"Too much pirating, not enough assassinating," is one of the possible reactions to any of Assassin Creed IV: Black Flag's thirteen bajillion trailers so far. Not from me, of course, because I think high-seas looting sounds great. For those of a more stabby inclination, here's the video you've been waiting for. This multiplayer trailer is packed full of violence. And also the band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, for some inexplicable reason.
Third person stabby
As worthy a goal as liberation may be, most of us aren't going bother if it means dealing with those ugly "low" definitions. Not only that, but playing Assassin's Creed 3 spin-off Liberations would have meant buying a PS Vita, which, according to sales figures, is not something a lot of people have done. Perhaps because of this fact, Ubisoft have announced Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD; appending the near-meaningless suffix to an upgraded version of the game that's due for release on PC and the less portable consoles.
Hideo Kojima has revealed that Konami will be bringing Platinum's emo-cyborg starring, ridiculous subtitle containing, third-person action slasher Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance to PCs. He made the announcement on the Hideradio podcast. At least, I'm told he did. Not speaking Japanese, it's hard to be sure. Luckily, English confirmation soon followed from Platinum creative producer JP Kellams.
Assassin's Creed 3 will squash the American Revolution onto 17GB of hard drive space according to the minimum system specs carried by Kotaku. That's a hefty chunk of data. Hopefully it's all made up of high resolution textures to make the PC edition shine. It won't run on XP, if you're still using that, but the rest of the requirements look nice and manageable.
The PC version is coming out a short while after the console edition on November 20 in the US and November 23 in Europe. Find out how it plays in our recent Assassin's Creed 3 hands-on account. Early indications suggest that it's going to be a very uncomfortable time for everyone wearing a red coat. At least the blood won't show.
To the soldier who stabs a man in the face three times in this trailer. Just STOP you maniac! He's ALREADY DEAD. The War of the Roses was a brutal scrap for the throne in 15th century England which, in spite of its name, wasn't the least bit romantic. The Tudors stabbed their enemies so hard that they went on to rule for more than a hundred years after its conclusion, which makes it a good setting for some violent multiplayer battles.
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.
Some Darksider 2 developers gather on THE PLAINS OF LIMBO to chat about the sequel's new hero, Death. Compared to his brother, War, he's more agile, more serious and more purple. He has access to niftier weaponry as well, including his "Swiss Army Scythe," a pair of vicious sickles that can combine into a mighty scythe at Death's will. The first Darksiders had some decent demon-bashing. A speedier, more exotic hero should liven up the formula a bit.
Shortly before Christmas, Square Enix filed for a trademark that suggests a title for the Hitman game set to arrive after Absolution. The name? Hitman: Profession. Siloconera spotted the trademark application, which will likely be the working title for the new Hitman game in development at Square Enix' recently opened Montreal Studio.
Hitman: Profession would be a terrible name, but the trademark coincides with a spate of unusual odd upcoming game titles...
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?
"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?
The evil gods of Chaos tend to use fear and the promise of power immortality to motivate their warriors, but it turns out all they really need is an experience system and a linear series of unlocks. THQ are setting out to prove this with a new lump of paid DLC for Space Marine's recently added co-op survival mode, Exterminatus.
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?
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.