“During a post-earnings financial call today,” Makuch writes, “Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced that the next installment in the Assassin's Creed franchise will launch in the company's fiscal 2014 (April 1, 2013-March 31, 2014).”
Guillermot went on to express how the game would be almost entirely new, featuring an all new main character (the previous games in the series all featured at least one character from a prior “Assassin’s Creed”) to a new time period (this is in keeping with the series, since each game does jump ahead several years or decades, even centuries). No platforms were mentioned, either, though with Microsoft and Sony expected to drop word on their new consoles in the coming weeks, it shouldn’t be surprising that “Assassin’s Creed 4” would come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720.
Rumors about the next “Assassin’s Creed” game include the new setting being Brazil, and the game also featuring a co-op mode.
The last game in the series, “Assassin’s Creed III,” has sold more than 12 million copies to date. The game is set in Colonial America, involving a Native American trained in the assassin’s art helping the colonies defeat English forces. And just yesterday, it was announced the three-part DLC for "Assassin's Creed III" has a release date, the first part dropping on Feb. 19, 2013.
For more information, check out Eddie Makuch's article on Gamespot.