: Revelations – The Real Truth Revealed
, Altair & Ezio Return:- The final facts predicted
©2011 David Hilton
[Ed.: This article was written BEFORE the announcement today, as you can most certainly tell. We predicted it before it was announced, and we still throw out some additional theories about the game! Article also includes updates and screenshots..
Released this November (X360/PS3/PC)
New UPDATE here.
The next Assassin's Creed game will not feature a new Assassin and will not be Assassin's Creed 3.
Instead it will feature the two Assassins from the previous games and take them deep into the heart of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.
Assassin's Creed fans around the world have been carefully watching the slow-drip reveals that Ubisoft has been providing via the Assassin's Facebook and trying to unravel the mystery of the next Assassin's Creed game.
It started with images of Altair's arm and an Arabic inscription that read "Altair, Son of No-one", followed by images of a fortification on a cliffside, and an inscription of the Greek Phaistos Disc from Crete.
We see the full image of Altair, the inscription of Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I's Tughra (official seal), and then one of the Two-Headed Eagle (holding sphere and sword) and first used by the Byzantine Empire, then the Greek Orthodox Church, and then the Russian Imperial Court, check its history out here.
We also have the dates 11/1/1165 and 6/24/1459, which are Altair and Ezio’s birthdays.
Then Ezio will make an appearance in the final reveal. [Ed. This is exactly what happened today]
So what does all this indicate?
(Spoiler) Desmond was last seen in a coma and being plugged back into an Animus after killing Lucy.
It makes sense to tie his two famous Assassin descendants, Altair from the Crusades and Ezio from the Italian Renaissance together to complete their stories and move onto a new Assassin and time period in Assassin’s Creed 3. To tie up all the loose ends, so to speak.
There is also a precedent for the two Assassins appearing in the same game. In Assassin’s Creed 2 we briefly get to return to Altair in the Middle East as Desmond experiences the bleed effect. I personally enjoyed the change and didn’t find it jarring at all.
Update May 10: It has now been revealed by Game Informer magazine that the way this will work is that you will play as Ezio chasing down five seals which will give him access to an important artifact in Masyaf (the Assassins headquarters in AC1). After each seal is returned, Ezio gets to relive Altair’s memories.
Return of the Eagle
During Altair’s lifetime, Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine Empire, the Medieval remnants of the former Roman Empire. It also was the seat of the Greek Orthodox Christian church, which was separate (and often in conflict with) the Catholic Church of Rome.
Its vast empire was by Altair’s time diminishing, though much of Greece and parts of Anatolia (Turkey) were still under its control.
It was the cry for help by the Byzantine Empire that led to the Crusades in the first place, though they were looking more for some mercenaries than the mass movement that was to follow.
In fact during the Fourth Crusade in 1204, which followed Altair’s story in Assassin’s Creed 1 (the Third Crusade with Richard), the Western Crusaders ended up sacking their fellow Christians in Constantinople instead of heading for Egypt.
You can find more information on this with our 2009 Assassin’s Creed 3 prediction article HERE).
Altair would be 39 years old in 1204.
• Assassin’s Creed Revelations image slideshow
Perhaps the coded Greek Phaistos Disc is a piece of Eden, or a way to find one, and as Greece is influenced by the Byzantine Empire, Altair must rescue it or use it in Constantinople.
Or perhaps the physical orb or sword depicted by the Byzantine symbol leads to the fortress atop the cliffs and a temple where he finds the Phaistos.
What about Ezio?
We know he often sent Assassins to Constantinople, but what would bring him there?
Well the time period of Suleiman I (who ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1520 to his death in 1566) is one of much conflict between the West and East again.
While Altair represented the East, Ezio is a Westerner. This time it is the East and a Muslim army invading the West.
Constantinople and what remained of the moribund Byzantine Empire were already conquered and Constantinople was the seat of Ottoman power. Suleiman was busy with his conquests of Rhodes (held by the other Crusader Holy Order, the Knights Hospitaller), Belgrade, Buda (Budapest), Libya, Iraq, and most of Hungary.
Ezio, in the 1520s, is in his 60s now, but age didn’t seem to slow him much in Brotherhood, and besides; he has a group of Assassins to help. Maybe he found the fountain of youth?
Is he also after the orb or sword depicted in the Byzantine Two-Headed Eagle?
Is the backdrop of warfare and invasion again mirroring a more secret conflict between the Templars and the Assassins over the items of power from the Ones Who Came Before?
Location, Location, Location…
Was it way too soon to have done an Assassin’s Creed 3 justice? After all, with the 3 comes an expectation that there would be major upgrades in some way. It seemed to soon to have had enough time to form a new backstory, protagonist, location, and feel.
The fact that this is a game that looks to link the first two games but in a new place excites me. Particularly as the location, Constantinople, is ideal for an Assassin’s Creed game, as I’ve stated back in 2009.
What do you think of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations so far? Are you as excited as I am?
I personally can’t wait to send Ezio to infiltrate the Sultan’s Topkapi Palace and find the harem of beautiful women…
In addition to Ezio’s award-winning story, the acclaimed online multiplayer experience returns, refined and expanded, with more modes, more maps and more characters that allow players to test their assassin skills against others from around the world.
- Player customisation
- More community features
- Constantinople era maps
- More story to multiplayer (learn more about Abstergo company)
We also have the first image available, which is to your right.
More images will be available as we find them, included below.
• Australian Release Dates: X360, PS3 in October; PC in November
Below you will find explanations from Ubisoft on the various aspects of the game, and how you’ll be involved throughout the story, which is the final chapter in the Enzio life-line of Assassin’s Creed.
Assasin’s Creed 3 will be a new protagonist, and a new time era and location. There’s lots of speculations as to where and when, but we’ll certainly keep looking out for more news on both titles. And as always, OXCGN will endeavour to get you the real nuts-n-bolts of the game series, rather than simple on paragraph snippets gleaned from other sites.
If you love a game, like many Assassin’s Creed fans do, then you want as much detailed information as possible, so read on, and we’ll put out more details as they come to hand.
• Assassin’s Creed: Beautiful Lies.
An excellent fan-made video compilling different aspects of both Alair and Enzio and lastly, Desmond, runs for 5.5 mins and is excellent. The music used is named at the end.
©2011 David Hilton
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- Assassin’s Creed 3 – Where and When to Next Part 1. –Read more.
- Assassin’s Creed 3 – Where and When to Next Part 2 –Read more.
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Review (Single Player)
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Review (Multiplayer)
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood: (Almost) Modern Warfare – do you agree with new direction? Look Here.
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood novels HERE
- Assassin’s Creed Ascendance Animated Film teaser HERE
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood: Beta Kill Video and Verdict here.
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