Ubisoft confirmed that there will be no new Assassin's Creed game in 2019, taking a break after Assassin's Creedy Odyssey comes out later this year.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot was at Gamescom this year to confirm the hiatus. "On Assassin's, we had a game [in 2017] and we have one this year, but we are not going to have a full-fledged Assassin's next year," Guillemot told GameSpot. "It's just because the team were working separately, so we have two games now, one year after the other. But next year you're not going to have a fully-fledged one."
Assassin's Creed is one of the biggest games in the Ubisoft stable and has been a mostly yearly franchise since Assassin's Creed 2 in 2009. Since then there has been a full Assassin's Creed game almost every year (there was a break in 2016 as well).
While some expected Assassin's Creed to take a break after Origins, Guillemot explained Odyssey's 2018 release as more of a byproduct of the fact that Origins and Odyssey were being worked on at the same time by two separate teams.
Guillemot says that instead of a sequel next year, Ubisoft is doubling down on regular post-launch content for Odyssey. "What you'll have is lots of content coming on [Odyssey]. The team really want to give, on a regular basis, some new possibilities for play, so when you get [Odyssey] this year, you're going to get in for a couple of years, actually."
Post-launch content has been a boon for Ubisoft, particularly in games like Rainbow Six Siege. At various times, Guillemot has stressed that Ubisoft will be investing more in post-launch content to keep gamers engaged with a single title for longer.
Considering that from what we've seen so far of Assassin's Creed Odyssey and how the game is venturing into heavy RPG fantasy territory, we imagine there's a lot of Greek history and myth Odyssey can mine for post-launch content.
For more check out our Assassin's Creed Odyssey guide for the latest previews, news, and trailers. Assassin's Creed Odyssey is coming out on October 5 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.