This year's instalment is pirate themed

Every year brings with it an Easter Sunday, a Christmas Day and a new Assassin's Creed title. The series is just over five years old now and there are five home console games already in existence as well as several portable iterations on the DS, PSP and Vita.

It's reached the point now where nobody is even acting surprised when a new game in the series gets announced. Incidentally, the next title will be Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and will follow the adventures of Edward Kenway, the father of Haytham Kenway from Assassin's Creed III, who decides to leave the navy and become a pillaging pirate.

There's naturally a worry that too many games in such quick succession could make gamers a little bit fatigued but Ubisoft doesn't seem to think so as Yannis Mallat, head of Ubisoft Montreal, revealed in an interview with Eurogamer at this year's Game Developers Conference that there's definitely enough demand for Assassin's Creed for them to be released on a yearly basis.

The players will tell us. Right now there are more and more coming into the franchise, so I don't see that day. It's our breakthrough. When you have quality content, the frequency of coming out with the game is not an issue at all.

On the contrary, people expect more and more of that content. So it's natural to be able to provide that content. The gamers are happy and it's our job to make them happy.

It doesn't look like Ubisoft will be slowing down the rate of Assassin's Creed releases any time soon - unless people keep their wallets closed of course.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will arrive on Wii U on 29th October in North America and 1st November in Europe.

Are you looking forward to the next game in the series, or are you a bit fatigued? Let us know in the comments section below.