Next 'Assassin's Creed' may be set in France

Web screenshot: Kotaku posts images said to be of a Parisian

Web screenshot: Kotaku posts images said to be of a Parisian "Assassin's Creed." (All rights reserved - Gawker Media)


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An Assassin's Creed game set in its publisher's home country has been the subject of speculation for years, and leaked screenshots say it's happening this year.

Notre Dame, the river Seine, and a selection of views into an 18th century Paris's posh surrounds feature in what Kotaku says are screens pertaining to be this year's Assassin's Creed game on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

"Unity will be for the current-gen consoles -- Xbox One and PS4 -- while a second game, possibly called or code-named Comet, will be released on Xbox 360 and PS3. Presumably one or both versions will also be on PC," is the insider rumour.

And an earlier post on video games forum NeoGAF claimed that "Assassin's Creed: Unity" would feature a blue-clad assassin named Arnaud -- a name whose meaning refers to the series' eagle motif -- and take place between both Paris and London.

Though unusual, the plan to put more than one "Assassin's Creed" game on the market this winter falls in line with earlier quotes from Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot who, in June 2013, said there were three separate titles underway.

Furthermore, last year's Assassin's Creed IV contained an Easter Egg list of possible historical eras for following series entries, including revolutionary France.

Bear in mind, however, that Assassin's Creed IV was not just a return to form, but also the franchise's most self-aware entry yet.

With Assassin Creed III subject to a similar French-set rumour, one that was later revealed to be a hoax, Ubisoft's developers might just have been teasing their fans.