Secrets of the Assassin's Creed 2 teaser trailer revealed

The Assassin's Creed 2 teaser site has gone live, complete with cryptic word puzzles and webcam frippery. But what does it all mean? Is there any kind of information to be gleaned from it? You bet! Have a look at the video for yourself and then read on for everything found so far.

It does NOT depict Altair
The figures shown in the diagrams do not have their middle fingers cut short, which suggests they're pictures of someone else (unconfirmed reports suggest a new hero called Ezio). Of course, they could be mere schematics of a new hidden blade, but the video definitely makes a point of showing fully-fingered hands with the blades coming from the wrist, so logically these are not the assassins of the first game.

There will be flight/gliding of some description
Altair is referred to as the 'Eagle' in the first game, with promotional artwork showing his shadow to take the form of the beautiful bird of prey.

But these diagrams look too much like mechanical schematics to be metaphorical. See how these wings appear to be made of wood and bound together at the joints - they're certainly not the wings of a bird.

It would fit the game so well, to climb one of the tallest towers and then glide across the city and landing right behind your intended target. And there's more evidence of flight that we'll come to shortly...

It's most likely set around the 15th Century
The whole style of the drawing is not just reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci's work but blatantly copies it, clearly with the intent to look like it was drawn by the man himself. Da Vinci lived from 1452 to 1519. Look at the oddly de-genitaled Vitruvian Man from the teaser site in comparison to Da Vinci's own work:

Above: The Assassin's Creed 2 Vitruvian Man

Above: Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, complete with man bits

Like Da Vinci's unpublished texts, the writing is mirrored. And Ubisoft appear to have copied the Vitruvian Man text word for word, implying the concealed blade was the design of Da Vinci himself.

It's likely to be set in Venice:
A report that people have seen 'swimming animations' for Altair couples with a separate report that the game will be set in Venice, even if it's not Altair himself who'll be doing the swimming.

If the game is set in Renaissance Venice, it's likely to look extremely beautiful. Imagine looking down from a high vantage point at reflective water effects between Italian architecture stretching off into the distance. Incidentally, Da Vinci did briefly live in Venice during his lifetime, so the mixture of teaser and rumour sounds plausible to us.

Extra clues:
However, the solid Assassins Creed 2 details haven't ended yet. At the end of the video on the teaser site, an Animus logo appears on the left. Click this and you get taken to a new area of the teaser site, which asks for permission to use your webcam. By printing out and physically showing the webcam a symbol downloadable from the site, you can unlock 3D images, presumably from the work in progress game. Different symbols unlock different images.

There's only one officially released so far - the 'EFBUI' file:

Above: The EFBUI file via webcam - your character's hand with the blade

The image is fully 3D and moves with your printout as you hold the paper at different angles in front of the camera. There may only be one symbol officially available so far, but of course that doesn't stop Assassin's Creed's fans, who have been sharing symbol designs on the game's official forum to uncover two more from the list:

Above: The IFSP file

Above: The VQHSBEF file, which shows two hidden blades. And man bits

The names have also been decoded by clever forumites (using a code we used to send messages to a girl we liked at school!) - just switch the letters in each word for the letters preceding them in the alphabet and you get: EFBUI = Death, IFSP = Hero, VQHSBEF = Upgrade, BMBUPNZ = Anatomy and GMZ = Fly.

Surely 'Fly' is going to answer a lot of questions. Can you figure out the symbols to unlock the two remaining images? Let us know!

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  • yoshi639 - April 16, 2009 4:32 a.m.

    have you people not read the new game informer yet?
  • breener96 - April 13, 2009 2:34 p.m.

    haha! Looks like a class game and dat ting above dis is the 9 circles of hell according to breener96!! hahahahahahahahahaha!!!
  • breener96 - April 13, 2009 2:31 p.m.

    HipstersCircle I LimboCreationistsCircle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy WindOsama bin Laden, Saddam HusseinCircle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & SnowGreens, George BushCircle IV Rolling WeightsGoths, Militant VegansCircle V Stuck in Mud, MangledRiver StyxPETA MembersCircle VI Buried for EternityRiver PhlegyasRednecks, RepublicansCircle VII Burning SandsScientologists, NAMBLA MembersCircle IIX Immersed in ExcrementThe New York YankeesCircle IX Frozen in IceDesign your own hell
  • withinthesuffering - April 12, 2009 9:04 a.m.

    themain charecter (Ezio Auditore de Firenze), just to make sure you know DOES in fact have dual wrist blades, you CAN swim and you DO have a pack, but you use it to glide and he IS a decendent of that good ol` badass Altair And ummmm Desmonds in it to
  • withinthesuffering - April 12, 2009 8:36 a.m.

    sauzy33 if you access lucys computer near the end go into deleted files and i think it says something to do with "the leak" at the credit it says somthint about it (i think it does but ive not gone to that bit yet) lucy is the leak (the leak is a sort of gap into the real world for assassins to get into our time)
  • KCC85UK - April 10, 2009 7:26 p.m.

    just hope its a good game
  • danno84a - April 10, 2009 6:50 a.m.

