Ubisoft have announced that there won't be a new Assassin's Creed this year, as they are "reexamining" the franchise in the wake of Assassin's Creed Unity's problem-riddled launch.
In a statement shared on UbiBlog, the publisher had this to say:
This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world 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.
The launch of Assassin's Creed Unity in 2014 was marred by widespread technical issues, promoting many to question if an annual release schedule was in the series' best interest. Last year's Assassin's Creed Syndicate (which would have already been in development when Unity launched) fared better; not only was it more technically stable, but it was widely praised for cutting a lot of bloat and focusing on the core Assassin's Creed experience, as well as introducing more interesting protagonists in Evie and Jacob Frye.
Ubisoft have also confirmed in an earnings release that a sequel to Watch Dogs would be out within the next financial year (April 2016 to March 2017), as will be the previously-announced For Honor, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Additionally, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot teased "a new high-potential AAA brand with strong digital live services," also due out in the 2016-17 fiscal year.