With today being the final day of 2012, it's time to take a look at all of the news, details and information that have surfaced over the past year regarding "Assassin's Creed IV."
Just this past November, the chance of "AC IV" grew more likely than the already obvious expectations people have for the game when a developer on the title spoke about the possibility of another installment.
"Assassin's Creed 3" creative director Alex Hutchinson said that as long as people enjoy the "Assassin's Creed" games, they will continue to make them.
"As long as everyone likes AC3! We've talked a lot about that. If we can tell a really high quality story and deliver it every year then I don't see any reason why we'd stop. At the moment it's such a popular franchise and we've managed to keep the quality up pretty much.
"Hopefully you guys will really like AC3, and if that's true then I'm sure we will [continue to release annually]," Hutchinson said.
Ubisoft producer Francois Pelland also said "Assassin's Creed IV" could easily be set before or after the events of "Assassin's Creed III."
"It's a question we've been getting a lot.
"It's not a moving forward thing, it's all based on lineage and on DNA and therefore it has nothing to do with time. The next game could easily go backwards as much as forward, no problem," Pelland said.
Toward the end of November, a survey from Ubisoft was sent out to random gamers regarding another installment in the "Assassin's Creed" franchise.
Questions sent out included what gamers wanted out of yearly sequels, co-op functionality and whether or not people want to see a greater emphasis on Uncharted 3-style platforming.
"If it was to become available next year, how likely are you to purchase the next Assassin’s Creed game?" one question asked.
Another question that was reported was how much players would like to see a Co-Op mode implemented for the next installment.
Later during December, it was allegedly said by a Ubisoft employee that the next installment of "Assassin's Creed" would take place in a warmer climate.
Ubisoft Brazil managing director Bertrand Chaverot said the next installment of the series will be taking place in South America.
Players will not be surprised with the newest location of Brazil being where the next game could take place because there were some missions people journeyed to during "Assassin's Creed III."
No confirmed information has been released from Ubisoft, and going off of previous announcement time tables, people could expect an announcement sometime during March of next year, which was when "AC III" was revealed.
No official information has been released regarding a release date time table for the game, but it's entirely possible the game could not be out for a few years, given Ubisoft's tendency to release spin-off titles for each new protagonist.