Earlier today, a picture was posted on Reddit by now-deleted user Shoutouttoashraf, claiming to be an off-screen photo of the next Assassin's Creed.
The image shows a character piloting a small boat, with the highlighted mission being to "Assassinate the Crocodile" at a place called Khenut's villa. Khenut was a Queen of Egypt in the fifth dynasty, putting the game somewhere between 2375 and 2345 BC. The "Crocodile" in question is likely a named person.
The screenshot seems to have the same character as another another image (shown below) leaked on Reddit earlier this year. The user's name is likely a reference to Ashraf Ismail, the creative director of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, who would be working on this game if my mental timeline is right.
The user offered up a few details about the game in their post before they deleted their account. The game apparently has a story that takes place in various times, though the overall setting remains the same. There will be a modern day aspect of the game, unlike Assassin's Creed Syndicate, which ditched the modern day completely.
Last week, WWG reported that the next game in the series would be called Assassin's Creed: Origins. Like Kotaku's previous rumors, the game would be taking place in Egypt, with a story revolving around male and female characters and the establishment of the original Assassin's Guild. The structure of the game is intended to be less linear and much larger than past games. The rumors also pointed to naval combat returning and travel taking the player from Egypt to as far as Greece
I knew about both that rumor and the above leak, but I did not know the track record of the reporter and leaks can be faked. However, Eurogamer reports that it has confirmed the veracity of the image and the rumor. Assassin's Creed: Origins will be coming out this year for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
It's likely that we'll see more about the next Assassin's Creed ahead of E3 2017, with a playable version at the show itself.