Next Assassin's Creed Will Have Full Campaign, "Justified" MultiplayerS

On the red carpet for the Interactive Achievement Awards here at the DICE convention yesterday, two of the top creators of the Assassin's Creed series provided a little better sense of what the series' surprise next installment will be like.

Ubisoft creative director Patrice Desilets and series lead writer Corey May were both there to celebrate their game's nine nominations and hope to win. While the next Assassin's Creed has been described as the series' first installment with multiplayer, Desilets and May said that the game, featuring ACII hero Ezio's return to Rome, will have a full single-player campaign. Desilets also said — "You know us" — that the game's multiplayer will have a "narrative justification."

The game is being developed at Ubisoft Montreal. May added, with joking helpfulness: "It won't be boring."

The game is expected to come out by the end of March 2011.

Questioned how there could be another full Assassin's Creed just a year after the previous game, Desilets said that it took a year to get the technology fully in place for the last one and is confident that that makes it easier to turn this next game around more swiftly.

Unfortunately for the two men, Assassin's Creed II was swept from the awards, losing to Uncharted 2 in most of the categories in which both games were nominated. But with a new Assassin's Creed coming so soon, they'll be getting another crack at awards glory sooner than most franchise followers expected.