If you have not heard by now, there will be no Assassin’s Creed this year according to a blog post by Ubisoft explaining that it’s going to spend this year reflecting on previous titles and polish up the latest game before it releases next year.

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This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.

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This ends a seven-year tradition which began when Assassin’s Creed II released back in 2009. Ubisoft has commented on the state of the franchise stating that that its goal is not automatically to come back on annual cycle but to come back on a regular basis.

We have focused one of our best teams behind what we are working on Assassin’s Creed. We have given them all the time for releasing something that we hope to be exceptional. We are setting up rules so that they will have enough time to polish the game and come with something really exceptional, so this is what we have for our first priority.

Then after that, if we feel like we are in the right direction and that we can continue the path and we have enough innovation for the next one, we might come with the next one in the next year. But it’s no longer something that will be set up every year.

We know that there is an entry hitting iOS this month, so hopefully that can keep players occupied for some time. This is also a perfect time for gamers to spend time playing the older titles in the series.