Ubisoft has remained busy over the past couple years with titles like Rainbow Six Siege, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and For Honor. Meanwhile, several of the developer’s other heavy hitters have been dormant for a spell. That will change this year, as the company has now announced that four of its most popular AAA franchises will return over the course of the next fiscal year.
The reveal came by way of the publisher’s earnings report for its fiscal year 2017, which began April 1 this year and will run through the end of March 2018. Ubisoft has confirmed that Assassin’s Creed will be among the titles making a comeback.
Far Cry 5 (or whatever it ends up being called) will return at some point during this period as well. We can also finally expect to see South Park: The Fractured But Whole, which was delayed back in February. A follow-up to The Crew is also scheduled to arrive by the end of this timeframe.
“Over the last three fiscal years, Ubisoft has – with remarkable success – created numerous new brands and rebooted Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon,” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said in the press release revealing the news. “In 2017-18 we will see the exciting returns of Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, The Crew and South Park.”
The report didn’t delve into any new specifics for each title. That said, we’ve already learned a considerable amount about these games thanks to various leaks and announcements made elsewhere.
Assassin’s Creed, for instance, Is all but confirmed to be set in Ancient Egypt. A recently leaked image gave us our first peek at the game. Assuming the photo is real, the game—believed to be called Assassin’s Creed: Origins—will feature boat-based mechanics.
The image also revealed the name of an NPC, Shadya. An active quest is visible in the upper left corner of the photo. It has tasked the player with following Shadya to a location referred to as Khenut’s Villa. Khenut was a real-life Egyptian Queen who ruled between 2375-2345 BC, lending credibility to the leak.
The official Twitter account for Assassin’s Creed posted the below image a few days ago. It shows off the logo for Empire:
Far Cry 5, meanwhile, is rumored to be set in Montana, according to Kotaku. There is speculation about what period the game will take place in, with some believing that it will follow Far Cry Primal’s prehistoric take on the series. The logo for the game was recently posted to Ubisoft’s forums. Have a look:
Yet another logo was revealed; this time for The Crew 2, as the sequel will be called. However, there’s little information regarding the gameplay or story. Here’s the image:
In addition to the aforementioned titles, Ubisoft revealed that they would be introducing four new major AAA franchises by the end March 2019. “In 2018-19 we intend to pursue our digital transformation and consolidate our new business model, which is much more recurring and more profitable and is now significantly less exposed to new releases,” the report stated.
Though interesting, the press release made no mention of what to expect from these games beyond the release window. All of these details have emerged amidst a tumultuous period for Ubisoft, as it is still under threat of a hostile takeover from Vivendi.