3DS Assassin’s Creed effectively killed

Over a year after its announcement at E3 2010, the 3DS-bound Assassin’s Creed: Lost Legacy has lived up to its name and been cancelled altogether. Although little was known about the title, the story of Lost Legacy would’ve had current star assassin Ezio Auditore searching for “the ancient seat of the Assassins,” a lost castle in the East, at Masyaf.

The reason for Lost Legacy‘s canning seems to have been because of that story arc. Initially planned to run parallel to this year’s Assassin’s Creed Revelations, the premise of Lost Legacy has now been altered and incorporated into Revelations instead, rendering the 3DS title pointless.

“You may have heard of the game ‘Lost Legacy‘ for the 3DS. It was announced, but that kind of morphed into this idea,” said Revelations’ lead writer Darby McDevitt. “The story that was announced about Lost Legacy was that Ezio goes to Masyaf and investigates the holy land.”

Explained McDevitt, “we do a lot of thinking ahead of time on big arcs, like knowing where Ezio is going, knowing where Desmond is going, knowing where Altair is going. The major beats of all our characters’ stories are planned well in advance, so we don’t get Lost-itis where we’re opening up more than we could possibly close off.”

Pulling the plug on one Assassin’s Creed game doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t ever be one on Nintendo’s glasses-free 3D portable. But with Revelations coming out this November, we wouldn’t bet on a new game in the series coming out anytime soon, regardless of platform. At least, not until next year.