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Ubisoft Plans New Assassin’s Creed Game to Help Fill Its Schedule

The Assassin's Creed Symphony performs on stage at the Ubisoft E3 press conference in Los Angeles in 2019. 

The Assassin's Creed Symphony performs on stage at the Ubisoft E3 press conference in Los Angeles in 2019. 

Photographer: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Ubisoft Entertainment SA has turned an Assassin’s Creed expansion into a stand-alone game to help fill out its thin release schedule, according to people familiar with the project.

The game, code-named Rift, was originally planned as an expansion for 2020’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla but morphed into a full game late last year, said the people, speaking anonymously because they weren’t authorized to talk to the media. It will star Basim, a popular assassin character from Valhalla, and will be smaller in scope than recent games in the series, the people said. The game won’t be a massive open-world role-playing game like previous recent entries, focusing instead more on stealth gameplay, and is planned for later this year or 2023.