Leaks happen all the time, especially in an industry as big as gaming, but its rare that something this complete is revealed this early.
In a very neat exclusive, Kotakumanaged to not only find out the title and setting for the next Assassin's Creed game but also got eyes on with more than 7 minutes of near final footage from the next in the blockbuster series.
In November 2015 (maybe even on the 5th!) Assassin's Creed Victory will be released. It's set in Victorian London - that's the 1800's - and in a particularly vivid and dense evocation of the period, thanks to the latest iteration of the Anvil engine, as see in Unity.
There's plenty of detail on the Kotaku page about the 7 minute video itself, which seems to be some kind of product demo that's supposed to get across the feel of the game in brief slice. So there are mechanics at play which might not make the final game and its unlikely every scene will be this action packed.
Still it sounds intense, with fights atop carriages and trains and the ability to disguise yourself in a new costume while on the run. Naturally, you're out to kill a Templar and you head out to do so with some new tricks, like swinging around with a grappling hook. That could be a major new addition to the games, something more in line with Batman's constantly moving traversal.
That sounds like a lot of great ideas but we've already seen what iterating on the formula can do - with Unity getting the worst reviews for the series in years. Taking that criticism on board will be a must, but if Victory is already a couple of years into development it might be hard to change significant details.
The timing is a bit unfortunate - Ubisoft has two AC games out at retail that they'd rather focus their attention on, with one game still being frantically bug-fixed. But it could also be a blessing, looking forward at a genuinely gorgeous looking new addition to the franchise and a setting people have long been curious about.
Ubi released a statement, expressing their disappointment that the asset leaked so early, after years of work by the teams involved before finishing up on an important note: "we're excited to officially unveil what the studio has been working on at a later date. In the meantime, our number one priority is enhancing the experience of Assassin's Creed Unity for players."
Assassin's Creed Victory will apparently only be coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC - with no second AC title planned - in 2015.