Confirmed: No new Assassin's Creed this year

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Shhhhh, sleep now.

Shhhhh, sleep now.

This is sort of like announcing that the tides have given up. The Assassin's Creed (opens in new tab) series has performed with such exhausting regularity that its absence is in itself startling. But that is the strange reality we now live in: Ubisoft has confirmed earlier rumours (opens in new tab) that there will be no new Assassin's Creed this year.

"This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise," Ubisoft says in a blog entry (opens in new tab). "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."

Could this mean no more bell towers? No more relieving myriad careless citizens of their treasure chests? I'm almost afraid to imagine such an unnatural scenario.