Assassin's Creed 2, new Ghost Recon due by April '10; I Am Alive delayed

[UPDATE] Ubisoft confirms stealthy, heavily armed sequels will join postponed survival horror game on next year's release docket.

Last Thanksgiving, French publisher Ubisoft--unburdened by Turkey-gorging duties--issued a robust earnings report for the six months ended September 30, 2008. As part of that earnings release, the company confirmed that it was working on a follow-up to Assassin's Creed, which has sold an estimated 5 million units worldwide. Later rumors had the game forgoing the original's medieval Middle Eastern setting for Revolutionary France.

Today, as part of another healthy financial report, Ubisoft referred to Assassin's Creed 2 by name, declaring that it will ship sometime during the 12 months ending March 31, 2010. Given that the first game was one of Ubisoft's tent-pole holiday 2007 games, a Q4 2009 launch looks likely. Ubisoft's next fiscal year will also see a sequel to the popular high-tech shooter Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, originally released in March 2007.

"Our [fiscal year 2009-10] lineup comprises several potential blockbusters with the launch of seven franchises, including Assassin's Creed [2], Splinter Cell [Conviction], and a new Ghost Recon, as well as four license-based games including James Cameron's Avatar, three new brands, and a further-enhanced casual-games portfolio," crowed Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. "Although we have to be cautious in light of the current economic environment, we expect Ubisoft to once again be one of the most dynamic and profitable publishers in the games industry in [calendar year] 2009." Ubisoft also said it would launch four movie-license-based titles during the year, including one based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

[UPDATE] Initially, the new Ghost Recon was presumed to be a third Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter game. However, since the publication of this story, GameSpot has learned the project in question will be an all-new game in the Tom Clancy series, not a sequel to the popular GRAWs.

Unfortunately, the excitement generated by the Assassin's Creed 2 and Ghost Recon revelations was tempered somewhat by confirmation of a major delay. I Am Alive, the multiplatform horror-survival game that was the centerpiece of Ubisoft's E3 2008 presentation, "will require further development time and will now bolster the lineup for 2009-10," the company said. Previously, it was expected to arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this spring.

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weaponmaster01
weaponmaster01

They said Assassin's Creed II was going to be in Italy, although it won't be Altair, this new ancestor is still got a character about him. His names Ezio, and he is of Italian decent, and the gameplay is going to take place during the time of davinci in Italy. From what I got out of my game informer they're redoing to whole gig. now instead of doing the same old repetitive thing they are looking at adding just around 200 missions, each which will help allocate your said assissination targets. Also from what I get this is a game of vengeance. So who knows what's in store for this game. As you can tell I'm quite psyched about it. I just hope I hit my first duty station by the time it comes out so I can play it first hand. lol. I still have the goal of beating prototype in six days after it comes out before I'm off to basic. It's gonna suck not having the 360 half a year!

HappyHaloHelper
HappyHaloHelper

dam i just finished assassins creed and nw i find out theres a sequall now im gonna have to buy that to see how the story ends

judowombat
judowombat

ubisoft is friggen awesome, assasins creed, graw or whatever its gonna be, and splinter cell, if only they would work on another rainbow six

Ninja-Monkey
Ninja-Monkey

Assassins creed was mad so number 2 can only be better. I hope they keep the fighting mechanics cause they were awesome! but they should make the hand to hand fighting a lot better. Kung Fu or something.

Evolution-X0
Evolution-X0

Ghost Recon 4 Is Going To Be Something Worth While.

justinjohns0n
justinjohns0n

Im stoked to hear about another Tom Clancy military shooter! Anxious to see how it resembles GRAW. I hope its close but just bigger, better and more bad a$$!

hershy_man
hershy_man

Can't wait for splinter cell convictions

shadowolf612
shadowolf612

assassins creed 2 baby i knew they were gonna make it but i didnt kno this soon BALLA

shawn7324
shawn7324

Thank god another Ghost Recon, I'm happy as can be now.

MajorBrian
MajorBrian

No more GRAW?! I hope the new game is like GRAW. But im down for another Assassins Creed!

troy2000397
troy2000397

Woohoo Good news I can't wait to get Assassin's Creed 2 albeit the first one was repetitive I don't really care. It was still fun. The assassination's were fun and you actually felt pretty cool climbing through rafters and stuff on the way to your target

Aarontan1
Aarontan1

I hope AC2 will be base in future, where main character, desmond, will be ablel to use guns, free running, sniping, hijack vehicles. It would be a mix of MGS4 + GTA4 + Army of 2, where he can hook up with his buddy, if any. And I also hope, the assassination will not be the same, Head to the location, go to the bureau, find some information, head back to the bureau, and then kill your target. This is boring, i hope the Ubisoft really take into consideration of alll our "voices" in order for them to have another healthy fisical yr.

mr0806
mr0806

Was a really nice intro to the gaming world and I can only hope that they made this one better...

kidklan123
kidklan123

"many have said it does very repetitive" well..it does indeed, but still... assassins creed was my favourite. i hope there will be some fight on the real world this time, not only on the animus hehe... can't wait for the next GRAW & Rainbow Six too! still fighting in the air with hawx tough, wonderful job there ubisoft team. well done!

