Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced that a new Assassin’s Creed title is coming in 2012, expected to be Assassin’s Creed 3. Normally the main games are always released in the same month, mid-November, but this time the Assassin’s Creed 3 release date was confirmed at an investors call as October 31st, 2012. It will be released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. It’s also in development for the Nintendo Wii U.
Guillemot says the game will be a “major” installment in the series, and “the biggest launch in Ubisoft history”, but remains tight-lipped about any further details beyond the release date.
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“There will be another great, full-fledged Assassin’s Creed title next year,” he told investors. “It will be another major release and we will be communicating more about it in the coming months.” He would later go on to confirm Assassin’s Creed III has been in development for three years.
This confirms comments made by Assassin’s Creed Revelations Creative Lead Alexandre Amacio last month, who revealed that the next installment would be the last chapter in Desmond’s story. “In Assassin’s Creed we set up a timeline with this whole end of the world plot of December 2012. That’s fast approaching, and the story we have to tell, we obviously need to do it before we arrive at that point,” Amacio said at the time. “Assassin’s Creed is all about cycles – we have the Ezio cycle and the Altair cycle, and both of those are set to conclude in Revelations and we have the Desmond cycle, which is set to end on December 2012.”
Guillemot also said that pre-orders for Assassin’s Creed: Revelations were “significantly higher” than figures for Brotherhood, yet the firm is still expecting a “double digit decline” in sales for Revelations compared to the other title.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will hit the shelves on November 15, 2011 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. For Microsoft Windows PC, the game is delayed until November 29, 2011.
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Information via Eurogamer