Those sneaky Assassins. They wear their cool white robes, have those nifty hidden arm blades and manage to drip every ounce of life from each member of the order.

After three years of Assassin’s Creed 2′s Ezio Auditore, Ubisoft is finally ready to move on, but not from their annual release cycle.

The publisher today announced, during an earnings call, the first bit of information about the series: a release date of October 30th, and nothing more. For fans, moving on from Ezio means a huge step in the series which, according to less gentle critics, has stagnated. Despite two semi-sequels to Assassin’s Creed 2, the latest in the series, Assassin’s Creed Revelations sold 7 million units and was the 7th best selling title in calendar year 2011.

As a huge fan of the series, I’m eager to see where (and when) Ubisoft takes us next. Until we know more, we’ll just have to resquiescat in pace.