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Assassin’s Creed Rift stealthily gets pushed back

I’ve been hearing through the grapevine that the next Assassin’s Creed – codenamed Rift – has been pushed back to 2023. While talking about the subject of cancelations and delays, Ubisoft spoke of “a smaller unannounced premium game” being moved to the next fiscal year. Bloomberg now claims that this unannounced game is – in fact – Assassin’s Creed Rift.

Ah yes… Assassin’s Creed Rift. The game that for some inexplicable reason hasn’t leaked yet. It doesn’t happen often that an Assassin’s Creed game stays under wraps. All we have are hopes and rumors, and now – by the looks of it – a new release window. Many believe that Rift was created to be a Valhalla expansion, giving Basim some more screen time. But Basim has more secrets to uncover than we might know, so Ubisoft reportedly turned Rift into a standalone spin-off.

There’s a lot riding on Assassin’s Creed Rift if the rumors are correct. Ever since Altaïr’s endeavors in Jerusalem, fans have been yearning for that stealthy approach in a middle-eastern setting. With Rift allegedly taking place in Baghdad and focussing on stealth rather than action, it theoretically should tick all the boxes.

Assassin's Creed Rift Basim

But if we’re to believe Bloomberg, we shouldn’t set our hopes on a 2022 release anymore. Reacting to Ubisoft’s reports of ‘a smaller unannounced premium game, originally slated for 2022-23’ releasing a fiscal year later, Jason Schreier seems to know more than the rest of us.

In the meanwhile, Ubisoft is keeping its Assassin’s Creed plans in the dark for now. But some light will be cast on the future of the franchise soon enough. “The future of Assassin’s Creed will be unveiled in September”. That was the promise of the publisher during a mildly disappointing livestream. So I guess we’ll hear more about Rift then. Or not.