Though they just released Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Ubisoft is already looking ahead to Assassin's Creed III. A new survey provides some clues on what to expect from the game.
The Global Market Insite survey (via Eurogamer attempts to gauge gamers' interest on a number of new features. Here are the features mentioned:
An upgrade to the assassin's blade that increases the fluidity and speed of free-running
An enhanced Eagle Vision: see the patrol paths of guards, spot clues to complex navigation puzzles, detect when characters are lying during interrogations, etc.
An intuitive crafting tool that lets you create custom bombs from dozens of ingredients found throughout the game world
Tactical use of a variety of bombs suited to unique contexts and situations (smoke, poison, flash, explosive, etc.)
An additional objective where you and your Assassins guild fight against the Templars to gain control of a city, district by district
Playing as a new Assassin, in a different historical time period
A continuation of Ezio's story as the leader of the Assassins, set outside of Italy
Deeper connectivity between all the Assassin's Creed projects (eg. an action you make on the Facebook game will impact your game experience on the console; events that you read about in the comics will be related to the storyline of the videogames, etc.)
Online Cooperative Mode
Offline Cooperative Mode
The availability of new maps for the Multiplayer
A choice of additional Multiplayer characters with new skill-sets
Playing new Multiplayer modes
A deeper team-based Multiplayer experience (guilds / squads that have common objectives, new tools for clan management, etc.)
A customization of the Multiplayer experience (logos, avatars, objects, team names, etc.)
It's a bit disheartening to see that they're considering another game with Ezio. They ran out of story for him with Assassin's Creed II; he wanted revenge on the Templars and got lots of it. Even bringing him back for Brotherhood was excessive. With all of his personal issues resolved, he's really just a blank slate. The only thing separating him from Assassin's Creed's Altair is that he's kind of a pussy hound.