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Assassin's Creed: Revelations Preview

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Scheduled release date:

November 15, 2011

Publisher:

Ubisoft

Developer:

Ubisoft Montreal

Number Of Players:

1-8

Genre:

Action/Adventure

Behind Uncharted, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed is my favorite franchise of the generation. It’s the combination of a gorgeous, unparalleled atmosphere and stealth-based freedom that always gets me. I’ve loved every second of the three installments thus far (yes, including the first one) and like many, I look forward to Revelations with bated breath. On the one hand, I think we’re edging too close to straight-up action but on the other, provided I can still play how I wish, I don’t mind if the twitchers have an option for them.

In the new adventure, Ezio is older and leaves Italy to find his ancestor’s secrets in Constantinople. His ancestor is – surprise! – Altair, the protagonist in the original Assassin’s Creed. Ezio sets out to find the five keys of Altair’s Library of Masyaf, each of which is like a miniature Animus, as they let Ezio move through time and experience the memories of his ancient predecessor. Of course, this means you’ll use Altair for part of the adventure, too, so there are three main characters this time around: Ezio, Altair, and the ever-present Desmond; our link to the modern day time period. In other words, we could be looking at a labyrinthine storyline.

Perhaps the biggest addition to the gameplay is bombs and bomb crafting. When you access certain stations set up around the city, you’ll be able to create one of three bomb types: ones for diversion, tactical explosions, and those that are just plain lethal. You combine a shell, type of gunpowder, and an effect material of some kind. You’ll find these materials scattered about in treasure chests, for instance, and Ezio can create everything from trip-mine bombs for patrolling enemies to bombs that scatter deadly shrapnel in all directions.

Another addition is the Hookblade, which lets your character slide along ropes stretched from one roof to another; it’s designed to speed up travel. Personally, I’ve never had a problem with the speed of the game, as running and walking around these beautifully designed cities is a major part of the appeal. I don’t necessarily need it to go whipping by me because my attention span is nil. But I can see how the Hookblade could prove extraordinarily helpful in certain situations, especially when you’re trying to escape pursuers or attempting to chase someone across the rooftops.

There will be a second weapon wheel to compensate for the many different bombs; we’ll choose a primary weapon from the first wheel and a specific bomb from the second. So I assume the simple smoke bombs (which were quite effective) will be moved to the second weapon wheel, right? Lastly, Ezio has upgraded his Eagle Vision, which hasn’t changed much throughout the series. It’ll now be called Eagle Sense, and we’ll be able to track a target’s path, which should be great for tailing. We can even get a glimpse of where the target plans to go.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is a collaborative effort; multiple studios under Ubisoft’s umbrella (including Singapore, Annecy, Quebec, and Bucharest) are responsible for what should be Ezio and Altair’s final quest(s). They’re working to implement a more streamlined type of gameplay where there will be an alteration to the missions. You’ll stumble upon them as you explore; they won’t always be fixed in a certain spot. I haven’t decided if I like that or not yet, but I can tell you one thing: this game is high on my priority list.

9/22/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

PasteNuggs
Thursday, September 22, 2011 @ 10:09:06 PM
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I really really hope that they are telling the truth when they say next years will be different. I really want a new awesome setting to run around in. Although they are taking us to Constantinople. I guess the thing to say is that I want a new era.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 22, 2011 @ 10:49:52 PM
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I'll be nice. Yayyyy Revelations. Can we get some new ideas for game names now though?

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FxTales
Thursday, September 22, 2011 @ 11:41:58 PM
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I was already looking forward to this, then a while back they released that that trailer with that dubstep track playing, so good. Anyway I look forward to this as much as U3, gonna be awesome.

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Neurotoxiny
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 12:11:32 AM
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Ubisoft won't let us down... they didn't let us down with Brotherhood, right? I'm sure they'll blow us away with this one! :)

Last edited by Neurotoxiny on 9/23/2011 12:11:51 AM

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FM23
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 12:35:32 AM

Agreed....Brotherhood was superior to AC2 in every category besides storytelling...kind of like GOW3 compared to GOW 1 and 2.

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Godslim
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 5:16:32 PM

so not that different then ;)

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AshT
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 1:12:36 AM
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Ben, for me too AC is the favorite after Uncharted, i can't wait for these two come Nov.

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Wendell
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 1:53:24 AM
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I am anxious to see the new facial tech in Revelations.

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___________
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 3:45:29 AM
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so cant wait for this!
i just hope it has a MUCH better story with a MUCH better ending then brotherhood, and that its a sh*t load better polished!
i had so many bugs in brotherhood i was starting to believe ubisoft outsourced the game to bethesda!

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D1g1tal5torm
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 4:20:37 AM
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High anticipation for this one.

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PSN French
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 5:15:09 AM
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The annual release of this franchise is already making me think I could get burnt out on this game before I even finish it.

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_valdips3_
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 5:31:12 AM
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brotrerhood as just a expansion, revelations focus obvios is the multiplayer, so maybe next year i give it a try.

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bebestorm
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 8:41:00 AM
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I can't wait to continue Ezio's story and this series keeps getting better and better. Im hoping the next game focuses on a new ancestor.

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TrophyHunter
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 9:29:45 AM
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Just finished brotherhood a few days ago, definitely will get this one but not a D1P for me

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D1g1tal5torm
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 10:25:09 AM
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As long as it's interesting - I'll keep buying it....

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mike rlz
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 11:42:49 AM
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i love this series. hey, pay no mind to the guy with the cape hood and sword 'blending in' with the crowd :P

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Godslim
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 4:54:04 PM
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played it today its basically like the rest of the ac games u know what to expect lol

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Epimetheus
Saturday, September 24, 2011 @ 4:35:55 PM
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I'll say it again, they should totally set "Assassin's Creed III" in Asia ... can you say ninjas?

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Gravelight
Monday, September 26, 2011 @ 8:53:16 PM
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Already tried it. It's the same as Brotherhood, it is entirely dumb to me. The same crap over and over as well as the same graphics over and over. Assassin's Creed is finished in my book.

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