There have been a number of gaffs teasing a new character in the next Assassin's Creed game in the past month. First, a screenshot was leaked that depicted the next protagonist, albeit in poor resolution. And now, an image surfaced on the net of a t-shirt showing the same character, this time, far more clearly. The character's name is apparently Ba-Yek, and where he comes from is, at first glance, uncertain. He wears the traditional Assassin's garb, and carries a bow and a small shield.
The photo came from a Facebook fan page, called Le Verita dell'Animus, and was then shared on Reddit where it was picked up by the media. It is still unclear where the photo came from or who took the shot. Above the name of Ba-Yek, which is printed on the t-shirt in the image, is a series of small images that may be hieroglyphics. If that is the case, then it could be that Ba-Yek, this potential protagonist, is Egyptian. In terms of the time or era the character exists in, given the archaic look of the bow and the shield, it is possibly from Ancient, Biblical era of Egypt. Furthermore, the background image shows an Egyptian-esque print of some kind of insect with wings - potentially a scarab.
The only response Ubisoft has given regarding the leaked image was from a director on Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, Ashraf Ismail, who tweeted "nice t-shirt" on Twitter. He currently calls himself the "director of an unnamed project" and the speculation is that he may be working on the new Assassins Creed. That would make sense, since he is playing this close to the chest - neither confirming nor denying its veracity.
Ubisoft has announced the developing of a new Assassin's Creed and that it will premiere at the end of the fiscal year, meaning March 2018. The only teaser that currently exists uses the tagline "A New Era Begins." The news alongside with the image reveal suggests that the game will be called Assassin's Creed: Origins, which would corroborate with the theory that it takes place in Ancient Egypt. If that's the case, then it may mean that the origins of the Templar and the Assassins are found there, including the source of their conflict. Only time will tell.