Assassin's Creed seems to be the only franchise that can weather the Call of Duty storm on an annual basis.
When Modern Warfare 2 launched in November of 2009, Assassin's Creed II arrived at almost exactly the same time and ultimately managed to sell around 9 million copies. This was when most other titles ran away from MW2. This year, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood didn't shy away from Black Ops – again, both titles released at about the same time – and all indications are that Ubisoft's latest will be another smash hit. So why not go for another entry in 2011? Well, the publisher wouldn't confirm anything specific but according to company CEO Yves Guillemot (speaking at a financial briefing call ), we'll get AC "something" in 2011.
"There will be something around Assassin's. That's the only thing we can say."
Ubisoft did reinforce their "ultimate goal" to make the series yearly; i.e., new iterations for the holiday season every year, just like Call of Duty . Guillemot wouldn't commit to ACIII in 2011 but at least we know it's a possibility. They may not make it in time, though, because although Brotherhood is the completion of Ezio's story and was already written even before ACII released (or so said the development team), we doubt much of anything is written about ACIII, which will feature a new character, storyline and – we're assuming – age.
Either way, we can't wait to hear about it.