In an interview with Eurogamer, Associate Producer Julien Laferriere said that Ezio was the star of three games rather than just one "because people loved Ezio."
He adds: ""The more you know about Connor the more you'll love him, but in the end we'll see what the reception is like." He refers to the protagonist of Assassin's Creed III, Connor Kenway, also known as Ratonhnhaké:ton.
According to Lafarriere, there has been a team working on Assassin's Creed III since 2009, when Assassin's Creed II was released. The launch of two sequels starring Ezio - Brotherhood and Revelations - in 2010 and 2011 respectively allowed the series to remain an annualised release without compromising on the quality of the 'true' next entry in the franchise.
He finishes on a note of solidarity: "We wouldn't want to let down the franchise and release crappy games."
Assassin's Creed III, potentially the first game in a new Connor Kenway mini-series, is set for release on 30th October in the USA, and 31st October in the UK, on PS3 and Xbox 360. PC and Wii U versions of the game will follow.