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The Assassin’s Creed series is renown for its depiction of historical time periods and cities, and Revelations continues the trend with even more impressive locations for players to explore. Leaving Italy and Rome behind, Ezio will travel to a variety of places that let players view the Assassin’s Creed universe from a different perspective.
Like the original Assassin’s Creed, Revelations’ story begins with Masyaf. Ezio travels to the Assassin’s fortress in search of secret knowledge once held by Altair, but he finds the area overrun by Templars.
“He goes back to Masyaf in search of answers,” says creative director Alexandre Amancio. “He wants to find the library there to learn more about the Order. He follows the footsteps of Altair to Masyaf. What begins as a pilgrimage turns into a race against time.”
Ezio can’t complete his mission on his first visit, but he will return to Masyaf at the end of the game once he has collected every piece of the puzzle. Assuming Ezio succeeds in finding out what Altair knew, Masyaf is likely to be the place where we learn crucial information tying into larger Assassin’s Creed mysteries.
This ancient metropolis serves as the primary setting for most of Revelations’ action. Ezio may be the highest ranking Assassin in the world, but he is still an outsider in this vast and complex city. Relying on aid from other Assassins to learn the ropes, Ezio soon becomes familiar with the delicate political situations in the city that is essentially the cultural center of the sixteenth century.
“Constantinople is a massive city. It actually spans two continents – on one side is Europe, and other Asia,” explains Amancio. “This is the center of the known world at that time. The spice trading and all that related trade happened through Constantinople. It was one of the main reasons that Europeans tried to go around Africa – because Constantinople was this great hub controlled by the Ottomans. And, essentially, everything needed to go through that city.”
In Revelations, Constantinople is split into four distinct districts: Constantin. Beyazid, Imperial, and Galata. Each one sports a different visual style, from the poorer areas of Constantin to Galata’s bustling port. This ensures that even though players will be spending a lot of time in one city, each area has its own distinct vibe.
In a departure from the cities one normally finds in Assassin’s Creed, Cappadocia isn’t just populated by regular civilians. This underground stronghold is a Templar city, but not just in the sense that it is under Templar control; it is populated by the sworn enemies of Ezio’s order.
“Part of it is above ground, but its true secret is underground,” Amancio says. “This is the first time something like this has been done in the franchise. We have this complete underground city.”
An underground, Templar-filled city may sound like something Ezio would be better off avoiding. However, the Templars are undoubtedly hiding key information at their seat of power, so Ezio will have to take the risk and explore Cappadocia’s caverns and twisting tunnels.
While Ezio won’t necessarily travel there, players will get to experience Rhodes as a new multiplayer location. In the sixteenth century, the island of Rhodes is under the control of the Knights Hospitallers, who have built palaces and castles, effectively transforming the island into a fortress. However, Rhodes has a long history of occupation by different cultures, and in the timeframe of Revelations, the Ottomans are attempting to claim it for themselves.
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Revelations is going to be so sick, I'm going to bulldoze through Brotherhood before this bad boy comes out.
Constantinople and Cappadocia... wow. Every AC has had breath-taking locale but I am glad these places have been saved for a later entry, where the team will be able to apply their lessons learned.
Can't wait! I love these little updates that lead up to E3. I like the video ones better though.
the underground city sounds cool
Oh man, I'm REALLY looking forward to this now!
Ok at first I was a bit skeptical (I was gonna rent it instead of buy it) but this looks way to good to pass up! It feels like it just might be as epic as AC2. I cannot wait, a must buy and probably pre-order!
I like where they're going with this title, and having three distinct characters with at least two different play styles makes this fan chomping at the bit for this title.
The city layout sounds very interesting, especially the underground part.
i honestly think(and im probobly not the only one) that from what ive herd so far assassins creed revalitoins is gonna be better than all the other assassins creed games combined!
Cant wait! XD
looks amazing but hope you can carry spears this time and more counter and execution strikes for them
This looks amazing. Consider my interest piqued to the maximum.