The recently-unveiled Assassin's Creed: Revelations is set to bring an end to Ezio's saga thanks to an mysterious adventure through the heart of Constantinople, but the first solid gameplay and story details have now leapt from a rooftop and given the internet a good stabbing. Apparently we can expect a new hookblade, revamped eagle sense, an old Ezio and new Assassin Dens to conquer. Full details below.
The new issue of Game Informer (via, as usual, a whistleblower on NeoGAF) contains an expose on Revelations that delivers a lot of juicy new info.
Let's start with the plot. Apparently Desmond, the bartender-turned-Assassin in training, has discovered a safe mode built into the Animus. Known as the Black Room, this feature allows him to hack into lost memories of his ancestors, and lets him witness a brand new sequence of events. Ezio, now fifty years old, is looking for seals that contain Altair's (the protagonist of the original Assassin's Creed) memories throughout Constantiople - and that upon finding one, can peer into his ancient mentor's consciousness. Altair will be playable during these sequences.
Much like Brotherhood, the action will mainly focus on a single city - though Ezio will be able to visit the Cappadocia region in central Turkey.
So, enough with the spoilers. What about new gear? Assassin's Creed: Revelations is set to deliver a new gadget, the hookblade, that allows him to zipline around the city or engage distant enemies Scorpion-style. Players will also be able to craft various different varieties of bomb.
Eagle Vision, Ezio's alternate view mode, has been fully upgraded into Eagle Sense. This new feature will reportedly allow for better target tracking and vector. Essentially, you'll know where your target is, where he's been and where he's going - making ambushes much easier to pull off.
Brotherhood's Borgia towers territory control mechanic has been taken to the next level with new Assassin's Dens. You'll need to complete a range of assault and infiltration objectives to unlock territory, which opens up an Assassin's Den that can be used to upgrade your new domain. However, the Templars will continually attempt to retake their territory, meaning that you'll have to make seriously good use of your ziplines! Luckily your fellow killers are also around to pick up the slack - with a new level cap of 15.
Finally, side missions have been completely scrapped and replaced by randomly-generated mini-objectives that spawn around the city.
Assassin's Creed: Revelations is set for a November release on PS3 and Xbox 360. We'll keep you up to date with the latest.