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Ubisoft to release Assassins Creed 3 this year?

Game developer Ubisoft could be unleashing Assassin's Creed later this year.

No sooner have gamers said goodbye to Ezio Auditore da Firenze in Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Ubisoft is planning a new chapter for the franchise.

Reports suggest that the game developer's 2012 schedule includes Assassin's Creed, which will take a new hero into another era, leaving the Renaissance legacy far behind.

The latest title will take place during the American Revolution, possibly bringing the new protagonist into contact with George Washington, who, Assassin's Creed mythology states, is in possession of an apple of Eden.

Ubisoft chief executive office Yves Guillemot told Computer and Video Games last month: "We think that delivering regular instalments and expanding the brand to other platforms will continue to satisfy the demand, while at the same time attracting new fans.

"And we're confident that the next instalment of Assassin's Creed will be the biggest to date."

Also new from Ubisoft in 2012, according to reports, is the latest instalment of Splinter Cell, Retribution.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will also get an outing as a standalone title and an online offering. Along with Brothers in Arms: Furious 4, Far Cry 3 and another instalment in the Prince of Persia series.

Definitely new this year will be Grand Theft Auto 5, after developer Rockstar released a tantalising teaser trailer.

However, the firm is being evasive on exactly when eager fans will get hold of the title.

"Right now, we are very hard at work on the game and are excited as well to show and tell you more as development progresses - expect that we'll be talking much more about GTA5 starting at some point in a few months' time," a representative of the firm said.

Right now GTA5 is taking up all Rockstar's time, but the firm did concede that there could be a follow-up to the groundbreaking LA Noire title when GTA 5 is done and dusted.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801292808-ADNFCR