Ubisoft has confirmed that it will release a new Assassin's Creed game this year on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
As rumoured, the title will be called Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and will be the first AC title offer online multiplayer.
Brotherhood will be released in 'late' 2010 and has been developed by Ubisoft Montreal Studio in collaboration with Ubisoft studios in Singapore, Bucharest, Québec City and Annecy - who are best known for developing Splinter Cell Chaos Theory's Multiplayer.
As predicted, the title sees the return of Assassin's Creed 2 hero Ezio in a struggle against the Templar Order. Now a legendary Master Assassin, he must journey to Rome and take on his enemy.
As well as one-on-one battles, Ezio will also 'command an entire Brotherhood', according to Ubisoft - suggesting a more tactical element to the game.
In online multiplayer, players can choose to fight for The Templars - using Abstergo to train in the art of Assassination to eliminate Ezio's Assassins once and for all.
Ubisoft adds that: 'Players can choose from a wide range of unique characters, each with their own signature weapons and assassination techniques, and match their skills against other players from all over the world in different game modes.'
A second screenshot has emerged for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, via a pre-order incentive at US retailer, GameStop.
Pre-ordering the Assassin's spin-off at GameStop will see you gain access to the Harlequin multiplayer character, which scares the living daylights out of us.
"Behind the gaudy costume and twisted smile lies the soul of a merciless Assassin. You call yourself the Harlequin. Your victims will call you a walking nightmare," reads the retail blurb.