You ask, and we deliver. Heatkarma, this one's for you. It's the Assassins Creed: Revelations first look!
Martin Schelling, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Producer, sets the scene: "In Ezio's final chapter, he is on a personal quest for the secrets left behind by the legendary Altair". So it looks like this game more than any of the others in the series will tie together the destinies of the two assassins.
At the Ubisoft conference, we were shown what could only be the opening cinematic from the new game, that takes us from Italy back east, this time to Constantinople and the home of the Ottoman Empire. A bearded Ezio sails for Turkey, and we see what might be the ancient monastery of the hashashim. Ezio is captured by overwhelming odds and dragged before a man who looks like he's going to be important - perhaps the villain of the piece? From time to time, Ezio catches sight of the ghost of Altair. Whether this will actually become a gameplay feature remains to be seen...
In the second demo, we were back in Constantinople, and this time it was all in-game footage. The city looks to be an exquisitely detailed environment, as is usual for the series, with plenty of sticky out bits to grab and swing from, and no doubt lots of haywains to land in. Bazaar vendors shout and hawk their wares, giving life to the city. Faced by a couple of unsuspecting guards Ezio uses a bomb to take them out of commission without even breaking his stride. Facing up against a couple more enemies on a jetty, we see the Ezio has some awesome new finishing moves. And is that a crossbow on his back?
Using a bomb to destroy the chain tower that blockades the port, and a shipboard prow-mounted flamethrower, it's not long until Ezio has escaped the city, leaving the Ottoman Turks wondering just what hit them. Freerunning not exciting enough for you? How about freerunning across the decks of burning, sinking ships, while being chased by the elite Turkish Janissary guards? The fluid, faultless parkour-inspired environment-as-playground that is the backbone of the series looks to be taken a step forward with collapsing terrain creating a dynamic, ever-changing arena for Ezio to show off his 1337 skills.
Ezio should be returning to our screens in November 2011.
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