Next Assassin’s Creed To Feature Multiplayer With ‘Narrative Justification’

Ah, the DICE convention…gaming’s latest glimpse into the future. Surprises abound here like when Ubisoft Creative Director Patrice Desilets and Assassin’s Creed‘s-lead writer Corey May gave us a taste of whats to come for the next installment of Assassin’s Creed.

Back in 2007 gamers around the world were introduced to Altair and the free roaming world of the holy land of 1191 AD in Assassin’s Creed and in 2009, Ubisoft unveiled Assassin’s Creed 2, which won many awards across the industry and was nominated at this year’s DICE awards. but lost out to Uncharted 2, the heavy favorite. But, the DICE awards are the games industries Oscars, and it is a major feat to just be nominated. While strolling the red carpet before the awards ceremony last night, Desilets and May discussed the next adventure in the Assassin’s Creed series, revealing juicy tidbits.

They clarified that the game will indeed feature a multiplayer component and will be accompanied by a significant single-player campaign set in Rome and starring Ezio, the hero of Assassin’s Creed 2. They also stated that the multiplayer will have ‘narrative justification’. It’s good to see that the developers aren’t changing the series completely by including multiplayer and that they are seeking a way to justify its inclusion in the overarching storyline. After all, Assassin’s Creed 2‘s storyline was excellent and was one of the reasons it was nominated at this year’s DICE awards.

The sequel is slated for release in March, 2011…a quick turnaround for this impressive series.