The next Assassin’s Creed will feature a new setting and character

Assassins-Creed-3

So long, American Revolution. Thanks for all the freedom and stuff. Amid all the doom surrounding the gaming industry after a constant drum beat of lowered revenues, companies driven out of business, and a general uncertainty regarding the future of games, Ubisoft offered a ray of sunshine as well as some interesting news.

During its Q3 earnings call yesterday, the French publisher and developer announced that it has posted gains of 27.2 percent over this time last year, buoyed by the success of Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed III, and healthy online sales.

Far Cry 3 went on to sell 4.5 million copies worldwide, making it a bona fide hit. However, these numbers were nothing compared to Assassin’s Creed III, which sold 12 million copies around the globe – a 60-percent increase over Revelations. Online sales were also up an incredible 143 percent to more than $87 million.

Things are looking sunny for Ubisoft after posting losses for the first half of its fiscal year that ran from April through September. Despite increasing its revenue during that period compared to the same time from the year before, operating costs exceeded sales. But Ubisoft knew it would bounce back big in Q3 thanks to several major releases, and so it has. Along with the general crowing of how well the company is doing, Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot also briefly discussed the future of the Assassin’s Creed series.

In what should come as a surprise to no one, there will be a new Assassin’s Creed game released in Ubisoft’s Fiscal year 2014, which runs from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. That’s in keeping with the strategy of releasing annual Assassin’s Creed games on console (Assassin’s Creed II was released in 2010). If you count handheld devices, there has been an annual release since the series first debuted in 2007.

There was no word on a specific release date, although the franchise has perpetually aimed for late October or November. Also missing from Guillemot’s announcements was what consoles the next iteration might be released. With the new Xbox and PS4 both possibly coming out around Thanksgiving, it could mean that the next Assassin’s Creed game will be a launch title for the next gen consoles, or at least a next-gen port would seem likely.

What was more interesting though, is the reveal that the next game will feature a new protagonist, and be set during a new time period.

“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,” Guillemot said. “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 an annual release is due this year, it seems surprising that Ubisoft wouldn’t take the easier road and release a second game built off the work done on Assassin’s Creed III the way it had in the past. The two direct sequels to Assassin’s Creed II sold very well – although not nearly as well as Assassin’s Creed III.

So let the guessing begin! Recently a story broke that the Assassin’s Creed series was intended to be co-op from the start of the franchise, so that may influence the next game which will presumably be called “Assassin’s Creed IV.”

The most common rumor at the moment is that the next outing will be set partially in Brazil. That led to further speculation that the game will take place in the 19th century during a time of revolution in South America, and feature historical figures from that period including Simon Bolivar (Bolivar was active in the early 1800s and returned to Venezuela from Europe in 1807). That could mean that an older Connor will return and the new hero Guillemot is referring to, is a new present day assassin to replace Desmond. If so, the title will likely not be Assassin’s Creed IV but rather just Assassin’s Creed with a subtitle as is the case with Brotherhood and Revelations.

Corey May, lead writer for the Assassin’s Creed III, said he would like to see a game set in Colonial India, Victorian England, or Revolutionary Russia. The animated short Embers featured a Chinese assassin, and hints of a Feudal Japanese assassin have gained some traction.

We won’t know for a while who the assassin is or what time period they will be active in, but for now, it’s fun to guess. Sound off below and let us know where you’d like to see an Assassin’s Creed game set.

Gaming

Break out the Wii: ‘Just Dance’ movie reportedly in the works

Sony's Screen Gems has reportedly acquired the film rights to the Just Dance video game series from Ubisoft, which previously helped bring the game Assassin's Creed to the big screen in 2016.
Movies & TV

Here's everything we know about 'John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum'

John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum, the third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Movies & TV

Colder and bloodier, Game of Thrones season 8 has a premiere date

A new teaser trailer for season 8 of HBO's hit series Game of Thrones reveals the official premiere date for the final story arc in the award-winning series based on George RR Martin's popular novels.
Smart Home

PicoBrew launches professional-grade brewing appliances, new distiller at CES

PicoBrew has been a leader in the home brewing industry for years, but at CES 2019 the company went pro with the Z Series, a new line of professional-grade brewing appliances aimed at craft breweries and restaurants.
Gaming

Console wars are so last-gen. Check out all the games that support crossplay

Crossplay is still in its infancy, but a growing number of games support online multiplayer between competing platforms. Here's a list of all games that support console crossplay.
Gaming

Want to trick out your PlayStation 4? These themes will get you started

Personalize your gaming experience with some of our favorite themes for the PlayStation 4, including free, paid, static, and dynamic options.
Gaming

‘Mortal Kombat 11’ is even gorier and crazier than we expected

NetherRealm Studios unveiled Mortal Kombat 11 on January 17 and the game looks to be just as gory and over the top as fans have come to expect. Former MMA fighter Ronda Rousey will appear as Sonya Blade.
Gaming

Play your games whenever you want with a MicroSD card for your Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch uses cartridge-based games, but its internal storage may fill up quicker than you would think. Here's what you should consider when picking out a MicroSD card to expand your Switch's storage capacity.
Gaming

Get your pilot skills up to snuff for this week's 'Fortnite' challenge guide

The Fortnite season 7, week 7 challenges are now available. The major challenge this week requires you to visit all the Fortnite expedition outposts in the game and we walk you through how to get to each.
Gaming

Get extra life with our tips and tricks for 'New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe'

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a much more difficult game than you'd believe based on its adorable art style and 2D perspective. Here's how you can master the game's toughest challenges.
Gaming

Find all of the secret exits and world skips in 'New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe'

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe has two distinct Mario experiences in one package. In this guide, we'll show you how to find all of the secret exits in New Super Mario Bros. U, that lead to hidden levels and let you skip worlds.
Gaming

Find all of the secret exits and world skips in 'New Super Luigi U Deluxe'

Just like all other 2D Mario games, New Super Mario Bros. Deluxe includes secret exits and world skips. In this guide, we'll show you how to get to all 12 secret exits in New Super Luigi U.
Gaming

For Netflix, ‘Fortnite’ on YouTube is a bigger threat than HBO

In a letter to shareholders, Netflix explained that it views the video game Fortnite as bigger competition than HBO, with YouTube videos of the game drawing viewers away from the streaming platform.
Gaming

Take a trip to a new virtual world with one of these awesome HTC Vive games

So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 25 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.