Ubisoft is bringing Assassin’s Creed back next year with big changes to its gameplay mechanics. Much like last year’s Odyssey, 2020’s (allegedly named) Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok is shaping up to bring a lot of new changes to the franchise. Now, a new leak from 4chan suggests what these new features will be, namely – 4 player co-op, a map 2x bigger than Odyssey’s Greece and most importantly a release on next-gen consoles.
According to a number of new leaks, Assassin’s Creed: Ragnarok will be the biggest game in the franchise, both in terms of gameplay features and size of the map. The map is allegedly going to cover all of Northern Europe with naval traversal being a big part of the game. However, it doesn’t look like naval battles will play any bigger part than Odyssey.
Last year, Ubisoft wowed everyone with a map so big, I didn’t even get to discover all of it after finishing its near 60-hour story. But while Odyssey’s map was huge, it also attracted criticism for being too big. I like open-world games with huge maps to play in, but when it’s not filled with meaningful content, it kinda beats the purpose. I’m hoping that Ragnarok (or whatever it ends up being called) will have more detailed content serving its huge map.
The same leaker also claims that the protagonist will start off as a simple trader but progress into becoming a trained Assassin. They also claim that Christian Templars will factor into the plot. Ragnarok will supposedly end the modern-day storyline that’s been cooking since Origins. Another huge surprise is that the game will include co-op and a return of Brotherhood’s recruitment system, which will work together.
The rumor claims that the game will touch upon Norse mythology, which does refute the earlier leaks about the game being based in Rome. As of right now, we have 3 possible titles for the next game – Legion, Vikings, and Ragnarok. Regardless of whatever it ends up being called, it’s certainly going to mark a huge shift in perspective for the franchise.
The game has been rumored to be in development for both current and next-gen consoles. Apparently, it will be revealed at February’s State of Play conference, so PlayStation might be the console partner for the franchises’ 2020 release. This is similar to Black Flag which had a cross-generation release. Since both the PS5 and the Xbox Scarlett will use SSD technology for storage, it seems obvious that the next game will be much larger in scope.
All of this certainly goes against the leaks that came earlier this year, which claimed that the next game will be set in Rome. While it’s still early to tell where exactly Ubisoft might be taking the franchise, it’ll all be revealed soon.