Rumour: Assassin's Creed IV Due This Year, Features Pirates

Ooh-arrr, and so on

It's rumoured release time again, just as today threatened to pass without any new additions. This time around it's an all new entry in the Assassin's Creed series, which will apparently be called Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, moving beyond all of that silly non-numbered spin-off business. It's apparently due this fiscal year, with some saying it will land in 2013. With Assassin's Creed III and its DLC gracing Wii U, along with Ubisoft's various other multi-platform titles — such as Watch_Dogs — coming to the system, we'd hope that this new entry would arrive on Nintendo's console.

There are a couple of sources that give this rumour some credence. Videogamer.com found and screengrabbed LinkedIn profiles of three Ubisoft employees that said they were working on a project called Assassin's Creed IV, though those staff have now removed those references. In addition, Kotaku claims to have a leaked marketing poster that shows a white cloaked assassin surrounded by well-bearded sea-dogs in pirate-like attire. Of course any old scallywag could mock up a poster, but who knows?

We certainly expect to learn more about the Assassin's Creed series very soon, but whether the reveal will be a full sequel is unknown. It seems feasible, but what do you think? Would you be keen to play a new Assassin's Creed title this year, especially if it has more of the sea battle action from the most recent entry? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via videogamer.com, kotaku.com]