Ubisoft will not release a new entry in the main Assassin's Creed series this year.

In a blog post, the studio says it is "stepping back and re-examining the Assassin's Creed franchise."

"We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground."

There has been at least one entry in the open-world adventure series every year since 2009, when Assassin's Creed II kicked off the franchise's annual release schedule.

Several Assassin's releases have brought the series' annualisation under criticism for stymieing innovation – or in the case of 2014's Assassin's Creed: Unity, producing unpolished output.

As for the next title, rumours (published by Kotaku) have suggested that the game will be made by the Black Flag team under the working title Empire, will be set in ancient Egypt, and will aim for "a Witcher feel, with player progression [and] freeform combat system."

Ancient Greece and Rome are also allegedly being considered for entries, potentially starring the same protagonist.

Technically, the recent release of Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia and India count as 2016 Assassin's games, but those games are not part of the main story.

The one major Assassin's Creed release that is confirmed for 2016 is a movie adaptation, starring Michael Fassbender and releasing December 21st.