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Next Assassin's Creed won't take place in the samurai age

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The next installment of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed franchise won't be set at the end of the samurai-era in Japan, managing director Jade Raymond told Adweek.

Rumors about a game set in feudal Japan began to circulate in 2011, after Ubisoft released a survey polling players on which age they'd like to see next. Featured locations included Japan, ancient Egypt, medieval China, the Russian Revolution and Victorian England. In 2012, however, series creative director Alex Hutchinson listed feudal Japan as one of the worst three settings for a game in the franchise, along with World War 2 and ancient Egypt.

Raymond had no further details to share on the game's new setting, other than it would take place in her favorite historical era. The most recent installment, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag launched last year. The game took place in the Caribbean during the 18th century, also known as the Golden Age of Piracy.

Raymond also reinforced a spring release for Watch Dogs, which was delayed last year. Like Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell, a feature film is in production.

"When we're building a franchise, we're thinking of a whole universe and how we're developing a meta-story that could live on for many years in games and TV," Raymond told Adweek. "If the story has nowhere to go, then you end up with the video game equivalent of The Matrix 2 or something where it's never going to be quite as genius."