After a teaser trailer was accidentally exposed on Ubisoft's official Facebook page for its critically-acclaimed Assassin's Creed franchise, the major publisher made the decision to officially unveil the next installment in the series, Assassin's Creed Revelations. Luckily, the official name of the title was not the only information that the company released to its consumers in its press release. They also revealed where the game will take us and who it will be centered on.
Initially, the Assassin's Creed franchise saw moderate success, releasing in 2007. The first installment in the series centered on Altair, an assassin during the Crusades. It was criticized for being dry, uneventful, and repititive in its first outing. Instead of returning to the monotony of the desert landscapes, Ubisoft shifted the focus of the series, moving towards a colorful rendition of Renaissance Italy. Assassin's Creed II featured a charismatic protagonist who players have followed in subsequent releases, Ezio Auditore. The dynamic nature of his character garnered positive critical receptions and fanfare, but after two dedicated titles, the wearied warrior has started to suffer from repetitive lines and predictable story.
Despite the fact that many were hoping to finally close the book on the story of Desmond, the modern-day hero reliving the lives of his ancestors to hone in on his inner assassin, Ubisoft decided to give Ezio Auditore a proper swan song with Assassin's Creed Revelations. In the newest title, which is set to debut at this year's E3 in a few weeks, Ezio will walk in the footsteps of his ancestor, Altair, on a journey to discover the truth. That journey will take players to Constantinople, the heart of the infamous Ottoman Empire, where a growing army of Templars are beginning to destabilize the region.
Historically, the time of Ezio was an interesting time politically within the Ottoman Empire. The country was beginning to expand its borders through military conquest and gain international economic status through unique goods. The era was corrupt, making many political officials likely targets, a motif that the Assassin's Creed franchise consistently plays upon.
In the press release, the Creative Director at Ubisoft Montreal, Alexandre Amancio, had the following to say regarding the announcement:
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.
In addition to the well-known single-player campaign, the latest installment in the franchise will feature a rebuilt multiplayer system, building upon the foundation of last year's well-received title, Brotherhood. Ubisoft also released a screenshot, which is available for your viewing pleasure at the top of the page.
What do you, fellow gamers, think? Is Ubisoft playing it too safe with Assassin's Creed Revelations? Do you want the series to shift away from Ezio Auditore? Sound off in the comments below.