The folks at Ubisoft aren't ones to stand still every chance they get. At GDC this week, Ubisoft Toronto managing director Jade Raymond revealed that her studio was already working on the next Assassin's Creed, the one following the yet-unreleased Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Yep, and that's in addition to whatever this whole Assassin's Creed: Rising Phoenix rumor is.
Currently, the studio's primary focus remains completing the upcoming Splinter Cell: Blacklist, with the Rainbow Six: Patriots multiplayer out of the way. Raymond remarked that after Blacklist ships, Ubi Toronto can move on to the five other projects they've already got planned out; two are new IPs.
"We have two big collaborations coming that we're not talking about, on two of the biggest franchises at Ubisoft. We also have two new IP."
She also confirmed that the fifth would be another Splinter Cell. Not surprisingly, details regarding all five were not mentioned, but I imagine many have a keen interest in seeing something new out of Ubisoft.
Sure, two of their biggest franchises are still going strong, but now that Assassin's Creed is an annual affair (more than that if you include the handheld titles) and Sam Fisher's been around for so long, something new certainly wouldn't hurt.