There is, I have discovered, a certain wonder and horror in learning that Assassin's Creed is coming to a city you know and love. Excitement to see your streets and buildings recreated in shiny history-o-vision for you to explore crashes into dread of how horribly it'll mangle your city's culture and history. The open-world murder simulator series is coming to Victorian London, Ubisoft have quietly sorta confirmed after "target gameplay footage" of something named Assassin's Creed Victory leaked to Kotaku. Imagine the mockney accents.
Kotaku report that the video they saw had one of those stabmen fighting atop a carriage rattling through the streets of Victorian London, chasing a Templar through Charing Cross station, grabbing a hat from a lady to disguise himself, swinging on a grappling hook, stabbing men, and stabbing men aboard a moving train. It sounds like the sequence is from a scripted mission, so who knows whether these bits will be standard any-time actions, but there it is: grappling hooks and hats.
Supposedly it's named Assassin's Creed Victory, or was at this point in development, and is due to be the next game, launching in late 2015. Development is lead by Ubisoft Quebec, who've worked on the series before under the command of Ubi's Montreal studio.
Ubisoft confirmed the video was real in a statement to PC Gamer. They didn't say that this "conceptual asset" represents the finished game, but the video and ideas are/were real:
"It is always unfortunate when internal assets, not intended for public consumption, are leaked. And, while we certainly welcome anticipation for all of our upcoming titles, we're disappointed for our fans, and our development team, that this conceptual asset is now public. The team in our Quebec studio has been hard at work on the particular game in question for the past few years, and we're excited to officially unveil what the studio has been working on at a later date. In the meantime, our number one priority is enhancing the experience of Assassin's Creed Unity for players."
I'd expect a formal announcement somewhere from March to July 2015. Or a cryptic teaser campaign hinting at something we know clearly is Assassin's Creed in London. But hey, at least this year's Assassin's Creed Unity has now been patched enough that people have faces. Ubisoft are tossing free DLC at people to make up for the game's shonky state.