E3 2011: Assassin's Creed: Revelations Impressions

In a first look at Assassin's Creed: Revelations, we go to Constantinople with an older, hook-blade-wielding Ezio.

When Ubisoft teased Assassin's Creed: Revelations with a screen of Ezio in Constantinople, we were skeptical--not of the setting (a city at the crossroads of the world, with acres of exotic architecture to clamber on), but of the new hook blade: the curious hooked deal sprouting from beneath Ezio's sleeve. It would be a boon for climbing, as seen in the screenshot, but in combat? It wasn't clear how the puny wrist hook would bring the required assassin badassery to a fight.

Alex Amancio, creative director on Revelations, made it clear for us in a single-player demo at E3 2011. In a brawl, Ezio hooks a guard in the face and tugs him in close for a kill. A second unlucky guard gets the hook blade smacked under his chin and then reeled in like a fish for another melee finisher. In this way, says Amancio, the hook blade adds fluidity to combat, but it speeds up traversal, too: Ezio also uses the new hook to slide along zip lines between rooftops.

In the demo, an older and more bearded Ezio than the hero of Brotherhood battles his way toward a tower that's anchoring a great chain stretched across the harbor, trapping his ship. On the way, he passes belly dancers and fire-breathers--Constantinople natives we wouldn't be surprised to find as new avatar choices in Revelations' multiplayer suite--and deploys an incendiary bomb against a cluster of guards. The grenade-like device is one of the varieties of explosive that can be crafted from found materials in this new Assassin's Creed.

The zip lining comes after Ezio destroys the tower and boards a ship in the harbor. From it, he sets every vessel but his own ablaze with a kind of mounted flamethrower, then makes his escape by clambering and zip line sliding through the burning wrecks. We're also pleased to see the signature Assassin's Creed leaping wrist blade double kill, with Ezio dropping from a rope zip line stretched between ship masts.

Amancio promises refinement to the storytelling (a more "meaningful narrative," he calls it) but not by means of stripping out the property purchasing and assassin team management of the previous game. He tells us, albeit vaguely, that the game's various non-murdering, non-free-running sideshows are being brought together more coherently in the service of the plot. And what a plot it needs to be to resolve the tangle of timelines and Templar conspiracy fiction set up by Assassin's Creeds 2 and Brotherhood. (Players who have yet to finish Brotherhood, be warned: there are spoilers below.)

The way Amancio tells it, Desmond, who fell into a coma at the end of the last game, has been plugged back into an Animus machine to keep him alive. There, he's fallen into the lower levels of the machine's code--into the operating system, Amancio says--where, a new story trailer informs us, he'll be navigating free-floating blocks in an abstract space that somewhat resembles the neon alien computer level at the end of Brotherhood or the abstract training environments of that game.

Ezio, meanwhile, is retracing the footsteps of his and Desmond's ancestor, Altair. On his Altair pilgrimage through Constantinople, Ezio must beat the Templars to five keys--important artifacts that open the way to, at a guess, more unimaginably powerful alien technology. The keys, however, let Ezio relive Altair's memories in the manner of an Animus; Amancio tells us you'll play each of the Assassin's Creed trio in Revelations. He also describes Revelations as the end of a "trilogy"; the end of the Ezio story arc that begin in Assassin's Creed 2, and also an end for Altair, though not necessarily for Desmond.

Andreane Meunier, producer for online elements in Revelations, doesn't have a multiplayer demo to show us ahead of E3 proper, though she says there is one on the show floor. For now, she tells us to expect to see the vicious new hook blade in multiplayer, which builds on that of Brotherhood. Some maps from that game's multiplayer will appear alongside new environments, she says, as well as new characters and modes, plus a new post-kill taunt option. Character customization elements are stronger this time, too, and though progression in Brotherhood's competitive multiplayer won't carry over to Revelations, there will be some offering, says Meunier, for those of us who sunk hours in it. We'll have more on Revelations multiplayer when we get our hands on it, so Assassin's Creed fans should keep an eye on GameSpot's continuing E3 2011 coverage.

