Probably  not.

Recently, the trailer for this year’s release in the Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, was leaked. Shortly after that, a mysterious image has appeared on AllGamesBeta showing a vague locale with the title ‘Assassin’s Creed: Rising Phoenix’. No official statement regarding the validity of the image has been issued yet.

With Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation selling well (600,000 units) for a Vita  game, much talk has been going round suggesting that this is the next Vita instalment in the series. However, there are some things that suggest otherwise; and it might not be a game at all.

  • Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation was numbered as to make clear that it ties in with the console game and has the same background. Assassin’s Creed: Rising Phoenix does not contain a number.
  • Assuming the next Assassin’s Creed game for the Vita would be a spin-off, the name ‘Rising Phoenix’ does not seem to be connected to the pirate theme of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.
  • The picture says (in the bottom-left corner) that it belongs to Ubisoft Digital Arts, which is Ubisoft’s ‘cinema creation studio’. Books and movies based on the Assassin’s Creed series have been released before, so if this project were to be real it would not be strange if it were to be a movie. People have suggest the image concerns the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie (starring Michael Fassbender), however, since the background image looks to be computer generated and Ubisoft Digital Arts produces digital works, this rumour is also unlikely.

It is also interesting to note that the logo next to the title belongs to the Erudito Collective,  a group which opposes the antagonist party Abstergo Industries in the Assassin’s Creed game.

I’m still crossing my fingers for another Assassin’s Creed game for the Vita, since Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation was an enjoyable game and I’d love to see more.