Following last week's Assassin's Creed Revelations (non)announcement, Ubisoft is beginning to grind the gears of hype, releasing two particularly teasing teasers onto the web. The first teaser is decidedly vague, with a murky virtual scene reminiscent of a malfunctioning Animus, before scrawled text flashes across the screen. It'll be picked apart in no time, I imagine.
The second teaser, however, is much more intriguing. For one, the murky Animus scene is dissolving, with one half giving way to a shot of an immense stone wall or city teetering on the edge of a cliff. What's most exciting, however, is in the foreground, as it appears to be original Assassin's Creed protagonist Altair's arm, showcasing his sect's wrist-mounted blade. As with the preceding trailer, the scrawled text flashes once again, but its joined by a glimpse of a round, stone artifact with numerical engravings.
According to some, it's a Mayan calendar. Mayan's have long been hinted at since Brotherhood's decidedly extraterrestrial ending, but a few canny posters deny its a Mayan artifact, claiming it is the Phaistos Disc. A quick bit of researching reveals the Phaistos Disc originates from the Greek island of Crete in the middle or late Bronze Age. Fashioned from clay, it features a series of codes researches have yet to conclusively decipher. As such, it's considered one of the most famous artifacts in the world.
We've been wondering what shape the next Assassin's Creed game might take for a while now, and while I do think that's Altair on the screen, I doubt we'll be returning to the Crusades. I'm not a history buff, so I have no idea if the Bronze Age or the Crusades have any historical or significant overlap, or whether the artifact in question is even the Phaistos Disc.
Color me intrigued, though. Chime in, Dealspwners! What say you?