Ubisoft has revealed that it plans to conclude Desmond's storyline by December 2012. The current series has an end of the world plot that is set to conclude next year and the publisher wants the series' plot tied up before we reach that date.
"In Assassin's Creed we set up a timeline with this whole end of the world plot of December 2012," Assassin's Creed: Revelation creative lead Alexandre Amacio told Eurogamer. "That's fast approaching, and the story we have to tell, we obviously need to do it before we arrive at that point."
"We had such a complex and strong narrative that we ourselves did our best to just try to execute these games before that date," Amacio added. "It would be stupid of us to be centring a game on a semi-reality and then have that conclusion happen after that date in real life."
According to Amacio the Ezio and Altair cycles will be concluded with this November's Assassin's Creed Revelations, but Desmond's cycle ends next year.
"Assassin's Creed is all about cycles - we have the Ezio cycle and the Altair cycle, and both of those are set to conclude in Revelations and we have the Desmond cycle, which is set to end on December 2012." said Amacio, "But there's many cycles within the brand - that's the whole point. History is our playground."
What does this mean for next year's Assassin's Creed title? How will Desmond's cycle end without Ezio and Altair? Perhaps we'll get some clues in Revelations when it's released on November 15.