The success of competitive digital card battle games like Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed at Ubisoft. The French publisher announced yesterday via the Ubisoft Blog that they will be  bringing their own take on the genre to a new card game based on their super-popular Assassin’s Creed franchise.

They didn’t say anything about a firm release date, just that the game will be “available soon” for iOS and entirely free-to-play. No further information on how the game would make money was given.

Ubisoft promised the new game would combine card battles, role-playing and strategy and make use of famous locales and various eras known from the Assassin’s Creed series.

There will be “a rich single-player experience” to enjoy on your own, but multiplayer apparently plays a big part, too: players will get the chance to create their own guilds, recruit famous allies, defeat other players and take part in huge 20 versus 20 battles.

That last bit sounds rather intriguing as it begs the question “How do 40 players take part in a single card-battle game?”

To whet gamers’ appetites, Ubisoft released a 50-minute sneak peek:

And to keep up to date with goings-on in the Memories universe, you can also like the game on Facebook.

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