Looks like it’s about time for a new Assassin’s Creed game. According to a tweet by MCV, Ubisoft is going to hold an event on February 27. The interesting thing is that the event is said to be centred around the Assassin’s Creed franchise. The most probable outcome of the event is bound to be the announcement of a new Assassin’s Creed game, as Ubisoft has an annual cycle with the series.
It could be interesting to speculate on what the next Assassin’s Creed game may be about. Previous games have been about Desmond and his ancestry, but with the definitive end of his story in Assassin’s Creed III, one has to wonder if Ubisoft will still stick to the Animus plot device, or whether the company will ditch all pretense and keep the game set in some time during history without any science-fiction elements.
Considering that the event is a whole week after Sony’s imminent PlayStation event, one could also speculate that Ubisoft will be unveiling a new Assassin’s Creed game for the next-gen PlayStation. This could also mean that the PlayStation 4 will come out in October or November, as those are the months when Assassin’s Creed games are generally released every year.
May be announced this month
Recently, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told investors that the company is working on a new installment in the Assassin’s Creed series, and it will feature a new protagonist in a new setting. Guillemot made the announcement during an earnings call presentation where he also noted that the last iteration of the game, Assassin's Creed III, has sold 12 million units worldwide. Gaming analysts expect that the new game will be announced at the coming E3 video game expo in Los Angeles this June.
Back in January, the company had released a new DLC for the multiplayer component of Assassin's Creed III. The DLC, titled the Battle Hardened Pack, was included as part of the Assassin's Creed III Season Pass. The pack included new characters such as the Governor, the Highlander and the Coyote Man, and it also featured new maps of Charlestown, Fort St-Mathieu and Saint Pierre. Along with these, there were new achievements and trophies for those who have explored the main game to its fullest.
Late last year, Ubisoft had revealed that Assassin's Creed III is the fastest selling game in the company's history. According to the company, in solo missions alone, players have accumulated more than 82 centuries of gaming time and committed more than 3 billion assassinations.
The Assassin’s Creed series deals with a secret war between Assassins and Templars that has gone on for millennia. The Assassins are fighting to preserve the free will of people while the Templars seek to control the masses. The first game was set during the Holy Crusades in Jerusalem and had protagonist Altaïr ibn-La'Ahad jumping from rooftops and sneaking into groups of people in order to identify and assassinate his targets. The second game was set during the Renaissance era in Florence. The main protagonist here was Ezio Auditore, who starts out as a vengeful teenager and ends up as a highly-skilled master of Assassins. Altaïr also featured in this sequel and the aged assassin’s last few days are shown. The secondary protagonist of the series is Desmond Miles. The last game in the series puts you in the shoes and body of Connor Kenway, as you witness the American Revolution take its course.