Recently, Ubisoft invited us to sample the first few hours of Assassin’s Creed Revelations for PS3. I learned a lot during that play session:
- The control scheme has been revised, pushing Eagle Vision to L3. This frees up the Triangle button for secondary weapons such as daggers.
- Altair comes into play via flashbacks following the thrilling Masyaf key retrieval missions, which are the successors to Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood’s Lairs of Romulus.
- The game map now has a Google Maps-style satellite view that I enjoyed while skipping around the sprawling city of Constantinople/Istanbul.
- The Den Defense mission brought tower defense-style sequences that are completely unlike anything I’ve seen in the Assassin’s Creed universe.
- I saw someone actually *use* the Apple of Eden.
- I noticed some different UI in the Animus, and started to wonder why the interface was different (and no, Ubisoft wouldn’t tell me).
- I saw Ezio stab a dude with a guitar – I think they called them “lutes” back then.
And I saw it all in 3D – those leaps of faith are now even more impressive. But it’s not about what I wanted to see; I went in to Ubisoft aiming to get answers to some of your questions. Read on to learn more about the dangerous world of Assassin’s Creed Revelations.
Will Ezio need some prune juice when he eats… because he is about 60 years old? (via @BeyondJizzy26)
While it’s true that our Ezio Auditore da Firenze now looks like The Most Interesting Man in the World, with experience comes wisdom. Early on in Revelations, Ezio is introduced to the hookblade, which enhances Ezio’s parkour skills in a couple of notable ways. When leaping into the air, you can hold down the Circle button to project the hookblade, giving Ezio an extra bit of reach. I adjusted to the move pretty quickly, and experienced noticeably fewer trip-ups while running across rooftops. It also grants compatibility with ziplines, which medieval Constantinople was apparently rife with. And what good would ziplines be if you couldn’t launch assassinations from them? Of course you can.
The hookblade is also battle-ready – the new Hook and Run move allows you to vault over enemies like a 70s action star slides across the hood of a car.
Hookblade aside, I noticed a new leg sweep move (Johnny would be proud), and a chest stomp that wouldn’t be out of place in the WWE. All of this is on top of the impressive arsenal of tricks Ezio earned in previous games, like double assassinations, disposable parachutes, an arm-mounted rifle and more. Would that we were all this spry in our 50s.
Is the super-cool feature where you can call assassins out of nowhere to attack still in the game? (via @francisganzo)
Yes, Ezio still can call in fellow assassins to create a diversion or to get him out of a jam. The feature has been upgraded for Revelations; you still recruit new assassins and send them around the Mediterranean on missions to level them up. When you level up one of your killers to the level of “Master Assassin,” you can assign him to protect one of your dens, preventing further Byzantine attacks.
There are also new challenges associated with these moves which yield tangible benefits. For instance, using your arrow storm and calling in your assassins a set amount of times will reward you with a faster recharging assassin signal, allowing you to use them more often. Similar challenges also applies to bomb usage and the various guilds, encouraging their use.
How many new weapons have been added to the game? Or are there new upgrades to it? (via @Allelujah00)
The aforementioned hookblade is the main difference, but the addition of bombs can change the way you play as well. I’ll be honest, after seeing Revelations demoed at E3, I was a bit worried that Assassin’s Creed was turning into a third-person shooter, but after my hands-on session those fears have been allayed.
Ezio’s bombs come in three flavors: lethal, tactical, and diversion. By combining different shells (impact, tripwire, sticky), actions (explosion, stinkbomb, smokebomb), and explosion radius, you can use bombs to perform a wide variety of actions. You could tag a guard with a stinkbomb to repel people, disappear in a huge puff of smoke, or just chuck explosives into a crowd for some good ol’ high-impact killing. You can only hold three of each type of bomb at any given time, so don’t expect to blast your way out of situations by chucking ‘nades.
Trophy list?! (via @max01payne and many others)
I took a peek at the Trophy list, and it’s got a similar mix as Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. Some Trophies awarded for multiplayer success, and many are for single player, both for advancing the story and for performing certain skill actions, plus a range of completionist stuff. If I had to guess, this won’t be an easy game to Platinum.
Will we see Leonardo DaVinci? (via @Dean147)
I looked on the map for you, but didn’t see his icon as in past games. However, it seems that Da Vinci did do some consulting work for the sultan, so fingers crossed.
