Assassin's Creed Pre-E3 Update

Ubisoft showed off next to nothing new on the hotly anticipated action game at its recent event, but you knew we were going to write about it anyway.

At Ubisoft's recent "Ubidays" press event in San Francisco, the company showed off in-the-flesh, often playable versions of its hottest fall releases, like Tom Clancy's EndWar, Haze, and Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway. But Ubisoft's most highly awaited game, Assassin's Creed, was nowhere to be seen on the event floor. The company instead sated attended press with a brief presentation by producer Jade Raymond and a scant few seconds of new gameplay footage. Honestly, we couldn't glean much in the way of hard details from the trailer, but of course we're going to report on any new public exhibition of such a sought-after game, however slight. Besides, we'll cut Ubisoft a little slack on this one, since the company is promising a public hands-on demo of the game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in just about six weeks.

First of all, the new trailer doesn't even touch on the science fiction tie-in at the end of last year's E3 demo. Raymond says fans will have to wait until even after this year's E3 to find out anything more about the game's potentially time-traveling or otherwise futuristically influenced plot twist (though we're betting we won't find out what's really going on until we play through the game for ourselves). We do get to see more new cities from the Crusades (set roughly from 1100 to 1300), such as Jerusalem and Damascus, as well as an area Raymond somewhat cryptically referred to as "the Kingdom." These areas are roughly 15 times larger than what we saw at last year's E3. Moreover, the engine now supports 150 discrete computer-controlled characters, each with independent AI, so it sounds like the team is working hard on filling out those medieval expanses for the final game.

The trailer doesn't show off a lot in terms of new gameplay, but it does seem to place an emphasis on equestrian combat. We were pretty into the retractable blades that you'll be able to hide underneath your sleeves (which can be seen in the trailer), but then, we like to look at the game's hero Altaïr as some sort of medieval ninja. The last gameplay element we got any info on was the leap of faith, a move that will facilitate your quick exit from the scene of your nefarious doings. Raymond says missions in the game won't end when you perform the kill; escaping from the area will be as important as taking down your mark. You'll be able to make a leap of faith from predefined high points (indicated by specific imagery, like a flock of birds) onto soft spots like bales of hay below. The team wants to offer exciting chase sequences in the final game, and this move sounds like an important part of those mechanics.

Ubisoft is promising a lot more on the game at E3, so we'll bring you more (including hands-on information) in July. And make sure you view the new trailer, linked at the top of this preview, to tide you over.

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278 comments
ronaldinhojunio
ronaldinhojunio

this game is gonna b tha bomb lyk definatly gettin it

jonavolaii
jonavolaii

Brilliant game, can't wait, probably going to get it on R - 0 (release date) and play it for ages... Gonna download the demo as soon as its on ps store... Hurry up Ubi-soft!!!!

FascistSquirrel
FascistSquirrel

Cant wait for this game more so than halo 3 looks effin amazin

7-ate-9
7-ate-9

I really hope they don't use the music on the trailer in the actual game. The animation and graphics looked awesome but the music is totally out of place. I know we live in a postmodern world but Assassins Creed should be all about realism. So the medeval era give us medeval music please. Don't spoil the willful suspense of disbelief.

lightelvepower
lightelvepower

its true, oblivion doesnt have the ai of this new game, why compare to oblivion its not even the same sort of game? i played all POP they r rlly gd, this is somethin new twist on POP tho, diffrent compat, freerunnin there might b some twist between em but i dnt reckon there will b .. but still u never no

lightelvepower
lightelvepower

this game is seriously gnna b gr8, i cant wait any longer, i got 2 months to wait arrg, the producer is right sexy

SuperbGamer
SuperbGamer

I really am looking forward to this game.

steve_59
steve_59

The more I see of this game the more I am looking forward to it coming out I hope we get to play a demo.

Syrinx61
Syrinx61

Really looking forward to this game.

lilmp89
lilmp89

stijnf, I agree...she is just wow...

345669
345669

My top 3 Wanted game. Fabulous. . .

Noclippin
Noclippin

you can push people, nextgen gameplay xD Too bad it's a half year away ..

__Imbaness__
__Imbaness__

Man, this game is going to be awesome. I freaking wait any longer!

omerdv
omerdv

i soooo wanna play it !!!! sounds real good!!!

Bloodhawk_DX
Bloodhawk_DX

I can't say I know what Assassin's Creed will offer 100%, but the fact that it's a new twist on the stealth genre with an added sandbox style world seems fascinating. The consoles are lacking new variety, instead we keep getting poor ports and redundant sequels. This is fresh flavor in my opinion, and if it's done well could easily bring me back into console gaming for a good while. Stop comparing it to Oblivion, they're two TOTALLY different games. Trying to say Assassin's Creed is a wanna-be Oblivion and Assassin's Creed is an Oblivion killer is absolutely ignorant.

