Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy seemed to slip between the cracks and disappear over the past year. First revealed during Nintendo's big E3 2010 coming out party for the 3DS, little was known of the title other than its premise: "Driven by curiosity and a desire to understand the origins of his Order, Ezio Auditore travels East in search of the lost castle at Masyaf, the ancient seat of the Assassins."
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."