There "will be something around Assassin's [Creed]" released next year, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told investors last night. "That's the only thing we can say."

The publisher offered no further detail on what the game will be, but CFO Alain Martinez added: "Maybe after Christmas in January we'll be able to talk about what kind of product we have."

It's all part of Ubisoft's plan to roll-out major franchises each year.

"We want to come out every year with three or four major brands that will deliver a high level of profitability," said Guillemot. "That's the goal we have today."

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will be released on Friday.

Comments made overnight by Ubisoft are almost a match for what the publisher said this time last year in a quarterly earnings call.

CFO Alain Martinez, speaking of what we now know to be Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, said: "There might be something around Assassin's Creed."

With franchise title HAWX 2 and new IP RUSE performing below expectations, it's hardly surprising Ubisoft wants to annualise its most successful franchise.