IIIverson
IIIverson

assassins creed looks like its going to be a good game, but on the other hand oblivion is a good game, i guess we'll just have to wait until it comes out so we can play it and see if its better than oblivion

gamingangsta
gamingangsta

my friends are crazy man. they think "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is better than assassins creed. i mean oblivion aint than next gen ffs the only good thing on oblivion is graphics

mingfu
mingfu

Great action game!!!!!!!

uzi_s
uzi_s

oh man! i cant wait for this game to come out. it should be so great.

daman1616
daman1616

With Ubisoft Montreal at the helm of this game, I'm sure it will be a success. They were the ones who made games like Splinter Cell, Prince of Persia and Rainbow Six games (except for R6: Lockdown which sucked).

DooshBIGELOW
DooshBIGELOW

Wow if this game is anythin like the trailer then hook me up!!! cant wait to try this one out!

darknightmafia
darknightmafia

I think this game will bring fresh features to the genre.

MackMillitant
MackMillitant

Seeing how they have the same creator, I would not be suprised if the reason they have been keeping this game so top secret is because their is a twist that co-incides the two games (POP & AC)

MackMillitant
MackMillitant

This is going to be an enhanced PS3/360 version of prince of persia. Which is defitnitly not a bad thing

suvysuv
suvysuv

i will tell you what i think after the demo it all looks well and good i just hope it stays like it on the end product PS. you cant judge a book by its cover

Arch-l
Arch-l

Jade raymond is hot omg forget the game can i get her number!!!!!!!! lolol jk :D

slarvak
slarvak

yeah this game looks too good to be true. good thing that they creatures are using old plans for the cities and old reference to the population size to make it as realistic atmosphere as possible. hopefully like wat Jimsknight said it won't be like a one man army crusade and you capture jarusalem all on your own

lithus
lithus

I hope the game is as cool as the game trailers (especially #4 who sings that?). I'd hate to see something this good looking fall apart because the developers relied too heavily on a gimmick.

Jimsknight
Jimsknight

It should be good, gameplay and graphics look top notch. But I hope they keep the whole thing realistic and don't trash history too much with an 'American Version' of what went down then.

oysterditch
oysterditch

This game makes me want to play with myself! and someone else!

wilcats
wilcats

The Producer Jade raymond is such a cutie :) I enjoyed watchin her more than the game's trailer... :p

nomeez
nomeez

Awesome man!!!!!............. Shows real power of PS3 & UBI soft...Can't wait to PLay It !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wurz1515
Wurz1515

People talk a lot about Halo 3 and GTA4 being the best game this year. But this game seems amazing with all the trailers I've seen. Hopefully it will live up to the hype.

jazzy334
jazzy334

Jade Raymond, would you marry me (please)???

fastmousep
fastmousep

Come on ubisoft!!!! give us some more info plz!!!!

Forerunner-117
Forerunner-117

"Moreover, the engine now supports 150 discrete computer-controlled characters, each with independent AI, so it sounds like the team is working hard on filling out those medieval expanses for the final game. " Freakin sweet! :D

suvysuv
suvysuv

I heard the game comes out in september 7

Hell-Fire21
Hell-Fire21

All of this is awesome and everything and what I've been watiing for in a stealth-action game, but if I had the opportunity (be aware now) to work alongside Jade Raymond at Ubisoft??? GOD knows I'd be a happy man every day. LOL

denaz
denaz

when is this going to come out!! i want it now:P

Bebot
Bebot

itd be sick if altair can do like Parkour (free running) types of evasion when hes running away from his enemies. im just saying itd be cool and then pull a matrix and jump building to building. i know he can jump building to building but jump a 50 ft gap like trinity. Hey it might tie into the science-fiction part just a thought.

Sunrie
Sunrie

I gotta say that this game is going to own if they do it right. I'm almost waiting for this more than Crysis. Not to metion the producer is hot as hell...

Teyon
Teyon

Dude...how the heck is Bruger Island and Ultimate Yahtzee similar to this game? Lol. Sorry if you can't see it but in the "Similar Games" section, that's what came up. I'm rolling on the floor. Okay, ahem, back to the game at hand. This is going to be a cool multi-platform game! I'm both sad and happy that we PS3 owners lost exclusivity rights.

sam_genocide
sam_genocide

the story of assassins creed is really about some crazy guy who has flashbacks of the crusades trust me when you get the game youll see

zapper188
zapper188

Yeahh this is coming out for xbox 360.And I can't wait.

royalpierre
royalpierre

is this game coming out for the 360, i hope so

naruto_rocklee
naruto_rocklee

This one of my most highly anticipated games for '07. It is a very good idea to set the game through the medieval times as it brings a new lease of character and depth into the game while throwing in a healthy dose of historical content. I have always been fascinated with Ancient History so a game relating back to the medieval times is a must buy for me. While with the historical content and the intuitive battle system, you the player are playing a big role in the future of the crusade. The whole science fiction side of the game has always sparked some curiosity on my part and i cant wait for the game to come out so i can explore this further =],