Gaming blog Kotaku is running a rumor that the next "Assassin's Creed" console game -- slated for release some time in the next 13 months -- will move the franchise from the time of the Crusades to the Italian Renaissance. A focus tester gives the blog details. We normally don't run other people's rumors, but, in this case, the details about the setting match what we've heard from a reliable source of our own. I've reached out to "Assassin's Creed" publisher Ubisoft for comment.
UPDATE - Here's Ubi's comment, via a company spokesperson: "It’s great to see that the fans are enjoying speculation regarding 'Assassin’s Creed' and we love and share their enthusiasm. We don’t comment on rumors or speculation, and rest assured that when we are ready to release information on the game, you will be among the first to know."