New Assassin's Creed to be set in Rome

Speaking in a call with its third quarter investors, Ubisoft has confirmed that next game in the publisher’s Assassin’s Creed series would see Ezio striking the Templars at their headquarters in Rome.

It would also include what Ubisoft called “innovative” multiplayer, where players can participate in an assassination mode against friends online.

Further information would not be revealed on the multiplayer, although the publisher did say that the general rule for new releases is that each will contain cooperative multiplayer. As far as Assassin’s Creed was concerned, Ubisoft would not comment on whether it would be a yearly title, but that it will continue to support the franchise.

Last month, the publisher said a new Assassin’s Creed game was on the way that does not tie into the recent downloadable content for Assassin’s Creed II. It was also revealed that Assassin’s Creed II’s Ezio would return to the title as protagonist after it was revealed the title was a continuation of the second game’s plot.

Yves Guillemot, Chief Executive Officer of Ubisoft, also announced today that Assassin’s Creed II has now sold more than 8 million units.

The next installment in the Assassin's Creed series will be released in the publisher's next fiscal year; Ubisoft's fiscal year begins in April 2010 and ends in March 2011.

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