UPDATE: A Reddit user has posted an interesting bit of information. According to the user he was on a flight when he spied a lady sitting in the row in front of him working on a powerpoint presentation for the marketing of several games. The game that stood out to him was titled Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flags, due for release in the Holiday season of 2013, according to the slide. A quick search of Wikipedia reveals several uses of black flags, but the most interesting is: “The Black Flag was flown by certain irregular Confederate Army units in the American Civil War of 1861-1865 to symbolize that they would neither give, nor accept quarter; symbolizing the opposite of the white flag of surrender.” This would tie in with the theory below that the next Creed game could be a spin-off of Assassin’s Creed III. Sadly the Reddit user took no pictures, so we’ll have to take this with a pinch of salt, but interesting nonetheless.
During a financial call today Ubisoft revealed plans for their next Assassin’s Creed game, saying that it will be released sometime in the company’s fiscal 2014, which is from April 1st, 2013, to March 31st, 2014. So far all of the past Assassin’s Creed games, except for Assassin’s Creed III which was released in October, have been released in November, so it seems pretty likely that we’ll be seeing the next title in the series arriving in October or November of this year.
Ubisoft also revealed that the next game will feature a brand new setting and hero, but will that be enough to keep things from getting stale? Even as a massive Assassin’s Creed fan I can’t deny that having a new game in the series launch every year for the past four years has somewhat dampened my excitement at the prospect of another installment in the franchise arriving this year.
Considering the game’s release window there’s also a good chance that the next Assassin’s Creed game will be a generation straddler, with versions for both current consoles and next-gen consoles going to be made available. During the financial call Ubisoft did not confirm any platforms for the game.
And finally during the call Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed III shipped a total of 12-million copies, which is pretty damn impressive, though it should be noted that shipping copies is not the same as selling copies. Still, impressive.
On a personal note I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the next Creed game is a spin-off, like Brotherhood and Revelations were. Perhaps we’ll get to play as a certain Haytham Kenway in Britain? His story was explored in the book, Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken, but there’s no reason why Ubisoft can’t tell his tale in game form.