Assassin's Creed 2 details leaked?

Source: The GameFAQs forums, relating information from a since-deleted Ubisoft message board post.What we heard: On Monday, Ubisoft set the gears of the Assassin's Creed 2 hype machine in motion, launching a teaser site for the sequel to 2007's well-received multiplatform action adventure. Visitors...

Source: The GameFAQs forums, relating information from a since-deleted Ubisoft message board post.

What we heard: On Monday, Ubisoft set the gears of the Assassin's Creed 2 hype machine in motion, launching a teaser site for the sequel to 2007's well-received multiplatform action adventure. Visitors to the site are greeted with a brief Flash clip panning through the journal of famed Italian inventor Leonardo da Vinci. The short teaser ends with word that a full review of Assassin's Creed 2 is expected to arrive with the upcoming issue of Game Informer magazine, which is owned by retailer GameStop.

On its Web site today, Game Informer confirmed that Assassin's Creed 2 will indeed be the cover story of its upcoming issue. The site also noted in a brief blurb that the title will be set in "Renaissance-era Venice" and will follow the travails of new protagonist Ezio, a young Italian noble. For more on its "world exclusive," the blurb teases, gamers will have to spring for the May issue of the mag...

...or wait until the Internet gets its collective hands on it a week early. Yesterday, a poster on Ubisoft's official forums offered a detailed accounting of purported Assassin's Creed 2 information that will be included in the May issue of Game Informer. (Before the post was deleted by a Ubisoft forums administrator, a GameFAQs user secured a copy of the original message.)

The post offers a litany of alleged details on Assassin's Creed 2. According to the original message, the game will offer a number of famous Venetian locales, including da Vinci's workshop, Saint Mark's Basilica, The Grand Canal, The Little Canal, and the Rialto Bridge. Players will also supposedly be afforded trips through the Tuscan countryside, circa 1476. A number of historical figures will also reportedly be present, including Niccolo Machiavelli, Caterina Sofrza, and Lorenzo de Medici, the latter of which is said to be the subject of an assassination attempt.

Ezio--full name Ezio Auditore de Firenze--will apparently have a number of weapons to choose from, including "an axe, a hammer, a mace, a spear, two different sword types, a [halberd], and two smaller blades." Each weapon is said to have a special move associated with it, and Ezio will be able to disarm opponents and use their fumbled weaponry against them.

Continuing with the Venice theme, swimming will reportedly be an option in the game. And, as speculated following Ubisoft's official teaser, the leaked details claim that Ezio will be able to take to the skies using da Vinci's flying machine. The report also states that a day-and-night cycle has been added to the game.

Moving on to specific gameplay details, the Game Informer reveal will also reportedly say that Assassin's Creed will sport 16 mission types, a dramatic increase over the original's four. Two mission types supposedly not included, however, will be eavesdropping and pickpocketing. A number of new enemy types are said to have been added, including archers, "as well as elite enemies, dagger wielders, 'Brutish' armored troops with heavy armor and two-handed swords and axes, and an intelligent halberd enemy will probe hiding places with their weapons if they think you're nearby."

The post goes on to state that Assassin's Creed 2 will also include a number of holdover mechanics from the original, including tower climbing and horseback riding, and assassinations can now reportedly be performed while Ezio is concealed in a stack of hay. Hidden objects will also return, though the report indicates that players will gain in-game benefits by hunting them down this time around.

The official story: "I can confirm that the information in the upcoming Game Informer magazine is factually correct," a word-mincing Ubisoft representative told GameSpot.

Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus. However, it's impossible to say with certainty whether the forum poster was accurate in his details until Game Informer hits newsstands next week.

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RavenRock6
RavenRock6

*disgustedly*All good games are rated M.

philisdong
philisdong

The repetitive game play really got to me in the first game...Hopefully they will fix it...if they want to continue their success.

Rivango_Wolf
Rivango_Wolf

dude that would be sweet, gonna be amazing. they should use more with the left bumper and the right bumper. they had no controls. that would be the pulling someone over prolly. hopefully it turns out bodacious

AJ-2K7
AJ-2K7

i know they are putting day/night cycles in but i just hope that they'll put in proper stealth moves like crouching and hanging off a balcony then pulling someone over the edge when they walk past. stuff like that.

BernardGra
BernardGra

Im excited about this game, i just hope that it wont get so repetitive like the fistone, but i think that will be resolved with the 16 mission types, at least i hope so. Day and Noght cycles is a good idea too finnaly you can come from the shadows! =)

benashley
benashley

I really hope the bit about "Ezio will be able to take to the skies using da Vinci's flying machine" is false, thats sounds really lame. Also an axe, spear and halbert don't really sound like silent efficient assassins weapons, but we'll see. Being able to sneak around at night sounds cool.

DrZaf
DrZaf

The Game looks sick but I think this Ezio guy looks pretty gay But im confident that theyll fix him up before the release

foxtek
foxtek

lots of hype behind this, hope its not a letdown like most of today's sequels.

