The next installment of the mega-popular Assassin's Creed franchise has potentially been leaked ahead of schedule. Here's everything we know about Assassin's Creed: Ragnarok, including leaks, rumors, and release date info.
Fans of the Ubisoft games will know all too well that the last game in this series was released back in 2018, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, and there's been no official word since about what the next will be. Information on a timeframe for a potential launch has also been scarce.
However, what appears to be a huge leak has not only named the developer's next project but also revealed when players can expect to see it release as well. Let's take a look at everything you need to know about the game.
Assassin's Creed: Ragnarok release date
While the next Assassin's Creed has not yet been given an expected launch window, an apparent leaker posting to 4Chan claims that we should expect the project to be formally announced during a PlayStation event on February 12.
From there, the source states that the development team is working towards a release date of September 29, 2020, where it will release for Xbox One and PS4 platforms before eventually being released on Xbox Series X and PS5 – meaning it will be coming to current and next-gen, if accurate.
We must stress, though, that this is all yet to be confirmed.
What do we know about the game?
The same leak suggested that the game will be set across three main areas of Europe – Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, France and more. Cities cited for having kingdoms built there in the next Assassin's Creed are York, London, Paris, and Kyiv.
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It also states that the main character included in the game will be a Viking warrior named Jora, with players being able to select whether or not they want them to be a male or female in-game. What is apparently a blurred image of the lead protagonist has been posted online, too, as shown below.
The source claims there will temples scattered all across the map and to make things even more interesting, they're protected by mythical beasts such as Krakens, giant snakes, dragons, giants, and other. Certainly different for an Assassin's Creed game, if true. Other fresh features, impacting gameplay, include upgrades to combat.
It states: "Combat is upgraded with more weapon types and special abilities for every weapon grouping. Each weapon can have runes added, be upgraded, and durability increased," while also adding: "Weapon durability does now come into play, forcing players to use their weapon pool more effectively and forced to manage a smaller inventory that can be upgraded."
Are the leaks real?
As is the case with leaks for almost any game, it's worth noting that all of this information is best taken with a pinch of salt.
One thing that this 4Chan information does include, though, is specific dates whereby things will apparently be released so it won't be long before we find out if it's accurate or not.
Industry insider and analyst, ZhugeEX, has moved to quickly quell the excitement surrounding a potential Assassin's Creed: Ragnarok project, in a post to resetra. They said: "For what it’s worth. All of the new AC leaks so far have been incorrect. It’s not even called Ragnarok. Sure, some of the details are right, like improved combat or whatever, but in general they’re not that accurate."
Members of the online gaming community will know that there's a slim chance that so many specific details regarding an AAA game like this are leaked so early into the project, with many spoilers to the storyline also included, but nothing can really be ruled out until Ubisoft has their say on the next installment.
Until then, the rumor mill will just keep on turning.