Ubisoft may be keeping the next Assassin's Creed under wraps, but that hasn't stopped leakers from revealing some juicy details about the game. Some time ago, leaks alleged that the 2020 installment of the series will be taking place in viking times. Now, a new supposed leak is strengthening that claim with screenshots and gameplay details. Meet Assassin's Creed Ragnarok, or at least a convincing leak pretending to be.
A thread on Resetera brings the leak (apparently from 4chan), complete with screenshots of what looks to be an alpha build of the game. As always, we must caution against completely buying into the leak. Forum posts are always dicey, and 4chan is as unpredictable as they come.
The screenshots show what appear to be a viking settlement, as well evidence of the climbing and sailing that has now become indicative of Assassin's Creed gameplay.
The actual text of the leak is a bullet point list of supposed features of the game. If it is to be believed, AC: Ragnarok will launch in 2020 as a cross platform game. The map will focus on several "kingdoms" along the sea, consisting of Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. These kingdoms can be conquered via the Conquest battles introduced in Odyssey.
Despite this scale, or perhaps because of it, Ragnarok will supposedly focus more on exploration. The developers apparently want players to seek out the smaller settlements that dot these kingdoms. To facilitate this, players will be able to change outfits immediately, allowing them to blend in with the various citizens of the different kingdoms and avoid building notoriety. Also, map icons will be toned down to make exploration "like Breath of the Wild" where players constantly wander in search of loot.
While this does all sound like a a believable direction to push Assassin's Creed towards, what with the success of Odyssey, many of the forum replies are skeptical. Particularly due to the screenshot above. One user compared it to assets anyone can buy from Unity. This setting, they claim, looks exactly like the one in the "leak" screenshot.
They allege that this proves the leak is fake, because anyone can just buy this Unity asset, plug some characters in, take a blurry picture, and pass it off as a "leak."
We here at TheGamer have no sources to verify the validity of this leak, but we do find it interesting nonetheless. Again, Assassin's Creed Odyssey got a lot of praise for certain gameplay elements, so it makes sense that Ubisoft would prioritize a setting that allows those elements to continue. Even though we all just want some darned ninjas.