The Assassin's Creed franchise is headed to the American Revolution, according to a new rumor produced by the folks at CVG. They've been given the information by a source close to the project. The next installment will feature a new protagonist, as Ezio's tale concluded with Revelations last fall, and is said to be based in pre-U.S. soil during the colonial conflict with the British Empire.

As interesting as this change of pace could be, as long as the next Assassin's Creed takes the historical sections out of the Mediterranean, I'm happy. I loved Ezio's romp through Italy and Constantinople, and I appreciated Altair's time in places like Damascus. However, that region of the world has officially been covered.

The Assassin's Creed franchise needs to move somewhere fresh and interesting, and the American Revolution is certainly both things when it comes to the video game medium. Can you recall playing any large number of games set near the events of the American Revolution? That's a testament to the rather non-existent genre. It's an untapped concept.

If not America during the Revolutionary War era, I'd love to see a new Assassin order spring up in China, Japan or Russia. There are plenty of conflicts in more environmentally diverse locales around the world that could use the fictional historical givings of the Assassins and the Templar. In fact, I imagine the folks at Ubisoft could use any large historical event and place the Assassins and Templar at polar opposites in order to tell a compelling story.

While CVG indicates that their source is close to the project, this rumor has certainly not been confirmed by Ubisoft. CVG says that the next game in the series will be announced by March 31st of this year. If that's the case, then we'll likely have a much better idea concerning where we'll assassinate next.

[via CVG]