Is the PS3 version getting exclusive missions like last year? (via @snowman2149)
Exclusive missions? Try a whole game! Ubisoft is taking advantage of the extra space afforded by Blu-ray to gift you the entire original Assassin’s Creed as a free added bonus!
Assassin’s Creed Revelations hits PS3 on November 15th. Look for more here on the Blog in the leadup between now and then.
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Really anticipating this game….but I want it to be Ezio’s last. I want to play an AC game, from beginning to end, as Desmond Miles.
Thanks for this Q&A.
I hope you have everything up on Trophy List for SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIGNS! By the way, are there going to be PLENTY OF SECRETS LAYING AROUND IN THE REVELATIONS? Any New Game PLUS once main game is completed? Or what?
Multiplayer trophies make me sad.
Also, Jeff, slightly OT, but is there a reason why PSB links don’t work properly on Google+? At first I thought is was a wordpress thing, but other sites that also use it I’ve had no trouble with.
Yeah, this is a known issue, and on our to-do list. Thanks!
I just noticed that links from the EU PlayStation.Blog work on G+ with no issues. What the deuce?
Even though AC didn’t really change since the first one, it’s an excellent game. This one looks great, even though it shows nothing new.
Big fan of assassins Creed
will single player show what happened to shaun rebecca and lucy??
And please no multiplayer trophies
2 multi player trophies away to platinum assassins creed brotherhood
oh and how about a co op single player someone can be ezio and another can be altair????????
and by the way easy medium or hard mode assassins creed is too easy for me
Assassins Creed 2 100% platinum
Assassins creed brotherhood 97%
They wouldn’t talk about what’s going on outside of the Animus, so no spoilers here.
There are multi-player trophies, so start practicing!
Gah, multiplayer trophies are stupid for an Assassin’s Creed game.
does the trophies images look awesome like brotherhood ones or like AC2 ? if you cant answer its ok :)
I didn’t unlock any during my playthrough…
Question – Will there be lair’s like the assassins’s krypt from AC2 or the Romulus lair’s from AC:B? Oh and if so, what will be the final reward once you have explored all of them? Another cool set of armor?
Yup, those are the Masyaf Keys missions. I don’t know what is unlocked in the end, but I was assured that it is “incredibly cool.”
Will i understand the story ?! I have never played assassins creed before but i wanna buy this one !
I would highly recommend you pick up ACII to start (this one will include ACI). You can find it on the PSN at a pretty affordable price right now.
So, is this official confirmation of 3D support? O>O :3
Yeah, I kind of wish Single player and Multiplayer trophies were separated in games, I’m only for the single player in all games (unless there is co-op in a game).
PAUSE…u saw all of this in 3D???????????????????????????????????????
On a Bravia, no less ^_^
Just wondering is this game just in one city like brotherhood or does it go to other places
I hope Assassin’s Creed III wont take place in Africa, I had enough Africa for a life time in Resident Evil 5.
Please don’t make annoying trophies for multiplayer (like rank up to the top)!
Im glad Ubisoft said they’re gonna add some bonus due to extra space on blu-ray. Kudos to them :)
Is the 1st AC that’s coming on the bluray going to have trophies? Didn’t Sony make it mandatory for all games (from 2009 i think) to have trophy support?
I believe it’s the same exact code as what came out back in 2007. Don’t expect trophy support.
Lutes are from the same family as guitars, but they coexisted back then :P
Also, I’m so very PUMPED for this game!!
Thanks for the clarification ^_^
Ok so we are getting the original A.C. as an added bonus which is roughly 20 bucks brand new so what are the haters on the 360 getting?? I would rather have some other things to equal the price instead of the first game…
I can’t wait for AC.: Revelations. I’ve beaten all the AC games except for part 1 so this definitely an extra bonus for me.
last question was kinda a bummer.
Its not a bonus if you ALREADY OWN the first game.
but still a buy
Probably not going to get answered like alot of my “inquires”, but here it goes. The 3D implementation, is it post processing type, stero 3D, like Uncharted 3 for example?
oh and just to be clear, I know Uncharted does not have post processing type of 3D. Would’ve edited my comment to be clearer, but you know.
Will there be some uplay bonuses? If yes, please write them if don´t know just write no.
It would be great if the first AC had trophies. If there is trophies support, I’ll be glad to play through this game again.
