Gamers have purchased more than 12 million copies of Assassin's Creed III since its October 2012 launch.
Assassin's Creed III has only been on the market for just over three months, but Ubisoft is already planning the release of the next game in the series. On the publisher's quarterly financial earnings call, CEO Yves Guillemot stated that a new Assassin's Creed game is coming in the 2014 fiscal year. However, ACIII's resident assassin Connor won't be the protagonist, and it won't take place in colonial America; the next Assassin's Creed will feature a brand new hero and take place during a different time period.
According to Guillemot, Ubisoft expects "it to be another major leap forward for the franchise," calling it "the benefit of multiple teams working on multiple chapters of the project, each getting several years to make their versions of an Assassin's Creed game."
The shift in timeline and character doesn't indicate that Connor's first outing wasn't a success, though. In a press release detailing its third quarter 2012-2013 sales, Ubisoft revealed that it has sold over 12 million copies of Assassin's Creed III. This marks a 70% increase in sales over 2011's Assassin's Creed Revelations, which completed Ezio Auditore's saga.
Ubisoft is currently in the fourth quarter of the 2012-2013 fiscal year. "Fiscal 2014" is a pretty vague release window, and no other details about the next Assassin's Creed were revealed today. Guillemot promised that we would hear more "very soon."