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forest4
forest4

I wish there was more information on the pre-order special limited edition release.

mcla_3
mcla_3

yesssssssssssssss finally level 3!!!! wooo! anyways this game in my opinion looks amazing i cant wait too see what happens to ezio altair and even desmond. i also hope that they bring back the truth i enjoyed the puzzles thouroghly both in ac2 and brotherhood. The online also seems to be improved. The only thing that i have not seen yet would be new fninishing moves. dont get me wrong they are great, but i would just like to see new ones (excluding hook blade) I preordered this game and cant wait to november 15.

EGB_44
EGB_44

It looks like ezios got a little bit of a pot belly :O hahaha i hope i can move like that when im 50.

bigjoe8181
bigjoe8181

hmm i read a couple of comments and i was thinking to myself..wow what a waste of time....

hotmoslem
hotmoslem

i only want to see what happen for Ezio, he will die or no?

DARKPRINCE1O1
DARKPRINCE1O1

actually i find AC1 cooler than others cuz i think its more challenging and a better story with the known that the other games of Assassins creed have more equipments than the AC1 but also at the other parts there is no cities to travel to at the AC1 there was about four cities you can travel between and i really hope that the AC revelation contain cities to pay a visit for

EGB_44
EGB_44

@elgost_04 i have played through every assassin creed games 2 or more times and i can tell you the only reason altair has limited abilities is because it was the first game. If ezio had been in the first game than altair would have been in the 2nd and would be the one with better ablities. the only reason ezio is better fighting wise is because the people who created the game made him better. like an updated version. when it comes down to whose better it all depends on that persons opinion and ezios and altairs personality.

stopesman101
stopesman101

This game looks like on of the best assassins creeds they have ever made over the years. And Ubisoft made it able for us to play all the main characters in the new game. but i can say i will miss Ezio his was a good assassin anyone here going to get the game the day it comes out i know i will.

FiddleJohnny
FiddleJohnny

I like the gameplay of the Ezio games better than the one with Altair. But as far as character goes I like Altair better. Altair is a much deeper, much more mature person (except in the beginning in the temple). I also think that Ubisoft needs to go back and continue with not only the action (which is great in the newer games) but with the philosophy behind the brotherhood and the creed (which is somehow lacking). Maybe they are trying to reach to the ignorant audience but they will lose, I hate shallow games and characters. Further I really enjoyed the discussions of Altair and Al-Mualim, the questions of morals, the conversations in the death scenes of the Lords etc. That is what I want more in Assassin's Creed with that I think it will be one of the best (if not the very) games ever made.

kusanagi_k2001
kusanagi_k2001

I also think Altair is the best, and there's a reason behind that, AC1 was first of its kind with Altair being the first of his generation, the fun i had playing the first part was incredible and obviously unforgettable. Therefore even though Ezio has more skills, to me Altair is kinda The Guy!! I thinks its the same for all the Altair lovers out there.

jmkh
jmkh

As long as Altair can swim then this game will be AWSOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sam85_
sam85_

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rigzzsy
rigzzsy

did anyone who says altair is cooler actually play ac1?

fox1986
fox1986

Altair is da B_E_S_T_!_!_! He's like M.Jordan 4 NBA!

elgost_04
elgost_04

Are you guys serious? Altair was awesome I'll admit, but better then Ezio? uh no. Altair was slower at free running, the combat was slower and much less fluid, he had one assasin blade only with relativly limited uses. So what are we basing this assumption on? the fact that he wasent as humanized during the game as Ezio was? my other theory is the majority of you never fully played AC 1 and compared it to AC 2 or ACB. But thats only my opinion.

ali1111111
ali1111111

/Exia_FRZ/ you are right Altair is mus better than Ezio

Exia_FRZ
Exia_FRZ

Finally Altair :) .. Though i like Ezio .. Altair is way more cooler..

