Assassin’s Creed Revelations: Your Questions Answered

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Assassin’s Creed Revelations: Your Questions Answered

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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9 Author Replies

  • Wasn’t a huge fan of this franchise, but after earning 100% on the 2nd game, it made me interested..

  • Jeff. I am extraordinarily jealous. Can I have your job?

  • Good one!!!!

  • What was the 3D quality like? Was it an early part of the development process or post implementation? Does it have that Uncharted 3 feel?

  • jeff what happend to the friends list feature on this website is it down?

  • jeff nvm sorry D: found it

  • It’s a darn Shame AC1 won’t include trophy support.

  • played all the AC games from ac 1 to brotherhood super pysched about this game, i hope they didnt change too much

  • cant wait to kill more templars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this time with my hookblade


  • So what will happen to Desmond? How will it talk about Lucy dying at the end of Brotherhood!?!?

  • Assasins creed revelations is going to be f ing awsome

  • IM a big fan of Assasins creed and I think AC2 is better than AC1

  • I was amazed how you guys were able to make an even bigger game with more variety in one year, but if this thing keeps going yearly, it bound to run out of steam. Will this series ever take at least a two year break for development time? Or is Ubisoft just going to milk it dry? If so, I hope you guys can somehow keep up this pace…

  • @StinkyMoney5: I just read a preview of this game in the November GI mag, and Ubi said they had 5 studios working on this game. With that much manpower, it’s hard to not have a game ready in half the standard time. They needed that many because of the sheer amount of new stuff and tons of content that this game will apparently have.

    OT: Wow, on top of every other awesome thing I have to look forward to in this game, now we get confirmation of 3D support? Uncharted 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. My life is over starting in two weeks. Let me retire, cancel all my appointments, hold all my calls and feed me intravenously. I won’t be moving for months.

  • I’ve got a really good question Ubisoft and I hope you guys would clarify.
    I loved the costumes in Assassins Creed 2, and the Noble Attire for Brotherhood.
    And so my question is will any of these return or aleast more outfits in this game
    than brotherhood?
    -Thank you (reporting from my hospital bed)

  • Well i pre ordered signuture edition in USA, and does Bonus comes in USA On Nov 15 Please reply.

  • Will the AC1 game on the AC Revelations disc have trophy support too.

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