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Assassin's Creed 3 gets debut trailer, new engine, release date

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The debut Assassin's Creed 3 trailer suggests that Ubisoft are planning to take Assassin's Creed to the wide open plains and forests of early America. Up until now they've relied on heavily built-up cities to support its assassins' free-running style, from the behaviour of our new hero in this trailer, it looks as though we'll be vaulting through trees instead.

It won't all be countryside, though. Ubisoft promise a range of locations from the "untamed frontier" to "bustling chaotic towns" and even scenes set on battlefields like the one shown at the end of the trailer. We'll be playing as "Ratohnaké:ton," aka "Connor," an assassin of "Native American and English heritage."


Assassin's Creed 3 is official, will be set in the American Revolution

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Ubisoft PR chap Jay Acevedo has tweeted an image that looks like boxart for Assassin's Creed 3, officially confirming earlier rumours that the next game would be set in the American Revolution. It shows the assassin star of this morning's concept art axe murdering a soldier as the revolution rages behind him. Click "read and comment" to see the whole thing.


Assassin's Creed 3 poster teases American Revolution setting

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A poster sent to Kotaku suggests that the next Assassin's Creed will be set during the American Revolution. The image shows an assassin in the classic peaked hood of the brotherhood of assassins posing with a pistol and an axe in front of the early continental flag, pegging the setting for 18 century US. Game Informer also briefly published a banner image showing the same assassin posing with George Washington. It's since been pulled, but not before a NeoGaf user grabbed a screenshot.

Ubisoft are warming up for a big reveal as well. A post on the Assassin's Creed Facebook page says that "a major announcement from Assassin’s Creed is only days away." They recommend keeping an eye on the official Assassin's Creed site for details. GDC is set to start within the week, that seems as good a time as any for Ubisoft to blow the lid on the sequel. You'll find the poster sent to Kotaku below, note the interesting Native American vibe.


Ubisoft server switch to render always-online DRM games unplayable next week

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Ubisoft are having a bit of a hardware reshuffle next week, according to Eurogamer, which means major disruption to their DRM servers.

Games that use Ubisoft's always-online DRM system ping these constantly to reassure the publishers that you're not a pirate. That means that next week's switchover will render Tom Clancy's HAWX 2, Might & Magic: Heroes 6 and The Settlers 7 unplayable for an unknown period of time. The servers are set to go down on February 7. Ubisoft don't say when they'll be back up again.


Assassin's Creed Revelations review

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Well somebody at Ubisoft’s been watching Inception. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations begins with chronically plank-faced protagonist Desmond washing up on a sad-looking desert island. He’s told, by a digital ghost, that this is the default setup of the device that lets him explore his past lives – the Animus. Essentially, he’s trapped inside an autoexec.bat file.

But in a move that would make Christopher Nolan blush, while you control Desmond’s Renaissance ancestor Ezio in Constantinople, Ezio is himself discovering magical memory-unlocking keys left behind by his 12th century ancestor Altair. If time travelling, science-fiction oddness is what put you off Assassin’s Creed in the past, prepare to groan a decade of groans as Revelations routinely expends drastic countermeasures trying to avoid doing what it does best.


Assassin's Creed survey lists possible settings for future titles

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A number of Assassin's Creed fans have received a survey asking them where they'd like to see Assassin's Creed set. It's multiple choice, which means we get to see the options that Ubisoft are considering. Eurogamer got hold of a screenshot of the survey from Empire State Gamers, which offers eight different settings that range from Medieval China to the American revolution and Victorian London. But which is your favourite?


Assassin's Creed 3 to be set in Egypt?

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The latest issue of PSM3 contains some interesting rumours regarding the future of the Assassin's Creed series, hinting that Assassin's Creed 3 could be set in ancient Egypt. The rumours have been spread by the ending of Assassin's Creed: Revelations, so beware of spoilers below the cut.


Assassin's Creed Revelations trailer celebrates late November launch

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"There comes a time in every man's life when revenge is not enough" grunts the Assassin's Creed Revelations launch trailer. That time came for me yesterday when my housemate ate the last cupcake, for Ezio, that time will come on November 29 when Assassin's Creed Revelations hits PC in the US, and on December 2 for those in Europe. No series does hitting men in the back of the head with maces better, and the third entry in the Assassin's Creed 2 trilogy should hopefully answer some big questions. Will Ezio get the answers he seeks? how does his fate tie in with Altair's? Will Desmond get a personality? If we don't find out this time round, there's always next year's entry.


Assassin's Creed Revelations trailer tours the streets of Constantinople

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All of the trailers for Assassin's Creed Revelations have so far concentrated on Ezio and Altair's interweaving story. There is an important third character that has been left out, the city of Constantinople itself. It has all the right ingredients for an Assassin's Creed city, rival rebellious factions, a clash of cultures, power struggles at the top and a sense of simmering social unrest.

More importantly, it'll also have lots of convenient poles, sturdy hanging flower baskets and an insensible number of minarets to climb. I was bouncing around Rome's crumbling Colosseum in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood last night, and it looks as though Ubisoft have significantly improved on the level of detail in their architecture for Revelations. It's out at the start of December after a bit of a delay on PC, filling in the gap between Batman: Arkham City and Star Wars: The Old Republic quite nicely.


Assassin's Creed Revelations trailers show multiplayer murder

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Assassin's Creed Revelation's multiplayer mode has its own context and ongoing plot line that will reveal itself between matches as you level up and become more powerful. You play as the baddies, Templar trainees looking to learn the arts of murder by murdering each other repeatedly in the Animus.

