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Rumours are rife that a standalone spinoff to 2020’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is on the way from Ubisoft.
According to Bloomberg and its sources, the new game is codenamed Rift, and will be a smaller, standalone adventure. Citing “people familiar with the project” the game will feature Basim, a member of the Assassin order introduced in Valhalla. Eurogamer also claimed they had heard of the project, saying early plans included the city of Baghdad.
Interestingly enough, the rumour also says the spinoff will eschew the open world format of recent Assassins Creed games. Instead, it claims, it’ll focus more on stealth and will launch either this year or in 2023. Presumably, to fill the gap between Assassin’s Creed releases before the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Infinity project. Allegedly, Ubisoft began development on Rift as an expansion to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, before the decision to make it standalone.
A spokesperson for Ubisoft hasn’t offered confirmation, claiming it doesn’t comment “on rumours or speculation as they do a disservice to our development teams and community”. However, the spokesperson did say the company has “a solid and exciting line-up of titles in our pipeline, both established brands with new story twists and features, and brand new IPs.”
In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla‘s case, that includes new expansion Dawn of Ragnarok, which is expected to arrive on March 10, 2022. So, if you want to learn more about the next standalone series entry, check out our comprehensive Assassin’s Creed Mirage release date page.