While this isn’t a formal cancellation, it’s certainly a bad sign for the game formally known as Assassin’s Creed: Lost Legacy. According to this recent interview with Joystiq, “You may have heard of the game ‘Lost Legacy‘ for the 3DS. It was announced, but that kind of morphed into this idea,” referring to upcoming PS3/360 title Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. That doesn’t mean that Assassin’s Creed won’t make it to the 3DS at some point.
This isn’t the first 3DS game to be subtly canceled without much fanfare. It wasn’t that long ago that the formally announced Saint’s Row title for the 3DS evaporated into thin air before our eyes. I’m also worried about Mega Man Legends 3, and the various 3DS games that have seen abrupt delays of late. You have to wonder if these changes to the 3DS’s line up has to do with the fact that the 3DS continues to under-perform, at least compared to Nintendo’s other consoles. According to the latest numbers from Nintendo, the 3DS sold 143,000 units in June, while the DS family of consoles sold 386,000 units, nearly twice that of the 3DS. Great numbers all around, but if the DS is currently growing faster than the 3DS, you can’t blame developers from shifting development away for the 3DS to consoles with larger install bases (like the Wii, DS, PSP, PS3, or 360).