The genetic memory machine is a great conceit, allowing characters from any point in history to dive into the past's most famous cities for a spot of deathmatch. The trailer above reveals a number of different modes, including a version of capture the flag in which assassins must capture enemy relics and race back to their own base, with everyone in pursuit. See a second multiplayer trailer below. Does anyone else find the narrator's voice incredibly familiar?


Assassin's Creed Revelations trailer leads a dance of death

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For a game all about killing, Assassin's Creed has some of the funkiest trailers around. Revelations is set to land in an extremely busy release period, arriving on November 29, just a few weeks after Skyrim. And Batman: Arkham City. And Modern Warfare 3. Will Altair and Ezio's adventures in Constantinople be overlooked?

Hopefully not, as it looks like it could be the biggest and most varied of the Assassin's Creed games so far, with several parallel storylines snaking through different period of history, new gadgets, new foes and a vast new city to explore. Will you be saving your money for Assassin's Creed Revelations, or will one of the other big releases get it first?


Assassin's Creed Revelations trailer crafts bombs in Constantinople

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Get with the 16th century, Ezio! What do you mean you've never heard of a shrapnel packed tripwire bomb? They're all the rage these days among the assassins of Constantinople. The Templars seem to have grown from a sinister behind the scenes force infiltrating the upper echelons of the world's most powerful regimes into a loose collection of artfully armoured jerks who go around menacing peasants and stealing their apples. The Ottoman assassins idea of a proportionate response to this is a lethal explosive, but their experimental bombs look more interesting, the coin bomb that sends peasants scrambling for loose change is especially neat.


Assassin's Creed Revelations trailer puts Ezio on Altair's trail

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"When I started this fight, I did not think that it would span a lifetime," says Ezio. But then Assassin's Creed 2 sold so well, and he's had to come back for one game, and now another. That's no bad thing. Ezio's charm and exuberance has gradually turned into grizzled awesomeness. Now he has to track down the clues left by his more boring and angsty ancestor, Altair, and figure out what the hell is going on with those ancient gods and magic orbs, and all that stuff about the garden of Eden. The Assassin's Creed Revelations PC release date was pushed back recently. It'll now arrive on December 2.


Assassin's Creed Revelations release date pushed back on PC

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The release of the PC version of Assassin's Creed Revelations has been delayed by a couple of weeks. It'll hit consoles on November 15, but Eurogamer report that the PC version will come out on December 2.

So that's another Ubisoft gamed delayed on PC. From Dust, Call of Juarez: The Cartel and Driver: San Francisco have all received similar delays. It could be worse, though. Previous Assassin's Creed games have taken months to reach our machines. We should just start mentally adding a few weeks to every Ubisoft release date to avoid future disappointment.


Assassin's Creed Revelations trailer shows death in multiplayer, is mostly stabbing

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This Assassin's Creed Revelations trailer from Gamespot claims to show every way in which you can die in Assassin's Creed Revelation's sneaky, stabby multiplayer mode. Kills have become more brutal and acrobatic with each edition of the series, but the latest bunch of killers are especially horrible. They're not assassins anymore, they're axe murderers. How did the guy at 1:22 manage to sneak up to victim with such an enormous weapon?


Assassin's Creed Revelations trailer shows Ezio's Altair-ego

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Here's a nice long chunk of in-game footage from the upcoming Assassin's Creed Revelations. The revelation in question is almost certainly something insane to do with aliens, or time travel, or "genetic memory." More exciting is the ability to play as both Ezio and Altair. In Revelations, Ezio's the grey veteran and Altair's the violent young upstart. Ezio's still better, though. His age hasn't slowed him down, and he can throw bombs. He is truly a master of stealth.


E3 2011: Assassin's Creed Revelations Desmond trailer brings the freaky

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Don't say we didn't warn you. We're warning you now. The latest Assassin's Creed Revelations trailers is packed with spoilers for anyone who hasn't completed Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. If you have completed it, or don't care about spoilers, click up there. There's some freaky stuff going down.


Assassin's Creed Revelations trailer shows road to E3

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Ubisoft have kicked off a series of Assassin's Creed dev diaries in the run up to E3 with a fun look behind the scenes in the studio. The dev team on information lock down, but here are a few things that they do manage to confirm over the course of the video, spotted by VG247: "Crowd stuff." Cutscenes. "Red" music. Whatever it is they're not showing, the team seem very confident, aiming for a game of the show award. We'll get to judge them soon when E3 hits San Francisco on June 7.


Assassin's Creed Revelations being developed by six studios, movie planned

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Six studios across the world are working on Assassin's Creed Revelations, combining to form one of the largest development team Ubisoft have ever had working on one of their games. What's more, a seventh studio has announced that they will be making an Assassin's Creed film to run alongside the series.


Assassin's Creed Revelations revealed: launches on PC in November

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Ubisoft have just sent word that the latest in the  Assassin's Creed saga, Revelations, will be released this year, and it looks like it's coming to PC at the same time as the console versions, this November. And the screenshot above is the first image from the game.

The single player story will form part of the Ezio trilogy, but Ubisoft reveal that Altair will also be playable. You'll be travelling to Constantinople where "a growing army of Templars threatens to destabilize the region". Which is nice. The multiplayer mode added in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is set to be expanded, and Game Informer has word of "a brand new weapon and tool that changes the way you'll fight and traverse the world." We're hoping that means web slinging.