Report: AC Valhalla expansion turned into a standalone game

According to a new report from Jason Schreier of Bloomberg, Ubisoft plans to launch a smaller Assassin’s Creed game with the popular Valhalla character Basim Ibn Ishaq. The unannounced title, codenamed Rift, was originally intended as a Valhalla expansion, but was later turned into a standalone game. Contrary to recent entries, it won’t be a massive open-world title and will instead focus more on stealth like the original Assassin’s Creed games. Schreier’s report was supported by Eurogamer, who claims to have heard that Ubisoft planned to set up Rift in Baghdad, Iraq, but those plans could have changed over the course of development.

When is Assassin’s Creed Rift coming out?

Schreier claims that Ubisoft plans to release Rift sometime later this year or in 2023. The developer is reportedly struggling with game development and has a thin release schedule, using Rift as a filler before the ambitious online service game Infinity comes out. Over the past two years, Ubisoft has come under intense scrutiny after allegations of widespread workplace misconduct emerged, leading to numerous developers quitting or being fired. Multiple Assassin’s Creed expansions have reportedly been “shaked up” or canned, Skull & Bones isn’t close to release, and Beyond Good & Evil 2 is in development on its own.

Advice: If Rift is anything like the original AC games, welcome it

Zamena writes… A smaller, stealth-focused Assassin’s Creed game where you don’t get lost in a huge open world and take hundreds of hours of your time? Yes please! As a big fan of the original AC games, I love the sound of Rift. Basim is a compelling character and the rumors about Baghdad sound intriguing. I’ve always longed for a remaster of AC 1 with trophies, but Basim will do it instead of Altair.

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