Next Assassin's Creed Has New Hero, Time Period, Developer
The next Assassin’s Creed title will take place in a new time period for the franchise, and stars a new protagonist. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said the “all-new Assassin’s Creed hero, within an all new team and time period” will be “another major leap forward for the franchise” when it releases some time before April 2014.
"It is the benefit of multiple teams working on multiple chapters of the product," Guillemot said, "each getting several years to make their versions of an Assassin’s Creed game."
Guillemot did not specify which “new team” is behind the development of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed title, or whether it will release on current or future generation platforms.
The next chapter in Assassin’s Creed III, The Tyranny of King Washington, releases on February 19.
The Tyranny of King Washington starts February 19/20
It’s 1783 and the American Revolution is over, our hero, Ratonhnhaké:ton, awakens from an unsettling dream to find that despite his efforts to deliver justice in the newly-founded United States of America, a new king has been crowned – George Washington. Blinded by a thirst for unlimited power, Ratonhnhaké:ton must dethrone the tyrant and return freedom to the land.
The Infamy is the first episode of a three-part tale in the Tyranny of King Washington which will be available on Microsoft’s Xbox 360® and Windows PCs on February 19 and on Sony’s PlayStation®3 on February 20.
Following The Infamy, The Tyranny of King Washington will continue in two additional content packs that let gamers experience an alternate history of the events following the American Revolution. The three upcoming episodes are available through the Assassin’s Creed III Season Pass, which is available for purchase for 2400 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE or £23.99 on the PlayStation® Network and Windows PC. The first episode can also be purchased as a single DLC pack for 800 Microsoft points or £9.99.
Mark your calendars, as you do not want to miss this experience of an alternate history of the events following the American Revolution.
Assassin's Creed IV in 2013?
The next entry in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series could include co-op play and be on store shelves as early as next year. The Gaming Liberty has obtained a survey reportedly stemming from Ubisoft that gauges fan interest in a range of new features and ideas for the series.
The survey reportedly asks a series of questions covering players’ thoughts on Assassin’s Creed III, including their enjoyment or dissatisfaction with its gameplay, combat, and story. Additionally, the survey asks what players might enjoy from a future Assassin’s Creed installment, such as whether or not they would like to see a future game feature Desmond or Connor.
Additionally, one question is squarely focused on co-op. It asks if players would enjoy “the possibility for a friend to join the game in order to help” with missions, puzzles, and other endeavors. Though the Assassin’s Creed franchise has introduced multiplayer, no game in the series has yet featured co-op.
Lastly, the questionnaire asks how likely respondents would be to purchase the next Assassin’s Creed game if it was released next year.
Assassin’s Creed III launched in October and sold 3.5 million units during its first week, up 100 percent over comparable sales of last year’s game, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.
Assassin's Creed Movie in 2013?
The Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender could be out as early as next year.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz about the future of the franchise beyond the release of ACIII, Ubisoft’s chief sales and marketing officer Geoffroy Sardin said:
“Another thing that is very important for the lifecycle is the transmedia offer. All the figurines, the books, the publishing, and we have a movie in the next coming year. So it’s not only about games, we are talking about a global brand, and this is the life cycle management we want to set up now.”
Now this could mean a few things. He could, of course, be referring to the production of the film, which has been fast-tracked, not its actual release date. It could also refer to the next financial year 2013/14, with the film coming out in 2014. But either way, it sounds like the production of the movie is on track and we’ll see it very soon.
Assassin’s Creed 3 on PC
AC3 is now available for pre-purchase through Steam.
Assassin’s Creed III and Liberation Soundtracks Now Available on iTunes
Purchase the AC3 album for $9.99 here.
And the Liberation album, also $9.99, here.
Walmart Releases Its Black Friday Ad; Assassin's Creed III is $39
It’s a little more expensive than Best Buy’s sale, but if you don’t live near one, the $4 is better than paying for gas.
And just a head’s up, on Thanksgiving, we will be making a masterpost of all the Black Friday sales regarding AC, so don’t worry if you miss one!
Assassin’s Creed Anthology is ‘EMEA exclusive,’ not coming to North America ‘for now’
Ubisoft today confirmed Assassin’s Creed Anthology for PS3 and Xbox 360 in Europe, but for now it’s not coming to North America. Reached for comment, Ubisoft told us Anthology isn’t currently confirmed for the US, and is only slated as an "EMEA" release, meaning it’s only currently releasing in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. We should mention Ubisoft did use hedging language like “exclusive for now” and “isn’t currently confirmed for US release” in our follow-up.
The collection contains Assassin’s Creed 1, 2, and 3, Brotherhood, and Revelations, along with all of those games’ expansion packs and other DLC. Ubisoft confirmed that includes Assassin’s Creed 3's Season Pass. Also bundled in are five lithographs, one for each game, and an exclusive steel book, all in a chunky-looking collector's box.
Anthology is priced at £119.99 in the UK, and €150.00 in Europe. It’s exclusive to Amazon in the UK, and is being released there November 30. Based on listings on Amazon Germany and Amazon France (now taken down), it’s coming to the rest of Europe November 29.