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 Revelations
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.
We've got a new Assassin's Creed Revelations trailer! This one does a cracking job of filling in the plot leading up to the beginning of Revelations without clogging up your brain with miscellaneous info. It makes it all sound a bit Quantum Leap actually, albeit with less catchy music.
But sadly our review won't be uploaded for a while. You might have spotted a few console reviews of Revelations hitting but we only just received the PC build of Revelations this morning. And we're not that quick. We'll have more on Assassin's Creed Revelations soon.
Here's some good news for those of us waiting patiently for Assassin's Creed Revelations to tip-toe onto PC in a few weeks. Ubisoft have told RPS that Revelations won't have their dreaded always-on DRM system that required players to be constantly connected to the internet, even during a single player campaign.
It's a bit of a turnaround from Ubisoft's position this summer, when they told us that the always-online DRM was "a success" that had led to “a clear reduction in piracy of our titles which required a persistent online connection." Thankfully for us, they didn't listen to themselves.
"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.
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 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?
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?
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.
"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.
The latest Assassin's Creed Revelations trailer tells the story of the hookblade, which is slightly more complicated than "once upon a time there was a piece of sharp metal, and then someone put a bend in it." Actually, wait, it really IS that simple. As the master assassin of Constantinople tells Ezio "The standard Ottoman hookblade comes in two parts, you see, the hook, AND the blade. So you can use one, OR the other!" An elegant design indeed. The fact that you can use them to sail down ziplines is almost as brilliant as the idea of a cabal of assassin's setting up a secret zipline network without anyone noticing. Assassin's Creed Revelations is out on December 2.
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.
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?
Ubisoft have released a trailer for their Assassin's Creed encyclopaedia; a project which will attempt to explain the fictional timeline of the ages old conflict between the Assassins and the Templars. The video promises more information on Subject 16, Desmond's mysterious predecessor, and introduces a new female assassin called Shao Jun.
However, some sharp eyed folk on Reddit have also spotted artwork for an American Civil War era assassin in the background of the video. Skip to 4.40 on the video to see it, or check inside for a freeze frame.
The encyclopaedia will be including the the 'animus edition' for Assassin's Creed: Revelations when it is released on November 15th. Alternatively you can order it separately from Ubi Workshop.
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.
Altair and Ezio rarely miss a beat when it comes to killing. Their martial arts skills have come a long way since Assassin's Creed 1, when Altair's deadliest move was to quietly shank his target in the back and calmly wander off as his victim slowly keeled over. Now he's a whirly-kicky superhero followed around by a fat beat. Spectacular stuff. Assassin's Creed Revelations is due out on November 15.
The latest Assassin's Creed Revelations trailer shows six minutes of in-game footage, in which Ezio sets fire to an entire shipyard to escape a port. It's a slightly longer version of the footage shown at the Ubisoft press conference at E3 this year, and shows an older, more explodey Ezio tossing bombs around like they're cupcakes and generally making a big fuss, which is what Assassin's are supposed to do, right? Assassin's Creed Revelations is out on November 15 in the US, and November 18 internationally, and is also the cover feature of this month's issue of PC Gamer UK, out now.
On our cover this month: master assassin Ezio, not quite managing to hide in plain sight. We were going to ask him to smile, but then we realised he has more knives than fingers, and thought better of it. The star of new Ezio is older, more experienced and deadlier than ever. Find out the truth that lies behind the beard in the massive feature on Assassin's Creed Revelations, in the latest issue of PC Gamer UK.
It's not all about assassins, of course. This month we delve into Dwarf Fortress, chat to Bioware about writing The Old Republic, review all the latest releases and much, much more. Read on to discover the treasures hidden within the pages of our July issue.
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.
More in-game footage cribbed from Ubisoft's press conference yesterday shows Assassin's Creed Revelations being played on the big screen. In terms of movement, combat, and animation, it looks exactly the same as the well-received Brotherhood, but Ezio (still a sprightly fellow at 50) has a new trick up his literal sleeve. The video shows his hook-blade, a handy fast-travel device that lets him connect to ziplines across Constantinople (Istanbul in modern Turkey) and whizz about the place. See the second half of the trailer after this invisible line, and we've also put up the gorgeous CGI trailer for your delectation.