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Assassin's Creed announced for PS3

%26bull;Assassin's Creed teaser trailer (MOV, 8.96MB)- right-click to download

Wednesday 3 May 2006
Ubisoft has announced Assassin's Creed for PS3 - the latest project currently in development at the publisher's Montreal studio, best known as the creative force behind the Splinter Cell and latter-day Prince of Persia games. You can see an Assassin's Creed teaser trailer by clicking the link above.

Assassin's Creed is a stealth/action epic set at the height of the Third Crusade in 12th-century Jerusalem, and seems to borrow elements from both Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia. As an acrobatic young killer named Altair, players will work for the Assassins, a secret society dedicated to ending the Crusade.

Above: As this artwork for Assassin's Creed shows, the game's Holy Land setting is similar in style to Prince of Persia's Babylonian backdrop

According to Ubisoft's announcement, the game will give players the ability to "throw their immediate environment into chaos and to shape events during this pivotal moment in history".

We haven't seen anything of the gameplay yet, but the trailer does give an impressive look at the game's vision of Jerusalem. It also introduces us to the white-cloaked Altair as he kills an assortment of European knights in a gruesome display (which includes a too-much-information shot from the inside of a knife wound).

The setting and potentially controversial subject matter have us intrigued, so we're looking forward to seeing more of Assassin's Creed next week at E3.

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