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

While I know it still isn't the revolutionary threequel we're waiting for, it's nice to have some questions answered and close Ezio's and Altair's stories. Playing as Altair again will be epic.

jpnelson82
jpnelson82

What's the revelation? That you just paid full price for a patch of the last addon which incidentally you were also charged full price for. I for one won't be getting Ubifrakked like I did with Brotherhood.

Slavadil
Slavadil

This game looks more and more epic by the minute!

DITHRICH
DITHRICH

@Sticker704 well i was almost right.....

Arda_Daghan212
Arda_Daghan212

@johnchandos Well Istanbul was called Constantinople then and I think it may still be called Constantinople by Greece or some other countries but it's not wrong.

Xellos976
Xellos976

a journey till the end..........

wars45
wars45

looksmint then we can move on to ac3

Slayerman135
Slayerman135

@BFE1127 Revelations isn't going to be the end of assassins creed. It is the end of the "Ezio Trilogy" meaning that this is the last game featuring Ezio. The main goal that Ubisoft has for this game is to set up the rest of the series and tieing everything together before they completely blow our minds with an epic ending in AC3. P.S. We would all enjoy playing as Charlie Sheen. He is part god after all, like Ezio and Desmond. Oh wait...

BFE1127
BFE1127

Hopefully this isn't the final chapter. They can always do something like Brotherhood. When you're outside the Animus in Brotherhood, they're always talking about all these other groups around the world doing the same thing, so there's a lot of potential for expansion. Send AC to Japan, make the Assassin into a samurai or a ninja. There's so much potential for WIN there. Of course, it's going to be awesome when they cut to modern times in Revelations and it's revealed that Charlie Sheen is the current Master Assassin. Tiger Blood 'll do that to ya.

Elarithon
Elarithon

Is it only me, or is that barrel in the beginning way too light to be carried on his shoulder?

Hazzerz
Hazzerz

Hey wassa-matta-you, Altair?

fallbot33
fallbot33

Cant wait to play the final chapter of this assassin. I predict he dies but not from what the trailer showed but him knowing he is going to die and goes out with a bang. Also, doesnt loook like being 40 or older has made him weak. Seems like hes faster then ever.

Byaku524
Byaku524

You go to the past...to go to the past...Inception anyone?

cipo89
cipo89

Meh..... nothing new

SilverLlama
SilverLlama

I hate how Ezio is like 65 in this game

Sticker704
Sticker704

@DITHRICH He is 50 at the end of the Assassin's creed Brotherhood book

orbit991
orbit991

Glad to hear they might be working on how the story fits the game play better. Loved AC2 but brotherhood was a bit weak story wise.

hirelingT7
hirelingT7

Looks awesome, but I think the gadgets in the game ruin the mysterious setting and assassin setting. in the demo it looked far to easy to take out a few guards. But still looking forward for this game

DITHRICH
DITHRICH

lets say that he started assassin's creed 2 at a young age of 18-22 and that was at 1476(correct me if im wrong) and AC3 ends at the year 1506-7 so apparently he is pretty mild!

gotrekfabian
gotrekfabian

@ crazydemon123: Sorry but it is set in the renaissance era not the medieval. Have to agree with you otherwise though, love fighting and free running in this game. One of the best franchises in this generation of consoles. And I don't care how much they milk it by making spin offs, I'll keep buying them! :)

DITHRICH
DITHRICH

ezio should consider retirement..... too damn malfado (old)!

Mehdi-Y
Mehdi-Y

Ezio looks so old, but he is bad ass as ever. BEARD ftw

usermikey
usermikey

Another great game to continue the successful series. Must buy Brotherhood first!

AlbAshA-
AlbAshA-

Epic? it looks the same as the other games. Getting boring now. You could have at least givin us a partner to run the whole story with. Getting this USED.

jowie11
jowie11

It looks epic. Can't wait for it.

mahmutz
mahmutz

losers NOT constantinople it's İSTANBUL !! since 1453!!

zanza86
zanza86

Those poor merchants and their ships, all burned down. Its not like insurance will cover them back then.

grim0187
grim0187

Excited for this one. Altair is crazy cool, I miss playing as him.