ChaosNataku
ChaosNataku

Well they certainly have an expanded inventory. I wonder if you allocate the weapons to the D-pad now. Well, I suppose they're going to have to. But assassinating from haystacks? Cool.

Technus90
Technus90

I just hope this doesn't feel as repetitive then the first one. The only reason I played through the whole first game was because of the abilities at your disposal. The fighting was awesome and this info for gets my blood pumping i just can't wait for thiPr

kaliban
kaliban

I think the whole series is going to end with the player finally taking Desmond on assassinations when all his ancestral skills sync with him. @ ebgamesnake112 Ezio has all his fingers because he's a noble and I'm assuming that that is a fairly public life, so this time around the main ancestor is not a full time 'living in the shadows' assassin. Not to start off with anyway. Having a finger remove, ceremoniously, traditionally or for any other reason would just be causing the opposite effect of being discreet. Plus it's the renaissance man!

voidmind
voidmind

What I want is multiplayer. A lot of multiplayer game modes would have been awesome in AC 1

Adrianberggreen
Adrianberggreen

The reason why he has all his fingers is the he does not need to sacrifice one to carry this instrument DUH

blacgragon
blacgragon

Can't wait for dis!! i hope the improve and make it better than the first one

F3l1P3
F3l1P3

hope they improve the UI cause the GPS kinda confused me, also when selecting a tarjet (like a guard), just details, also more variety to the assassinating stuff, like poisoning, maybe drown or something else than using the katar .-.

btrtoast
btrtoast

I have this issue of GameInformor 'cause I subscribed to it. It looks so badass!!!!! I can't wait!!!!

thk123
thk123

@Advanced_Koko8 No where, just someone in a previous comment did :P

Pizzapants
Pizzapants

CANT WAIT!!!!! IS GONNA BE DA BOMB!!

altairPWK
altairPWK

Oh....my....god.... I knew Ubisoft was going to let us assassinate from the haystack! I can't wait!

altairPWK
altairPWK

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

KEDERZ
KEDERZ

i agree with beefman555, Balrumrules sounds like an utter t**t. also this game is gunna b sick.

ebgamesnake112
ebgamesnake112

Can someone tell me why Ezio has all his fingers? What is this!?!?!?

dr_eggman_789
dr_eggman_789

Looks like the leak was spot on. The Game Informer for this month said the exact same thing.

deathburger13
deathburger13

not sure how the heavy weapons are gonna work, but hopefully it'll make combat even better

CountGrafOrlok
CountGrafOrlok

I think the viral idea of breathing life into games like assassins creed 2 is a badass idea! kudos!

instinctgamer54
instinctgamer54

yup, that is treu and the GI magazine is released today (16 april)

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

sounds amazing but the weapons they mentioned don't sound like the perfect kind of weapons someone can use for a stealthy assassination. still this game is going to be one to look forward to. i loved the first one :D

wayens
wayens

just got my GI mag today, looks cool, so how many ancestors are there going to be before the kid finally frees himself? ;p

Beefman555
Beefman555

@BalramRules Nothing you said made any sense or has any relevance to this at all. First of all, what the hell does DC universe have to do with this? and you are a huge moron if you actually think this is connected to MGS in any way. Where the hell do you come up with this completely retarded information??? Do you come up with this stuff on your own????? Please, tell me, you have completely confirmed my loss of faith in the sanity of the human race.

BalramRules
BalramRules

DC Universe is better, plus the game is a bit racist for some but unfortunately this did occur in the past, but not all of it, most of it is in fact fictional, ha ha Ubisoft! : ), it's said to collide with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Plus that's a PlayStation Exclusive, so Ubisoft maybe hinting they're planning to make a deal with Sony to be an exclusive : 0 who knows???

Mimogrede
Mimogrede

I like how the added the hidden blade on both of the arms ^^

Chronologo
Chronologo

I find kinda strange the leaking info... maybe it's just an strategy to build the hype, we'll have to wait until the game is out to see if the hype was correct

luwelui
luwelui

I liked the first one, yes it was somewhat repetitive but enjoyable. SPOILER - I do like the idea of a different person in the second one because they are still trying to look at Desmond's memory but with him escaping you wonder what direction it will be going. I see this as just the second of a trilogy.

Alpha_Wolf_86
Alpha_Wolf_86

if you guys paid attention to the first game you'll realize that this is another generation of assassins most likely related to altair or that "Mr. Miles". They didn't really get rid of altair. It's just a different name, and he will most likely speak (Americanized) English no matter where the game takes place.

Devilboy96744
Devilboy96744

pokemonnerd it will probably tie into the story of altair and it wouldnt be surprising if they brought him back for a 3rd game

pokemonnerd-22
pokemonnerd-22

why did they get rid of altair he was awesome and the way the 1st ended how can they make a new character