    Oops if someone already found it, but I figured out the 4th artifact for those of you with webcams. You can get it here.
  • breadlord - April 9, 2009 11:36 p.m.

    @z-man427 From vast thinking, upgrade is the able to use dual weapons FYI, from the Man with dual blades. If there was swimming, it would be just like fly, only water or swim. But it just came out i may be wrong.
  • Spybreak8 - April 9, 2009 7:22 a.m.

    Man I stopped playing AC1 a while ago but this has definitely got me to reconsider.
  • Sebastian16 - April 9, 2009 2:01 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure that's the coolest thing I've ever seen.
  • Smeggs - April 9, 2009 12:56 a.m.

    Here is my guess Death: Yeah, you kill people...and I guess you could alos be considered death. Hero: A pic of a guy from behind with all his fingers, so not Altair. Upgrade: Either the wristblade you now actually have built up into your arm, or possibly upgradable weaponry. Anatomy: 99% sure its talking about the way those wrist blades are built up into the guy's arms. Fly: I swear if Ubi fails on the idea I'm having of pulling a hawk soaring-glide across a city I'mma be more than angry. Just think, after you kill a guy when you run from gaurds, just climb a high wall and "WHOOSH!" you're all the way across the country before they can even yell "THERE HE IS!" Also considering Desmond obviously had a CRAP-TON more ancestors since the 1100's, I'm pretty sure that it'll just be the next on after Altair, possibly his son and or apprentice.
  • deathrebellion - April 8, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    well although this wuzn't much 'revealed' cuz i kinda figured almost all of wat u guys said..... but anyway u guys gave enough info to satisfy.... and didn't a guy really try flying while strapping wing-like things to his arms and jump off a cliff and die in the Da Vinci period
  • WiLdFiRe567 - April 8, 2009 7:25 p.m.

    Wow i just started playing AC 1 again, huh.
  • Coolbeans69 - April 8, 2009 6:33 p.m.

    i hope altair is in the second game, he was a badass
  • zurc136 - April 8, 2009 5:31 p.m.

    Awesome. All the DaVinci stuff is perfect for a game like this, and I can't wait to run around 15th century Italy.
  • Quiklop - April 8, 2009 5:22 p.m.

  • Spartan523 - April 8, 2009 3:17 p.m.

    guys theres a way to decode the words. someone on the forums cracked it. its actually very simple. efubi becomes death. look at the letter that comes before, so E is D, F is E ect. ifsp is hero and vqhsbef is upgrade!
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - April 8, 2009 2:52 p.m.

    @Thanoruk: I reckon there's going to be something a little more freelance this time, or at least with a smaller cult or organisation, seeing as this is nearer to the present day than the last one, and smaller organisations/cults/whatever seem more shady and elusive plus, that could give us some speculation as to who/why your working for/with Swimming would definitely be an improvement Flying? Eeeh... not so. Mainly because what made Altair seem so cool was that he made brilliant jumps and daredevil parkour without any special equipment. Giving his replacement equipment is like showing someone how to kill with their bare hands, letting them do that for a while, then giving them an RPG And on the Da Vinci subject, I reckon that it is implying that he has designed the blade(s) and may even be part of the assassin/templar conspiracy (reference to ealier note) On "Upgrade", i think it might simply be talking about the standard of weapons available, but i hope its referencing the possibility of buying/customising your weapons. On "Fly", I think it may be linked to upgrade, as you may be able to buy/use/make some more projectile weapons, like a crossbow, perhaps? God i hope this doesnt fall foul to its own hype.....
  • Captain-Gorbster - April 8, 2009 1:25 p.m.

    I have one theory which is way out there but i'm still going to let everyone know: With all this mention of Da Vinci's works, maybe art is the focus of the next game, perhaps the game will have a level in and around a huge art gallery, like the Louvre. And it would make sense to have the wing thingies because the Louvre is such a massive place. Yeah it's strange, but what doesn't happen in video games nowadays?
  • Selectedpayload - April 8, 2009 10:27 a.m.

    If you play as a new character in a more recent time, then surely you'll be a younger assassin. You know like in hollywood movies where the new guy is loaded down with gadgets and the veteran just gets the job done with nothing but a butterknife and a toothpick. Just makes sence. Also while writing this i had a thought. If Splinter Cell Conviction is still going ahead with the crowd stealth similar to AC, then mabye Ubisoft are trying to steer AC2 toward the old Spy vs Merc. or mabye not.

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