The Toronto and Montreal studios of video game publisher Ubisoft are already working on a sequel to the upcoming Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, which will presumably be launched on next-generation consoles during 2014.The information comes from Jade Raymond, the leader of the Toronto studio, who told Polygon about the project, but failed to offer any details about it.
She stated, “The thing that’s great to me is that there is still some of my favorite people who, you know, we were in the trenches shipping that first one. We lived through all of that stuff together and some of those guys are still on the franchise and have been there.”
It’s unclear whether this new Assassin’s Creed title will continue the story told in Black Flag or whether the publisher is creating two parallel series based on the same universe, similar to what Activision has done with Call of Duty.
Black Flag will focus on naval combat, but it will also include important land-based exploration sections, set on Carribbean islands.
Raymond has also talked about other projects that will soon be announced, adding, “We have two big collaborations coming that we’re not talking about, on two of the biggest franchises at Ubisoft. We also have two new IP.”
The Toronto Ubisoft studio is currently working on Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which is set to launch on the PC and on home consoles during late August.
The game will tell the story of Fourth Echelon, a new anti-terrorist organization that will have to deal with an internal threat.
Apparently, the game will deliver the best stealth experience of the current generation and will also have innovative versus multiplayer, using mercs vs spies mechanics.
A different team is handling multiplayer modes for Rainbox Six: Patriots, which will probably be launched during 2014.