Hey, Jeff, in your reply to # 15, yes, but was it a Bravia HX929?
I just bought that, to play ICO & U3, and oh my gosh, it is freaking beyond awesome. Motion flow 980, with the gorilla glass. Love!!!!!!
*edit. Motionflow 960
Was already going to buy it but now with 3D support it being pre-ordered when I go pick up R&C: All-4-One next week.
i cant wait for this game to come out,and what they did to multiplayer is awesome even tho on the beta u couldnt choose the team u wanted to get on..couldnt get on the same team as my friends…but im sure the game will put the ppl on ur list on ur team if theres room hopefully.as far as the story goes it looks really good and cant wait to see what happens to ezio. oh…also in assassins creed brotherhood multiplayer which ive been playing for years…is now messed up thanks to hackers and glitchers i use to play it everday till this happened.so i hope they patch all glitches in acr multiplayer cuz u know ppl are going to find a way to glitch,and it isnt fair for those just geting the game and learning how to play. and in acr multi beta i noticed 1 glitch….i went to kill my target and watched the spear go threw them i got stuned right after by another templar,and my target just walked away….after i killed him….never seen that happen b4 lol but im a huge AC fan and i will always buy the games theres no other game out there like AC
They better not put another trophy like Abstergo employee of the month that was in brotherhood. That trophy was impossible to get without boosting which made it freaking stupid and pointless.
How about the EU/Danish verison of Ac: Revelations do they also get Ac1? I just want to be sure! But I still gonna buy this piece of god! :D Assassin’s Creed FTW! :D
This is so Awesome all the way through!!I really cant wait for this game,its gonna be Brilliant!!!
Can i just ask you guys one question: u know the 3D that you mentioned,how is that gonna work??;)
Why is it that it seems like no one on PS3 has ever played Assassin’s Creed 1? The first one is my favorite one so far, Altier is much more likable then Ezio. I just wish AC1 would get trophy support, trophies are my motivation for playing through a game. The set goals, and make the game more interesting.
I agree with GillgameshVill. Ac1 is a great game and I hope Ubisoft will support trophies. I only played it once and i REALLY liked the gameplay! :D
Sweet baby jeebus I can’t wait. Got this baby pre-ordered. I’ll admit I’ve only played Brotherhood (playing right now actually going after some trophies hehe) so I REALLY need to go back and get the first two some time.
hi Jeff Rubenstein i have one Question will be any chance or did u see in the mape if they put (races)cuz i wonder if gonna be it please answer ????
@37&38, I played AC1, because for a short time it was ten bucks for Plus. In my opinion AC2 was better than 1 in pretty much every way, especially choice of weapons. Also, I couldn’t get past the horrible voice acting that made Altair sound like he was from CA like me. At least Ezio sounds like where he’s supposed to be from.
I think the switching Eagle vision (which didn’t seem to do bupkiss in AC1) to, hello, L3, to allow for an additional weapon is the greatest thing I’ve heard about any AC.
Oh, & Jeff, tell Ubi it’s a crime they’re releasing this the same month as U3 & Skyrim.
for anyone who needs the 15 different bonuses in 1 session on ACB multiplayer( which u need for Abstergo employee of the month trophy) send a message to my psn i.d i can help you get them 15 bonuses.
Hey, @42 Raiden, that’s really nice. I’ve found that AC & Dead Nation players are the most willing to help other players out.
In the pic where altiar is passing a guy he looks like he now has 2 hidden blades and **** I just dreamed of altiar having his blade on his right hand
Nice, can’t wait for this game! I have thoroughly enjoyed all the past AC games and this one hopefully will take the cake. However I am with the guy who said that he wants to play an entire game as Desmond, I agree with that. Every AC game that comes along this is always the thing I am hoping for when the next AC comes out, but so far it hasn’t happened yet.
Seeing as how Ezio is old in this one, maybe this will be the last AC where we go back into time but rather stay in the present with Desmond.
awww I was hoping to get trophies in original AC. It’s a nice bonus for those who haven’t played it, but for those who have like me, it would have been a nice incentive to go back and play it.
Regardless, cannot wait!
Yes! I can not wait until the 15th. I am all for the multiplayer seeing as I can’t get enough of it in ACB.
AC1 is a nice added bonus seeing as I havent played it. Shame on me I know.
15th of November***
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