Did Ubisoft just accidentally confirm Assassin’s Creed 4 remake?

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A secret Assassin’s Creed project is in the works and all signs point to a remake of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.

Assassin’s Creed has been on stormy seas lately. After embarking on increasingly epic stories and leaning into RPG elements, Assassin’s Creed took a grassroots approach with Assassin’s Creed Mirage. The game is notable for being developed by a support studio, Ubisoft Bordeaux, as opposed to one of Ubisoft’s bigger teams. Assassin’s Creed Mirage was supposed to be an expansion of Valhalla, but it quickly became apparent it had to stand on its own.

Despite being regarded as generally solid, the fact that it was an expansion also meant it wasn’t as big as the last few Assassin’s Creed entries. Recently, news has been circulating that Ubisoft is going even farther down the franchise’s roots in the coming installments.

Is there an Assassin’s Creed 4 remake coming? 

A remake of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is reportedly in development.

The project was initially reported by Kotaku in June 2023, but the remake of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag was in the earliest stages of development at Ubisoft Singapore with their sources saying it wouldn’t be ready “for at least a few years.” The development was separate from the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Codename Red, a new mainline installment set in Japan. Ubisoft has not officially confirmed the development of any Assassin’s Creed remakes.

However, the LinkedIn pages of several staff members from Ubisoft Singapore seemingly corroborate Kotaku’s report. The individuals updated their job descriptions to state that they were working on an “unannounced Assassin’s Creed Project.” The studio is responsible for many of the innovations in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, such as the naval battles that debuted in Assassin’s Creed 3.

This isn’t the first time that LinkedIn has been the source of game leaks, with major reveals on subjects like the next Naughty Dog title coming out in this way. In fact, it’s not the first time Ubisoft staff has leaked things on Assassin’s Creed on LinkedIn as a release window for Assassin’s Creed Codename Red came via a call for job applications.

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Assassin’s Creed Codename Red

It is also the lead studio on the upcoming pirate video game Skull and Bones. The swashbuckling simulator has unfortunately been the victim of a long and troubled development cycle. However, Skull and Bones is set for a February 2024 release, which may open up the studio’s schedule for a Black Flag remake.

Will there be other Assassin’s Creed remakes? 

There is no official confirmation or credible reportage of any Assassin’s Creed remakes outside Assassin’s Creed 4.

A remake of Assassin’s Creed 4 may seem odd to most fans. After all, classic titles such as the Ezio Trilogy theoretically benefit more from a remake. However, the choice to go with Black Flag is pretty obvious when one looks at its critical reception. 

With recent installments in the series being regarded as samey by critics and fans, Assassin’s Creed 4 is one of the highest-rated games in the series and is held among the most innovative. With enthusiasm regarding the series lower than it was compared with its first few entries, a remake of one of the most beloved alongside the long-awaited trip to Japan in Assassin’s Creed Codename Red could reinvigorate interest in the series.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

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