Ubisoft's CEO reveals that a new Assassin's Creed game is in the works and that it will feature a new hero, a new time period, and may launch before April 2014. This spawned a variety of rumors include a possible pirate-theme for the game and other speculations.
The Assassin's Creed franchise has been a hallmark series for Ubisoft, and has garnered a substantial amount of acclaim throughout the gaming world. The games are well-known for their signature adventures throughout distinct historical time periods, and according to Ubisoft's CEO, the series is far from over.
Yves Guillemot reveals that the next title in the series will continue with an "all-new Assassin's Creed hero, within an all new team and time period" and that the new game will be "another major leap forward for the franchise".
Below you can find Guillemot's full statement:
“We are delighted and proud to announce today that in financial year ’14, we will introduce an all-new Assassin’s Creed hero, within an all new team and time period, and we expect it to be another major leap forward for the franchise. It is the benefit of multiple teams working on multiple chapters of the product, each getting several years to make their versions of an Assassin’s Creed game.”
Since Guillemot reveals that a new protagonist will be featured in the next game, Desmond's story may be over, but the series is still ripe with interesting story arcs and plots. Whether or not we will see Desmond again remains unconfirmed–perhaps Guillemot meant that a new assassin will be featured rather than an all-new character.
There's always the possibility of a prequel, perhaps one that chronicles the earlier years of the Templar/Assassin war.
Guillemot continues on the subject of the merits of bringing in a new dev team to work on the game:
"It is the benefit of multiple teams working on multiple chapters of the product, each getting several years to make their versions of an Assassin's Creed game."
The next Assassin's Creed title is believed to come sometime before April 2014. Guillemot hasn't specified whether or not it will be released on current or next-gen consoles, and has yet to unveil which dev team is working on the new game.
It will be interesting to see which time period that the new game utilizes, as the series is famous for its dazzling recreations of historical environments. Perhaps the new game will take place in ancient Rome and tell the story of Aquilus, whose adventures are chronicled in the Assassin's Creed graphic novels.
There have also been rumors that speculate on a pirate theme for the new Assassin's Creed game. Ubisoft already has a lot of practice under its belt with the ship-to-ship combat in Assassin's Creed III, allowing players to sink enemy ships with a barrage cannon fire and sail across the high seas.
Guillemot assures that more information on the new Assassin's Creed title is coming son, and we may here more during this year's E3 event in June.
For now, players can take part in an alternate universe that parallels Assassin's Creed III with the latest DLC pack The Tyranny of King Washington, whose first episode is coming to consoles and PC on Feb. 19 for $9.99 (800 MSP).