Considering Ubisoft’s desire to beat the Assassin’s Creed IP with a club labelled “Annualised Releases”, the announcement of another game in the series isn’t really a surprise. What is a bit of a surprise is that the next game, which is expected during fiscal year 2014 (01 April 2013 to 31 March 2014), will feature a new lead character and a new historical setting.
This was revealed by Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot during yesterday’s investor call. Guillemot also promised that the next game would be a big leap forward in terms of the franchise, which is exactly what was said of Assassin’s Creed III prior to its release.
Previous Assassin’s Creed titles Brotherhood and Revelations were both continuations of Assassin’s Creed II. It was speculated that Ubisoft would do something similar with Assassin’s Creed III, which is to say release continuations of Connor’s story through further, subtitled and annualised releases.
Ubisoft probably took one look at their sales figures for Assassin’s Creed III and realised that new protagonists and new settings significantly boost sales. Previous entries Brotherhood and Revelations shipped 8 million and 7 million copies respectively. It has since been revealed that Assassin’s Creed III has sold 12 million copies (physical and digital sales combined) worldwide.
The next game in the series is being developed by a new development team.
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