Assassin’s Creed Infinity: Setting, free-to-play, platforms & everything we know

Andrew Highton
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Ubisoft have somewhat confirmed that the next game in the Assassin’s Creed series will be called ‘Infinity,’ and could be released in 2022 — but no one knows for sure. It could include all the different eras and characters from past titles, so here’s what we know about the heavily-rumored live-service action game.

The recent Assassin’s Creed games have been massive in contrast to the first few games. Origins, Odyssey, and Valhalla have favored combat and RPG elements over the platforming and stealthy nature of earlier iterations.

Ubisoft are obviously not afraid to switch things up and reinvent their cash cow. This could be the case in 2022 as Assassin’s Creed Infinity is allegedly the title of the next game, and looks to once again implement some big changes.

Instead of a one-off release in a certain era with DLC, Infinity is rumored to be a live service title. Information on the game is still quite minimal at this point, but here’s what we know about the game so far.


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Is there an Assassin’s Creed Infinity release date?

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The most recent Assassin’s Creed outing was the biggest ever.

As of writing, there has been no release date announced for Assassin’s Creed Infinity. However, if the game is to follow dates similar to other games in the franchise, it’ll be closer to November 2022.

However, the events of the last two years have seen countless games being delayed and put back. So there’s every chance that Assassin’s Creed Infinity may not meet this particular timeframe.

Where will Assassin’s Creed Infinity be set?

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Assassin’s Creed games have become a lot more combat-focused in recent years.

Assassin’s Creed Infinity is expected to be a live service game that looks to break away from the mold of normal AC games. As such, Infinity looks to be set over multiple periods of time, and players will be able to jump back and forth between them.

As content inevitably gets added to the title, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Assassin’s Creed Infinity attempt to have multiple different eras explored down the years.

Will Assassin’s Creed Infinity be free-to-play?

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Players may get a chance to head back to Italy with Ezio

Ubisoft have been very careful and quiet over the next Assassin’s Creed game, but have said that it won’t be free-to-play. The developers are trying to move many of their main games towards the free-to-play model, but Assassin’s Creed will not be one of them.

“It’s not going to be free to play and this game will have a lot of narrative elements in it,” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said of the new title in an earnings call (thanks, VGC).

We expect Infinity to be a full-price game with the option to purchase more content through DLC and microtransactions as the game’s lifespan progresses.

Which platforms will Assassin’s Creed Infinity 2022 be on?

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Fans will love a return of some swashbuckling pirate antics.

Ubisoft have not commented on the availability of Assassin’s Creed Infinity, but it’s safe to assume that it will appear on most platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Steam, and Stadia.

The only real question marks are: will it appear on last-gen consoles – the PS4 and Xbox One – and will Infinity be an option for Nintendo Switch owners? The newest PlayStation and Xbox consoles have been out for a while now, so Ubisoft may look to phase the older consoles out of the release cycle.

Also, several older Assassin’s Creed games are available to buy on the Switch but the most recent title, Valhalla, isn’t — so we’ll have to see how selective Ubisoft are being moving forward in 2022.

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More DLC was planned by Ubisoft.

Assassin’s Creed ‘Rift’ 

A report by Bloomberg has suggested that a new Assassin’s Creed game may be in development, which is a separate title from the upcoming AC Infinity. The report states that the game, which has been given a working title of ‘Rift’ is the next chapter in Ubisoft’s long-running series.

It also reveals that Rift was originally an Assassin’s Creed Valhalla DLC, but Ubisoft altered their release schedule to turn it into a main franchise entry.

Assassin’s Creed Rift (which is unlikely to be its final name) was in development alongside Assassin’s Creed Infinity as an expansion to Valhalla set to star the assassin Basim as the main playable character. The chapter was allegedly set to feature the popular character on his own adventure, possibly set after the events of Valhalla.

However, during development, the studio decided to adapt Rift into a stand-alone game to help fill out its limited release schedule. As a result, the game is expected to be smaller in scope than its predecessor and not feature a huge open world as AC Valhalla did.

The Bloomberg report also states that Rift will place more emphasis on stealth gameplay after previous entries were so reliant on combat. This may make it closer to earlier Assassin’s Creed games that starred characters like Altair and Ezio.


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