Basim will reportedly star in a more stealth-heavy Assassin's Creed game

After three straight open-world outings, it appears that Ubisoft is going back to the series' roots with a familiar face.

Assassin's Creed used to be an annual fixture on Ubisoft's schedule. The plan worked for years as audiences loved every new and exciting experience that the series brought to the table. Unfortunately, the stealth-action adventure games started to run out of steam in 2013 after the release of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

Basim Assassins Creed Game
Basim Ibn Ishaq is a complicated character from Assassin's Creed Valhalla that acts as both a foe and a friend.

A few years later, Ubisoft revamped the entire franchise, turning Assassin's Creed into an open-world RPG with stealth elements. Since then, Ubisoft has only released three Assassin's Creed games between 2017 and 2021. Instead of new installments, Ubisoft shifted its focus towards massive expansions for each game.

Having said that, fans expected Ubisoft to skip releasing a new installment this year and perhaps even in 2023. After all, Ubisoft made another bold change by announcing that it would continue supporting 2020's Assassin's Creed Valhalla beyond the game's second year. But, it appears that this isn't necessarily the case.

If we go by what the Bloomberg report is saying, Ubisoft is working on a new Assassin's Creed game that's scheduled to be released after Dawn of Ragnarok comes out in March.

Apparently, Rift, the code name of the upcoming Assassin's Creed game, will be out later this year if not early 2023. The project was originally an expansion for Assassin's Creed Valhalla before Ubisoft decided that it would be better to release it as a standalone title. In addition to its potential release date, Bloomberg's sources claim that Rift will star Basim and will feature stealth-oriented gameplay similar to Assassin's Creed games of the past.

If the reports are true, Rift will arrive before Assassin's Creed Infinity, which Ubisoft announced last October as a live-service take on one of its most popular franchises.

Basim Assassins Creed Game
Rift could explore Basim's life in the Middle East before his full transformation into a reincarnation of Loki.

It's worth paying attention to what Bloomberg said about Ubisoft's plans for Assassin's Creed. Eurogamer also added further credence to Bloomberg's intel, saying that Rift could follow Basim's days in Baghdad before he became a master assassin. If this is true, it would be a true return to the series' roots and give Assassin's Creed fans something they've always wanted - a return to the series' original stealth-oriented gameplay.

Unfortunately, we won't know for sure when Ubisoft is going to release Rift and what its official title is going to be until it's close to launching.

Basim Assassins Creed Game
Similar to the rumored plot of Rift, Assassin's Creed Rogue put players in the shoes of one of the enemies as the assassin-turned-templar, Shay Patrick Cormac.

If it's any consolation, Ubisoft usually schedules big announcements at showcases and events like E3. If the all-digital E3 2022 pushes through, we might just see Ubisoft reveal its plans for Assassin's Creed in June.

Ray Ampoloquio
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