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Ubisoft may have nailed down a setting for the next chapter in the Assassin's Creed series. Rumor has it that Assassin's Creed 3 will take place during the American revolution.
CVG says that AC3's setting and protagonist will be revealed soon. Ubisoft's fiscal year will end on March 31st so a public announcement of the game should come before then.
We already knew that the American Revolution was at least on Ubisoft's short list. A survey from last year gauged players' interest in the following settings:
The American Revolution era definitely feels like a good fit for the series. It's not too far ahead in time compared to other games that it would require a complete rethinking of the series. Firearms are still relatively new technology at that time so melee weapons would still be relevant. Also, the setting is rife with conflict (you know, with all the revolutions and whatnot) so it's a natural place for an Assassin to operate.