Assassin's Creed: Revelations – new details on Ezio’s hookblade and Eagle Sense arrive

New details revealed in Game Informer magazine indicate that Revelations' title refers to an increased fleshing-out of Altaïr's memories for the 50-year-old Ezio, and both stories in turn for Desmond, whose gameplay sequences are split between puzzle sequences and a new “Black Room” Animus safe-mode. The new Altaïr sequences are accessed by Ezio through the discovery of hidden seals.

Ezio's item set will be expanded to include a “hookblade,” which functions much like the Claw in Bionic Commando, allowing travel along zip-lines throughout the game's environments (Constantinople and Cappadocia) and enabling Ezio to hook and drag enemies in for attack. Bombs are also available via bomb-crafting, with over 300 different combinations of ingredients available. Eagle Vision will be replaced with Eagle Sense, which provides more of an insight into NPCs' movements, allowing more strategic tails and ambushes.

Above: A poorly hidden seal. Expect more devious concealment in later levels

The side-mission heavy nature of earlier games will be replaced with a more emergent structure based on random events, but controlling territory also plays a large part, with the presence of Assassins' Dens playing a role similar to that of the Borgia Towers aspect of Brotherhood. Notoriety is tied to how much control you'll have over each Den, encouraging the series' trademark stealthy play. A new motion-capture system allows hopefully more detailed facial acting on the part of characters, a la (obvious comparison alert) LA Noire.

Details on the game's story are still thin, but if the series so far is anything to go by, expect a heady blend of sci-fi gobbledegook, fastidiously-researched conspiracy theory and a frustratingly tight balance between long-demanded answers and new, equally vexing questions. Doubtless you'd have it no other way.

May 9, 2011

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  • Midnightcougher - May 14, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    Ok, Ok we get it! Ezio is awesome. Look, Assassin's creed 2 and brotherhood are some of my favourite games, and I have no doubt in my mind that this game is going to keep me awake for days. But I'm kind of tired of Ezio, it's like the series is going kingdom hearts on us, no third installment, just filler story, I don't get why Ezio's story needs to go further, he got his revenge. Move on! Am I really the only person who saw those other statues in Brotherhood and thought "Boy, I would like to know their stories!" They all looked worthy of a game or two... or three... or four... Anyway, it'll be good reguardless and I'll be getting it when it comes out. Ok, getting off my soapbox now.
  • Turboash - May 10, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    LOL goatees are for douche-bags.
  • CitizenWolfie - May 10, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    Something just doesn't feel right about a 50+ year old man leaping up buildings and hurtling down zip wires. As for the bomb crafting system I hope they stay away from the grinding that was/is the AC: Project Legacy Facebook database masquerading as a game.
  • md1292 - May 10, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    Here's to hoping for a gray-bearded Ezio! (I mean he is 50 after all).
  • ScrEAMaPiLLar - May 10, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    Last of Ezio good. Maybe then we will get some Nolan North action. Maybe Desmond is really a younger version of Nathan Drake. Desmond grows some hair gets some facial reconstruction surgery and then becomes a treasure hunter. His last adventure involves the big 2012 conspiracy with him saving the world and stopping the modern day Templars for world domination.
  • R-ape - May 10, 2011 3:35 a.m.

    Sounds cool. But I'd rather keep playing as that other hipster bartender.
  • FanofSaiyan - May 10, 2011 1:09 a.m.

    So many awesome games I'm looking forward to: Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One, Gears of War 3, Loz: Skyward Sword, Super Mario Bros. 3DS... but Assassin's Creed has always held a special place in my video game soul. I need to play Brotherhood, but once I do I'm definately putting this game on my wishlist!
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - May 9, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    The only part I'm sad about is that Assassin's Creed is turning into one of those games that releases every year. Let's just hope it updates its multiplayer though, Brotherhood probaly has the worst matchmaking of any game I've ever played.
  • jayajaya415 - May 9, 2011 11:05 p.m.

    Will I actually die in this game? Will there even be a reason to act like an assassin at all?
  • Jbo87 - May 9, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    @ Gilligan They already made that game. It was called the Saboteur. It bombed. Then the developer closed down.
  • CoryM1134 - May 9, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    @VenomVip7 You're not in present day Istanbul, you're in hundreds of years ago Constantinople. I know that's what you meant, just clearing it up for anyone scratching their heads.
  • CoryM1134 - May 9, 2011 10:31 p.m.

    @VenomVip7 You're not in present day Istanbul, you're in hundreds of years ago Constantinople. I know that's what you meant, just clearing it up for anyone scratching their heads.
  • SPAZFM - May 9, 2011 10:14 p.m.

  • Gameguy94 - May 9, 2011 9:53 p.m.

    Hope they make it more focused on stealth this time and actually let me die.
  • XLGirthMan - May 9, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    Ezio should be the hero of every new Assassin's Creed until he's 80 and walking with a cane. Imagine the innovative gameplay.
  • VenomVip7 - May 9, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    @buminyaface You're not in Italy on this one. You are in present day Istanbul.
  • Gilligan - May 9, 2011 9:45 p.m.

    ffs another Ezio outing?? Freshen up the series! Imagine being an assassin in Nazi occupied Paris. Climbing the Eiffel tower? Hells to the yeah.
  • Redeater - May 9, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    They are going to have to add a shit load of innovation in order for me to care about this now annual franchise. Story wise they didn't progress at fucking all in Brotherhood. Well that is until the last 4 WTF minutes.
  • Fedexcommando - May 9, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    Bomb crafting you say? Looks like we'll be invincible badass rambo assassins again... However I still have to buy this....damn you Brotherhood and your cliffhanger ending.
  • Mooshon - May 9, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    Really loved levelling up my Assassins and buying all the buildings in Brotherhood, but that game really petered out towards the end. Really looking for some deeper progression from this one to justify yet another run as Ezio.

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