Another Ubisoft survey seems to be once again hinting at the future of Assassin's Creed games. Riding high from the release of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, this one explores more pirating opportunities--including the possibility of removing the pirate aspect from Assassin's Creed altogether.
IGN reports that the fan survey asks if a pirate game should be its own franchise. It asks which aspects would be the most important: a customizable character, ship, and hideout, a revised economy, and more activities on land or at sea. It also gauges interest in cooperative and multiplayer naval missions, like sailing alongside or fighting against your friends.
Back on the issue of Assassin's Creed specifically, it asks if players would like to see a modern-day hero, along with which features are considered "must haves" for the next game. Those include options like a new historical setting, the ability to enter buildings seamlessly, more stealth, and the ability to influence the look of the city.
None of this is necessarily a signal for the next game, but Ubisoft surveys sometimes tip the company's hand. They outed Rayman Legends and the Assassin's Creed 3 setting. The most recent survey, conducted after Assassin's Creed 3, gauged interest in co-op play, but that feature only appeared in special multiplayer modes in AC4.