Ubisoft will continue its recent pattern of annual releases in the best-selling Assassin's Creed
franchise with another title next year, the company confirmed today.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot made the announcement near the end of a conference call accompanying the company's recent earnings report
, though he provided no additional details on the title.
Though Guillemot said pre-orders for the soon-to-launched Assassin's Creed: Revelations
are "significantly higher than last year," the company's financial guidance is assuming the new title will see a "double digit decline" in sales compared to last year's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
"We want to be careful and prudent, but we have high expectations for the product," Guillemot said, citing strong preview coverage and consumer interest.
The company also said sales of Brotherhood
have been "in line" with those of 2009's Assassin's Creed II
, which ended up selling nearly 9 million copies
worldwide through March 2010.
has sold 3.14 million new retail copies in the U.S. through September, according to NPD data
The Assassin's Creed
franchise has now sold 31 million copies since its debut in November 2007, according to Ubisoft.