You read it right, Ubisoft finally lifted a tip of the veil on the new Assassin’s Creed game. The game is titled Assassin’s Creed Revelations and will be a continuation of Ezio Auditore da Firenze’s story. And that story leads him to an especially interesting place … Constantinople, which is known as Istanbul today.
The past months we all worried about the locatiion AND time period in which the third game based around Ezio, who assassinated his way through all the major Italian cities during the renaissance period, would take place.
In any case, there was more than enough speculation and guessing. Pretty much every ancient european city had fans and haters. We now know that Assassin’s Creed Revelations will not take plays in the Victorian London, nor in Paris during the French Revolution. Seeing as the ever popular Ezio is still in the story, the time period stays the same … for starters. Who knows what Ubisoft will conjure for us?
We do know that the location will be Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire and the current Istanbul. Technically, the city should already be called Istanbul in the game, seeing as the name changed in 1453 and Ezio was born in 1459. But, let’s not trip over that small mistake and let’s enjoy another Assassin’s Creed game, I know I will!
I think Constantinople is a great choice. I can already see the sun shine on those small alleyways where Ezio jumps from rooftop to rooftop while he shoots a crossbowarrow on a bored guard. A glimpse on the map of Constantinople makes it clear that the city is a great location for the game, from a technical point of view: 3 sides of the city is enclosed by water, and the western side of the city is closed off from the outside world by a large wall. The developers don’t have to create any artificial barriers to close of the game world. Less invisible walls and more realism at the same time? Yay!
Anyway, Ezio ends up in Constantinople because a growing army of Templars is threatening to destabilise the entire region, and according to Ubisoft, the city will be the scenery for Ezio’s last fight against the Templars (he is getting kind of old isn’t he? Got to be around 50-ish now). It has also been confirmed that Revelations will also feature de same multiplayer mode as in Brotherhood, be it larger and more refined.
I honestly can’t wait for another Assassin’s Creed, but I did expect to see another protagonist but I can live with Ezio. Ubisoft might have another surprise for us though as it’s been hinted that Altaïr might make a reappearance. So we’ll probably be able to play with Ezio, Desmond and maybe Altaïr. I, for one, put my trust in Ubisoft to deliver another great game. In any case, Assassin’s Creed Revelations will close the Ezio trilogy and will be released around the holidays for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. Enjoy.