E3 2011: Assassin’s Creed Revelations CG Trailer & Screenshots

June 7, 2011

By Andrew Burnes

Despite blowing the bloody doors off of Assassin’s Creed Revelations at E3 2011, Ubisoft has, according to representatives, only detailed a small portion of the game, such is its size and scope. With regards to the overall storyline we now know that a far older Ezio Auditore is forced to leave Italy to trace the footsteps of the franchise’s original Animus protagonist, Altair Ibn La’Ahad, to discover the location of his secret library filled with Eden info and a powerful artefact. This quest leads Ezio to Constantinople where he inevitably angers the Ottoman Empire, which unsurprisingly is in cahoots with the dastardly Templars. As for the real world, outside of the Animus, there’s no word on how the game picks up following the shocking conclusion of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, though judging by how Desmond is back in the Animus it’s unlikely that his fellow Assassin friends skinned his hide.

With age comes wisdom, and for Ezio, new and more impressive abilities. Specifically, Ezio’s free-running abilities are even better, making him more mobile and agile, despite his advanced age. Ezio can now zip down ropes and such with the aid of his hook blade, make use of new weapons and yet-to-be-detailed abilities, and use his enhanced Eagle Vision to see through smoke and darkness.

The biggest addition for Ezio is bomb crafting, allowing him to mix any bomb-making material found in the game world to create something useful. Ubisoft states that there aren’t any specific recipes that must be adhered to and that there are no ‘wrong’ combinations – each combo will create a bomb, though obviously some will be better than others. Materials can also be acquired from shops, giving players yet another opportunity to spend the Florins acquired from gameplay and the buy-upgrade-enhance city mechanic that’s so popular. The one example the studio is willing to talk about at this time is the smoke bomb, which will obscure vision of enemies, allowing Ezio to pick them off at will with his aforementioned Eagle Vision upgrade. Alternatively, use the smoke bomb to obscure a guard’s view of a specific area to slip past or commit an assassination without bringing forth the wrath of the entire city.

NPC Assassins are back, and unsurprisingly the mechanic has been upgraded. Now, players can customize each assassin, choosing their weapons and class, and now there are more missions to send them on with less generic objectives, and even some unique super missions as they reach milestones in their careers.

Following its success, the multiplayer component also returns. At E3, Ubisoft is letting attendees try out Manhunt, an eight-player, two-team mode where one team are predators seeking to kill their targets, and the other team is prey, seeking to evade their pursuers. The winner of the mode is the team that eliminates the enemies the fastest, and in the event of a draw, the most frequently. Each match lasts just eight minutes, and in the E3 demo there are four characters available – The Vanguard, a scout, spy, and Templar servant; The Guardian, an ideological fellow estranged from his royal Sultanate family; The Bombardier, a member of the Ottoman artillery corps and a Templar collaborator; and The Deacon, a religious leader shunned by the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, now seeking to undermine the church’s influence and further the Templar’s goals.

Ubisoft also announced three special editions of the game, each with different contents, and Ubisoft fails to mention pricing, they claim that all three should now be available to pre-order from your favourite game-selling store:

Collector’s Edition

  • The Collector box: break the Assassin seal to unveil its contents
  • An Artbook featuring 50 pages of illustrations and concept art related to the game.
  • Original game soundtrack
  • Assassin’s Creed Embers Movie: an animated short film
  • In-game content:
    • Explore the prison of legendary Vlad the Impaler, the scourge of Constantinople who inspired the myth of Dracula. Seek out the hanging cell of the infamous leader to retrieve his personal blade, a deadly close quarters dagger capable of dispatching any foe.
    • Play as two additional multiplayer characters: The Crusader & a new Harlequin revamped with a Constantinople flavour: the Ottoman Jester

Animus Edition

  • Behold the Animus Edition, holding secrets retrieved from the depths of the Animus
  • In-depth encyclopedia, with comprehensive entries on the major characters, events and other important aspects of the Assassin’s Creed universe.
  • Original game soundtrack
  • Assassin’s Creed Embers Movie: an animated short film
  • In-game content:
    • Explore the prison of legendary Vlad the Impaler, the scourge of Constantinople who inspired the myth of Dracula. Seek out the hanging cell of the infamous leader to retrieve his personal blade, a deadly close quarters dagger capable of dispatching any foe.
    • Capacity upgrades for your hidden gun bullets, bombs & crossbow arrows to give you a decisive advantage in battle.
    • Play as two additional multiplayer characters: The Crusader & a character from Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood revamped with a Constantinople flavour: the Ottoman Jester
    • The Armour of Brutus from Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
    • One exclusive customisation item

Special Edition

  • Exclusive packaging
  • Original game soundtrack
  • In-game content:
    • Turkish Assassin Armour
    • Play as two additional multiplayer characters: The Crusader & a character from Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood revamped with a Constantinople flavour: the Ottoman Doctor

June 8th Update: Ubisoft just sent us an in-game trailer entitled 'Desmond's Journey.' Turn the page to check it out, it's all very mysterious.

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