Not content with his celebrity guest role in Soul Calibur 5, Ezio Auditore Di Firenze is planning ahead for life after Assassin's Creed, securing himself an exclusive part in Square Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy XIII-2. In a statement delivered to the press from his villa in ancient Italy, Ezio told the assembled crowd of time-traveling journalists he was looking forward to not having to wear heavy assassin's robes to work everyday, as Square had designed his very own androgynous outfit for the game.
But in a surprising turn of events, Ezio's scorned outfit had a word with the Square brass, and has replaced the Renaissance-era assassin entirely. Yes, bad jokes aside, you can dress up as everyone's favorite assassin in Final Fantasy XIII-2, with Ezio's costume available as downloadable content for character Noel Kreiss. No pricing nor release dates have as yet been revealed.
Developers: Ubisoft Montreal (with help from five other Ubisoft studios)
Watching the opening credits to Assassin's Creed: Revelations served to scare me just a little. The initial ten minutes is pure Matrix-sequel gibberish and an utterly uninspiring introduction to Ezio's swansong and then, once you hit the credits, you're treated to a reel of studio after studio popping up to reveal just how fragmented the development actually was. For me as a reviewer, it instantly made me look out for bits that didn't quite line up, whether I wanted it to or not. As a huge fan of the series, we gave Brotherhood top marks, it's fair to say that I was pretty worried.
Thankfully that doesn't last very long at all, as you're plunged into Renaissance Constantinople/Istanbul, a city divided into factions - Assassins vs. Templars, Ottomans squaring up to Byzantines, all sprinkled with a dash of royal scheming. Once again Revelations proves that Ezio is a far more interesting protagonist than Desmond, whose own first-person sections almost ruin what serves to be an enjoyable, if fragmented, romp through the gateway to the east.
Things kick off with Desmond trapped in the Animus having finally gone insane from chasing ancestral memories through his DNA. All of the voices in his head have mushed together and, as a helpful chap known as Subject 16 explains, Desmond must complete his journey through the lives of Altair and Ezio, learning all he can from them so they have nothing more to offer, in order to separate them out from his own consciousness.
No it doesn't make a huge amount of sense, but then this series has never exactly been big on narrative simplicity.Click here to read more...
It's no secret. The tale at the heart of the Assassin's Creed series is about as ridiculous as they come. But Ubisoft have done a pretty damn good job of condensing the last three games' narratives into a two and a half minute synopsis for those new to the franchise. Hell, even if you're a veteran, you'll probably get a nice little recap kick out of this one - explaining the inexplicable in relatively simple terms. If you find yourself scratching your head at the end of it, though, don't worry; it proves you're sane.Click here to read more...
There are too many fundamentally necessary games out this month dammit! Think of the wallets, games publishers. Think of the children!! Anyway, another one lands on shelves next Tuesday, one that will hopefully tie up a few loose ends - certainly for Ezio - and answer a few questions. Assassin's Creed: Revelations sends the master assassin to war-torn Constantinople and we're itching to get our hands on it.
Remember, we're running a big fat competition tomorrow, where we'll be giving away 18 copies of the game. So you'd best start getting excited too.Check out the launch trailer after the jump...
Want some background on the setting for the latest Assassin's Creed? Well, Ubisoft are here to oblige, and oblige they have, delivering a trailer packed with historical exposition and setting the scene for the conclusion to Ezio's trilogy which leaps onto shelves next week.Click here to read more...
It's happening. It's really happening.
Namco Bandai has confirmed that Ezio Auditore will indeed be the special bonus character in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Soul Calibur V. This monumental collaboration will let players control Ezio and his wide range of assassination tools including a Roman Longsword, Stiletto, Crossbow, Hidden gun and his trademark Hidden blade when Soul Calibur V releases on February 3rd, 2012.
Project Soul has provided us with what we like to call crazy amounts of assets to celebrate the new partnership - and we've got it all below. Feast your eyes on trailers, renders and screens!Everything is permitted. Like clicking here, for example.
Between Skyrim, Modern Warfare 2 and Assassin's Creed Revelations, I'm not quite sure how I'm going to cope in November, let alone eat! It's perhaps the most important month of the gaming year, with the big publishers saving their even bigger hitters for this precious date. Ubisoft have quite a fight on their hands convincing gamers to spare time and money away from MW3 and Skyrim to pick up Revelations, but judging by these two videos from the Secrets of the Ottoman Assassins series, I wouldn't count out Ezio in November just yet.Hit the jump for two new AC Revelations videos!
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.Click here to continue [Spoiler Alert] >>
Ubisoft have finally blown the lid off Assassin's Creed: Revelations... which has now been confirmed as a full retail title that will bring Ezio's saga to a close. The story will see the legendary assassin follow in Altair's footsteps as he embarks on an epic journey throughout Constantinople, "the heart of the Ottoman Empire where a growing army of Templars threatens to destabilize the region."
We also hope that Desmond's story arc will go a long way towards explaining what the hell happened at the end of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.
Revelations will include a "robust," "refined and expanded" multiplayer suite, and Ubisoft are confident that fans will be pleased with the results.
Delivering the final chapter of the Ezio trilogy is an important milestone in the Assassin’s Creed franchise for us and for our fans.
Assassin’s Creed Revelations includes lots of new features and some significant surprises. We can’t wait to show our fans what we have in store at E3 this year. - Alexandre Amancio, Ubisoft Montreal creative director
Revelations is slated for a November release on PS3 and Xbox 360. We'll be at E3 to bring you the latest! [Game Informer]
On an unrelated note, Brendan will be furious. His nightmares are coming true at an alarming rate.