PawnedMAst4er
PawnedMAst4er

1 problem i want a new rainbow six game still im getting Ghost recon,AC2,and i am alive but I want more RS

sharang_3
sharang_3

ac 1 was gud enough for me only if this could be a little less monotonous...

celestial_todd
celestial_todd

assassin's creed was boring. Every assassination was the same! Head to the location, go to the bureau, find some information, head back to the bureau, and then kill your target.

tenlong
tenlong

another assassin creed sign me up ! they need to vary up the game play though the psp one needs to be better than the ds one {it was average at best but had a few neat adds on in the gameplay]

NAT3
NAT3

im looking forward to the new ghost recon i like the scenarios tom clancy comes up with

The-Croix-Man
The-Croix-Man

I just wanna what the time fram of this AC2 will be.

joelgargan
joelgargan

It better have indoor environments, the first one had pretty much none. Better not have incredibly easy counter moves again either. Oh well, ittl be fun/

Geris_F
Geris_F

yea this is a problem with all the games,launch the one is great and the second is repetitive,for me be attention with this be and the second original and unique.

Geris_F
Geris_F

i am interested for same pic ;-))

yukimurasanada3
yukimurasanada3

Maybe AC2 will be in the future, so we'll be Desmond and we'll have guns AND be able to do Altair stuff

cluelesspug
cluelesspug

As long as this assassin's creed has a wider variety of weapons and isn't anywhere near as repetitive, I will buy it.

pzio
pzio

I think that Assassin's Creed 2 could really benefit from some sort of stealth gameplay. I always thought when i played the first one that it would be cool to run around the streets at night, avoiding guards and sneaking up on people. Also, it would add some spice to the game, because as many have said it does get very repetitive.

hassy94
hassy94

"Forget the crossbow, Altair should be able to the shoot the wristblade. Or he should attach it to a chain so that he can shoot, kill, retract and freerun to the bay so that he can SWIM to safety. May sound corny, but I think that it'd be cool..." First of all it will be reaching back into different memories of "sometime in the 1700s." So that means no Altair to start with. Second of all, he's Altair, not Batman Third of all, Assassin's Creed could've been great but was VERY repetitive and that made it no more than average.

davek1979
davek1979

GRAW 2 ? Popular ? Best joke ever. Forum dead, MP dead. Good sense of humour, Tor, thumbs up. :-)

W3En
W3En

I would not mind a second assassins creed even though it was the most self repeating game i have ever played.

tudyniuz
tudyniuz

The new "GRAW" should be great.I hope Assassin's Creed 2 will be better than the first one,I want it to do the same things but not become so repetitive:|

lingo123
lingo123

YES!!!!!! ANOTHER ASSASSINS CREED!! I was dying, its my fav game on the 360

Spartan313
Spartan313

Finally a new Ghost Recon coming out. now we just need a new rainbow six

fatooosh
fatooosh

splinter cell 5 release 6/30

Cinquler
Cinquler

well i cant wait for assasins creed 2

zouhiyou
zouhiyou

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Monkeysballs
Monkeysballs

I wasn't wrorryed you can't swim, hes wearing metal gloves and stuff those would be impossible to swim in

arnouluck
arnouluck

I hope it picks up after the story ends no more computer frame backtracking now it's the Real Assassins Creed!!!! Reminds me of the movie "Wanted" ^___^ can't wait!!! Is Jade Raymond coming back???

hotbodyboy_2006
hotbodyboy_2006

Hope Assassin's Creed 2 removes the repetitive gameplay. Apart from that everything else is just right.

Levia28
Levia28

Generally the no swimming thing wasn't a problem, considering how little of the game was near water (one, maybe two levels?) nobody else could swim either though making fights at the docks really easy. Chirstmas is such a long wait...

gamepro0062
gamepro0062

I don't know why everyone didn't understand why Altair couldn't swim... I'd love to see you guys try to swim with a heavy sword (and swords are actually heavy, I held one once) 10 to 15 throwing knives, a contraption on your arm that holds the hidden blade, boots, a big outfit, etc. To be honest, I was even shocked he could jump from building to building with all that. I know I couldn't.

xxZiggyxx
xxZiggyxx

I had the 1st Assassin's Creed since it was released and I still haven't finished it lol

hell_bat
hell_bat

exactly! that not swimming got on me nerves so much, and a hate the drunk sailors or the mad people av ended up killing loads of them. and it has 2 be the most disappointing ending av ever seen, they HAVE 2 explain it in this one a cannit wait.

feathers177
feathers177

Why couldn't he swim? I didn't get why an amazing assassin would lack the ability to swim. Even with his gear he should at least have a time limit or something other than automatic death.

Trini_boy14
Trini_boy14

Its going to be a long wait for Assassins creed 2.... not 2 happy about that though but nothing i can do... lol