For: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
When?: November 15th 2011
What’s it all about? Assassin’s Creed Revelations is the final chapter in hero Ezio Auditore’s story, the conclusion to the epic events laid out in Assassin’s Creed 2 and continued in Brotherhood. While no doubt people will begin questioning where AC3 will be set immediately after release, the multiplayer component has been designed to give you your fix until November 2012 – the semi-inevitable date we’ll be getting out hands on the next (new?) instalment. We played the Multiplayer Beta earlier this week.
The first thing you’ll notice is how little things have changed. The design style is still mostly the same, with a few differences in architecture. Graphically, it’s still a powerhouse, but the series certainly doesn’t have the edge it had three or four years ago. The characters still move the same, the control scheme is still the same and it’s easy to get back into with little trouble.
Upon your initial launch, you’ll find a rather nice tutorial setup which plunges you right into learning how to play one of the new match types – Deathmatch. Deathmatch is much like “Wanted” mode from Brotherhood. You must hunt down and kill a target while simultaneously avoiding being killed. There are a couple of differences: the maps are significantly smaller, there is only one of each player type (so no hiding amongst lookalikes), and there is no compass. The latter means you must rely on line-of-site entirely to find your mark.
The second thing you’ll notice, paradoxically, is how much things have changed. The characters you can choose, while still definitely of the Assassin’s Creed world, are designed well enough that I seriously look forward to getting to know them better (just before killing them) in the single player adventure. The new kill animations will feel fresh and original to anybody that spent time online in Brotherhood, as well as having a new set of unlocks to sink your time into.
Ubisoft have managed to borrow from Black Ops in regards to unlocks, awarding you with Templar points for completing challenges and playing games. These Templar points are then spent on upgrading your perks and abilities, as well as buying new costume parts for your favourite character.
The fact that the Revelations’ system has only really changed a little bit will be off-putting for those that had complaints about Brotherhood. The entire online mode seems to have been polished, but there are still issues that I know people were complaining about this time last year in the Brotherhood beta. Despite that, long-time players will not be disappointed and, if the Beta is anything to go on, Revelations is going to be a pretty big deal this November.
Worth the wait? Modern Warfare 3 comes out the week before Revelations, Battlefield 3 is released a week before that. On PS3, just to make things that much worse, Uncharted 3 is available early November as well. I say this not to take away from Assassin’s Creed, but to put this release date into context. AC is going up against some pretty heavy hitters, and from what I’ve played it probably won’t live up to the longevity of those other titles.
With that said, it’s a must-play title, simple as that. It’ll be a brilliant experience and be well worth every penny – you just have to choose your priorities.