Assassin’s Creed sold over 8 million copies across the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC platforms. The developer, Ubisoft Montreal, is hoping to improve on their highly successful series with a sequel, Assassin’s Creed II. Ubisoft CGI trailer during their press conference at E3 2009, which we have included in this preview.
Ubisoft also released a gameplay video, demonstrating many of the improvements they have made over the original game. Players can now disarm enemy soldiers and use their own weapons against them, something that should come in handy, as enemy artificial intelligence has been significantly upgraded. New equipment is also available to the player in Assassin’s Creed II, including inventions by Leonardo Da Vinci such as his famous flying machine.
Assassin’s Creed II is set in 15th century Italy, in the city of Venice and the regions of Tuscany and Florence. This period in history is known as the Renaissance, a revival of scientific philosophies and societal progress. The protagonist is Ezio, an ancestor of the modern day Desmond, just as Altair was Desmond’s ancestor during the period of the Crusades. Ubisoft Montreal claims that the rich setting will allow them to make a varied and continually interesting game environment.
The player is now able to swim, allowing for more stealthy insertions and escapes. Ezio is also seen using the long range of a guard’s halberd to keep several enemies at a safe distance.
Ezio can also hold guards hostage,, preventing them from alerting other nearby enemies. He is performing an aerial assassination in the second screenshot, an ability that returns from the original Assassin’s Creed, but that is now easier for the player to use.
In the original Assassin’s Creed, the player’s allies would distract guards, but would not actually engage them in swordfights, as allies in the sequel will do. Ezio can also be seen using another piece of equipment, the dual hidden blades, to assassinate two opponents at once. The player will have many of these types of weapons at their disposal, including a concealed firearm that can kill from a distance.
Ezio can now assassinate enemies from virtually any position, including while he is climbing a building, as seen in the above screenshot.
Assassin’s Creed II is scheduled to release November 17th, 2009 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC platforms.
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