Might want to restock on salt for all of these leaks hitting this past week. Get your next grains ready because here we go!

We might have our first look at the next Assassin’s Creed game, codenamed “Empire.” The screenshot has graced and NeoGAF and people are already tearing it apart trying to figure out exactly what it could be.

Though neither post has any reputable proof and we only have one source to believe at the time, but it’s still fun to speculate.

As seen in the pictures, if you squint your eyes enough, it looks as if the Assassin’s insignia is featured on the shield. The inclusion of a shield is neat because in all my time playing through the Assassin’s Creed franchise I can’t recall using, let alone seeing, a shield once. And the setting seen in the picture appears to lend itself to the rumour that the game will take place in Eygpt.

Of course, this isn’t the first “leak” we’ve seen or heard of for the next Assassin’s Creed title. Empire has been discussed at length in message boards as far back as November of last year and the buzz began of what the next game would even look like when Ubisoft announced they we’re skipping a 2016 release for the franchise completely.

If you want to trace this leak further back, you could find yourself in 2013 when we saw a trailer for Ubisoft’s project, Osiris. Osiris also featured an Egyptian-like setting and had this screen shot attached to it (below). People began to think Osiris could also be the next Prince of Persia title based on the setting and some motion capture footage.

Does any of this confirm that the first picture above is, in fact, the next Assassin’s Creed game? No, sadly. But let’s take the leak one step further and link it to an Ubisoft game that already exists. Ubisoft loves connecting their games and maintaining that most of them take place in the same universe. If you remember in Watch Dogs 2, there was a side mission that features Assassin’s Creed titles:

“Can you assure me [the trailer won’t be leaked]? After what happened with Unity, Syndicate, Osiris-” A quote pulled from two Ubisoft employees in the game during a phone call.

Unity and Syndicate being past Assassin’s Creed games, the inclusion of Osiris could imply that it’s the next title. Or it could be a complete work of fiction.

So could this be Empire/Osiris? Maybe. Could this be a new Prince of Persia game? Less likely, but I wouldn’t be surprised if one is being worked on. Is there any legitimacy to these leaks? I’ll say possibly. We’re a few months out of E3 so we’re bound to see more leaks like this in the next few weeks and we know that Ubisoft is working on an Assassin’s Creed title. Only time will tell.

If anything, let’s just hope it doesn’t turn out like this. Sheesh.

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