Ubisoft has confirmed that development is currently underway on the next installment into the Assassin's Creed saga, and that the franchise will now take a "major leap forward".
The news came from Ubisoft's CEO Yves Guillemot, who was talking during Ubisoft's scheduled third-quarter earnings call. He said "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. 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."
From the declaration about a new character, it seems as though Ubisoft are keen to move away from Connor, which shoots down the prospect of another mini-franchise. Following on from Assassin's Creed II, Ubisoft released both Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed: Revelations as follow-ups that continued to feature Ezio Auditore da Firenze.
It's also unclear whether Patrice Desilets will be involved with the project, or the Assassin's Creed franchise moving forward. Desilets was the primary creative force behind the initial two games, but left before Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood was released. He joined THQ and helped create THQ Montreal, but following their recent financial trouble, THQ sold the studio to Ubisoft.
Guillemot also chose not to mention which platform the next Assassin's Creed game is set to appear on. It's been long rumoured that the PS4 will arrive this year, with Microsoft's next entry into the console market expected to appear around the same time. It would make sense if Assassin's Creed IV were to be the franchise's first foray onto these platforms.
We should be expecting more news about the next Assassin's Creed game in the near future. Be sure to check back to see what else Ubisoft have in store for this franchise.