead Assassin in the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie that hits theaters on December 21, 2016. Having already visited the set, we can't begin to describe how surreal and exciting it is to walk the real-world halls of Abstergo, or see the intricate replicas of Assassin weaponry. We have an outstanding cast and crew that want to honor the rich lore of Assassin's Creed and bring a fresh perspective to the ongoing battle between Assassins and Templars that's fit for the big screen.

This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin's Creed franchise. As a result, we've decided that there will not be a new Assassin's Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin's Creed Unity, we've learned a lot based on your feedback. We've also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin's Creed a premier open-world franchise. We're taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we're delivering on the promise of Assassin's Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone's playground.

We'll have more to share on all of the above soon. In the meantime, we want to say thank you to our millions of fans around the world for your continued support.

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