Sources suggest that the next "Assassin's Creed" will be huge in scope, comparable to emblematic open-world adventure "Skyrim," while speculation links the next "Far Cry" to a Wild West setting ahead of the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.
The time-travelling, historical fiction franchise "Assassin's Creed" took a year off in 2016, just as the multi-million dollar Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard film tie-in arrived in cinemas, but is expected to return in due course, with an ancient Egyptian setting as its backdrop.
According to sources speaking with Comicbook.com offshoot WWG, fall 2017's "Assassin's Creed Origins" will be "huge" in scope, comparable to 2011's expansive "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim."
Player and character freedom, a less linear storyline, greater exploration, and a geographic range that extends perhaps even as far as Greece were all suggested, with naval combat returning from "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag" (2013) and "Assassin's Creed: Rogue" (2014.)
There is also conjecture that its time periods could go beyond ancient Egypt and include an unnamed Asian country and World War II-era France.
As for the "Far Cry" franchise, which in recent outings has visited the Indian Ocean, the Himalayas and, diverging from its usual modern-day setting, prehistoric Europe, a Wild West backdrop could be on the cards.
Speculation is far less assured and is partially based on the presence of a film crew in Montana, shooting a live action commercial for a September 2017 "sequel to a global franchise." The producer speaking to Montana's Great Falls Tribune had previously worked with Ubisoft on numerous occasions.
Furthermore, a 2014 survey had asked "Far Cry 4" players whether they would enjoy a "Spaghetti Western style" sequel set "in the late 19th Century."
However, a late 2017 Wild West "Far Cry" would have two obstacles in its way.
Firstly, there's the existence of a similar though less well-known Ubisoft series "Call of Juarez" -- perhaps that's the "global franchise" with a Wild West setting.
Far more challenging is the fact that "Grand Theft Auto" behemoth Rockstar Games has its own very highly anticipated Wild West sequel, "Red Dead Redemption 2," already announced for late 2017.
Given the fate that befell 2016's critically acclaimed but commercially underperforming "Titanfall 2," squeezed by the similar "Battlefield 1" and "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare," competing publishers may wish to avoid a repeat with any Wild West games in the pipeline.
Pending further confirmation, Ubisoft is expected to preview its game releases for the coming months and years on June 12 at E3 2017.