But that disappearance was no accident -- apparently the concept for AC: LL is what formed the foundation for this holiday's big AC release, Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Eventually, the 3DS project was dropped in favor of a console release for the final installment in Ezio's assassination hat trick. AC: R lead writer Darby McDevitt explained as much to me during an interview this afternoon. "You may have heard of the game 'Lost Legacy' for the 3DS. It was announced, but that kind of morphed into this idea," he said.
While that doesn't mean we'll never see an AC title on Nintendo's latest handheld, it does mean that Lost Legacy is no longer on the cards. And if an AC game does end up on the 3DS, it won't look much like what Ubisoft had planned for Lost Legacy, it seems. "The story that was announced about Lost Legacy was that Ezio goes to Masyaf and investigates the holy land," McDevitt laughed, inferring that the story for AC: LL was more or less directly parallel with AC: R.
Update: Ubisoft has since officially confirmed that Lost Legacy is canceled with IGN. CFO Alain Martinez explained, ""[The cancellation] was a decision made back in September 2010. It wasn't due to anything that took place. We felt the [Nintendo 3DS] already had a number of hardcore games for its release."
And it certainly doesn't hurt that Ubisoft has other outlets for story, such as the excellent "The Fall" comic series, which follows two previously unknown assassins during both modern times and the Russian Revolution. "The advantage with 'The Fall' is that it got to jump back and forth between the past and the present much more frequently," I was told. "So it's like half and half, or there's even more present-day stuff than the past -- it's probably 60/40. But the big draw for the actual games is to go and play in the historical period."
Additionally, according to McDevitt, the comic side project "was really well-received," and will be playing "a role in the larger picture." When I pushed on the subject of what that role might be, McDevitt laughingly rebuffed me, and pointed out that he couldn't reveal all his cards too soon. He remained similarly tight-lipped about the barely announced Wii U Assassin's Creed title. "I'll probably learn about that from reading Joystiq," he added. Oh go on, Darby! Flattery will get you everywhere!