Sunday, May 8, 2011

Assassin's Creed: Revelations Coming in November

Hold on for a few months...
Check it out—Ubisoft is releasing a spanking new Assassin's Creed game this November.

According to Ubisoft's website:
In Assassin’s Creed Revelations, master assassin Ezio Auditore walks in the footsteps of his legendary mentor, Altaïr, on a journey of discovery and revelation. It is a perilous path – one that will take Ezio to Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire, where a growing army of Templars threatens to destabilize the region.
This is great news. I have been a big fan of all three Assassin's Creed games; I even played the first one all the way through twice, despite its many flaws.

Assassin's Creed II was a damn near perfect game, fixing the gameplay flaws of its predecessor and introducing a new main character with a fleshed-out backstory.

And Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood impressed me with how it managed to find a compelling way to continue a story that by all rights was over and make it just as obsessively fun to play.

I'm eager for the series to move on and finish the "main" storyline that involves Desmond in the present day. Presumably, that will come in Assassin's Creed III at some unknown time in the future.

Clearly, Ezio's part in that larger story ended in Assassin's Creed II. But dammit, Ezio is fun and his world is rich, so I'm up for some more.

I'm glad to see it will still take place in the Renaissance, and the change in setting from Italy to Constantinople may bring back some of the Near East exoticism of the first game.

I should be concerned with how quickly this game is coming out—not quite a year since the last game. But Brotherhood was developed in a similar timeframe, and except for being restricted to one location (Rome), it showed few signs of a rushed development cycle.

BioWare could maybe take a lesson from that when it develops its next Dragon Age game. Also, Valve might learn a lesson about prompt sequels.

Also, I'm guessing from the description that we may get to play, at least for a little bit, as Altair. Sweet memories...

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