According to a supposedly-official Ubisoft marketing survey, the next Assassin's Creed - presumably Assassin's Creed III - could contain faster free running, enhanced Eagle Vision, a crafting tool, and several other additions and reinventions, even including a new assassin, time period, and city.
If it is legit, it's still just a survey, and not a list of definite changes, but it may give insight into Ubisoft's direction. Without further lead-up to the obvious Family Feud reference...survey says:
Would you like to see ____ in the sequel to the ASSASSIN'S CREED: BROTHERHOOD?
1) An upgrade to the assassin's blade that increases the fluidity and speed of free-running
2) An enhanced Eagle Vision: see the patrol paths of guards, spot clues to complex navigation puzzles, detect when characters are lying during interrogations, etc.
3) An intuitive crafting tool that lets you create custom bombs from dozens of ingredients found throughout the game world
4) Tactical use of a variety of bombs suited to unique contexts and situations (smoke, poison, flash, explosive, etc.)
5) An additional objective where you and your Assassins guild fight against the Templars to gain control of a city, district by district
6) Playing as a new Assassin, in a different historical time period
7) A continuation of Ezio's story as the leader of the Assassins, set outside of Italy
8) Deeper connectivity between all the Assassin's Creed projects (eg. an action you make on the Facebook game will impact your game experience on the console; events that you read about in the comics will be related to the storyline of the videogames, etc.)
9) Online Cooperative Mode
10) Offline Cooperative Mode
11) The availability of new maps for the Multiplayer
12) A choice of additional Multiplayer characters with new skill-sets
13) Playing new Multiplayer modes
14) A deeper team-based Multiplayer experience (guilds / squads that have common objectives, new tools for clan management, etc.)
15) A customization of the Multiplayer experience (logos, avatars, objects, team names, etc.)
That's a lot of italicized ideas, but it all sounds like what we'd expect Ubisoft to be considering for its next Creed game. A change of scenery, for example, has already been hinted at by Geoffroy Sardin, Ubisoft's chief of marketing and sales in Europe.
Speaking to MCV last month, Sardin commented, “If you’ve read the comic books you will see that we took Assassin’s Creed to the USSR, or Caesar’s Rome – that’s a good example of what we could do in the coming years in the next video games."
We would have our fingers crossed for the USSR, but we tore off our crossin' fingers when we read the survey's Facebook integration suggestion.
Sardin has also stated that the next 'big' Assassin's Creed game will be out in 2011, so we shouldn't have to wait long to find out which of the survey's suggestions, if any, will be realized.
Dec 3, 2010