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'New Assassin's Creed era' planned for fiscal 2014

A new Assassin's Creed era will begin in fiscal year 2014, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced today. The brief statement delivered along with the company's third quarter performance revealed only that the game will feature a new hero and time period, and is being developed by a new team.

Back to our current era, no conveniently placed bale of hay was safe from the commercial success of Assassin's Creed III. Ubisoft revealed that the latest in its historical open-world series shipped and digitally sold more than 12 million units, a nearly 70 percent jump from Assassin's Creed Revelations.

Far Cry 3, which was also developed by Ubisoft's heavyweight Montreal studio, enjoyed a strong first month with more than 4.5 million units shipped and digitally distributed after its launch in late November and early December. Ubisoft's third quarter ended on December 31, 2012.

"Fans will certainly not have to wait four more years for the next [Far Cry]," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said in a conference call, referring to the gap between the second and third games.

Ubisoft made no mention of its other holiday shooter release, ZombiU. The publisher launched seven games for the console within weeks of its launch, though Wii U only accounted for 4 percent of its third quarter sales, compared to 37 percent from Xbox 360 and 33 percent from PlayStation 3.

The Just Dance series' powerful rise among casual gamers may have finally peaked, with 16 percent less titles shipped for Just Dance 4 than last year's iteration. Digital performance grew almost two-and-a-half times over last year, however, aided by iOS hit Rayman Jungle Run.

Overall, the company's third-quarter sales rose 19.2 percent at constant exchange rates from €652 million in 2011 to €802 in 2012.

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10 comments

  • sandplasma - February 8, 2013 7:14 a.m.

    This is exactly what is wrong with gaming right now. Developers find a franchise that makes money and they milk it and milk it until its dry and useless by releasing a game every 6-8 months. I'm already tired of all the AssCreed talk. Give it a rest FFS!
  • Rub3z - February 8, 2013 1:26 a.m.

    Yawn. Though, Far Cry 4 may be cool, if a bit far off from now.
  • WarrriorPoet - February 7, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    Assassin's Creed 4 vs. WatchDogs? Does the news about an impending Assassin's Creed game, most likely releasing between October and November of 2013, mean Watchdogs will be released sometime in 2014 or later? I was working under a theory that Watchdogs would be a Launch title for the Playstion 4 and X-box 720. I also believe that the next generation consoles will be released at the end of 2013 around the holidays. Assassin's Creed Console Titles dating all the way back to the first game have been released in Fall, around November. Except the most recent, being Assassins Creed III having been released in October. It is unlikely that Ubisoft will break from this Fall tradition. Especially seeing as it could be the first such tradition of a new console generation. So where do you think that leaves Watchdogs? It is unlikely that Ubisoft will release Watchdogs and what I am guessing is Assassin's Creed 4 both at launch. Seeing how they would be in direct competition with of each other. And it will pit an Promising new IP against a well established franchise. Now me personally I will buy both if this unlikely scenario occurs. But what about you? Now that an official statement has been made about the next Assassin's Creed Game, when do you think Watchdogs will be released? Will it be pushed back to 2014? Will they be released side by side at the next gen launch? Will Ubisoft break from their tradition and release the next Assassin's Creed title early in 2014? Let me know what you think.
  • Z-man427 - February 7, 2013 3:20 p.m.

    There are rumors that Watch Dogs will be rebranded as AC IV. I hope not.
  • winner2 - February 7, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    Farcry I'm not worried about, I've got faith they'll get it right again. AC on the other hand...please don't fuck it up again. This will be the first time that I'll only buy AC if the reviews are really good. Not going off of title only for AC anymore, they've lost my trust with the series after revelations and 3.
  • StrayGator - February 7, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    So, a new hero, a new time period, and a new team. Wonder how's that gonna turn out. Come to think of it, here's an article idea, gratis: "CrystalRadar forecast - how will this generation's biggest franchises fare on the next?" Which franchises will march on like Halo and GTA did? Who will take a backseat as did DmC and Ratchet & Clank? What emerging franchises are ready to boom like CoD (and to a lesser extent, Killzone)?
  • Z-man427 - February 7, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    That would be a great article, really.
  • FierceVoltage - February 7, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    Agreed.
  • Z-man427 - February 7, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    Oh, Fiscal 2014. I'm an idiot.
  • Z-man427 - February 7, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    As much as I love AC, I'm glad for a break from it this year. Hopefully, it'll be a next gen title. Anvil Next is a great engine, but really showed the shortcomings of the current consoles' power.

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