Has anyone else really missed Assassin’s Creed? The series took a year out in 2016, and it was the right decision for the fatiguing franchise – but as a big fan of the brand, this author kinda missed his annual open world fix. The good news is that a new instalment is on track for this year, and it’s rumoured to be set in Egypt.

Kotaku previously broke the news on Assassin’s Creed: Empires, but it’s WWG.com that’s followed up, suggesting that the final name for the game is the rather generic Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Apparently, like Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, it will feature two playable protagonists – a male and a female – and is also rumoured to have a much more advanced character progression system.

“One source tells us that this is the biggest Assassin’s Creed the company has ever created and is ‘huge’ in scope,” the report claims. “They say that it has been in development for ‘at least’ several years now.” Allegedly it’s the most ambitious Assassin’s Creed ever made, and it will purportedly provide more freedom than previous entries.

Even more interestingly, the speculation adds that naval combat will return in the new game, “allowing you to sail the Mediterranean”. And it sounds like multiple timelines will feature, as a Ubisoft source referred to an internal video featuring different time periods, including an Asian country, World War II era France, and a modern day Abstergo Industries facility.

Of course, take all of this with a pinch of salt – it’s hearsay until it comes out of the publisher’s mouth. But it sounds very reasonable, doesn’t it? And honestly, pretty damn exciting to boot.

[via wwg.com]