Update: Further words from Guillemot to clarify the new game: “We have a new Assassin’s Creed that we expect will be a very high quality product that as well as an offline complement will have a multiplayer component. It is the same studios because it’s not only one studio creating the game, but an association of studios and they are working together to make it happen.”
Another spokesperson added, “The game will take place with the same hero, which is Ezio, and will follow-up the story that took place in Assassin’s Creed 2.”
The new title will be sold at a “full price point,” Guillemot also confirmed.
Original story: The multiplayer-equipped Assassin’s Creed “episode” that was revealed in Ubisoft’s third fiscal quarter update yesterday is not tied to Assassin’s Creed II‘s downloadable content, it’s been confirmed. “The AC game referenced in [the] announcement is not tied to the AC2 DLC,” said a company representative.
So, Assassin’s Creed III is getting an online component then? If so, the game is going to have a fairly short turnaround since CEO Yves Guillemot said the the multiplayer-enabled product is expected to arrive during the company’s 2010-11 fiscal year, which ends in March 2011.