Assassin’s Creed Revelations: Assassin’s Dens Explained

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Assassin's Creed Revelations Dens Explained

Assassin’s Creed Revelations is going to be bringing some new features to the Assassin’s Creed universe in an expanded multiplayer experience, and new weapons and travel mechanics for the single player campaign. One previously mentioned feature is the fight for Constantinople between the Assassins and the Templars, and we’re finally being given details on just what this fight is going to entail.

The Borgia Towers played an important role in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood as strongholds that increased the number of guards in a region, and restricting Ezio’s access to shops, banks, stables, and underground tunnels in the surrounding area. These will be making a return in Assassin’s Creed Revelations as Assassin’s Dens – hidden locations around Constantinople that serve as bases of operations for the Assassins in the city.

While the Dens are under Assassin control, Ezio will have the ability to upgrade shops in the area just like in Brotherhood, but these shops will once again have multiple tiers of upgrades, like Monteriggioni’s shops in Assassin’s Creed 2.

It’s not clear how many tiers these shops will have or just how much upgraded shops will impact gameplay, but it’s a welcome change regardless.

The Dens are going to be under constant threat of Templar attack, and as Ezio’s notoriety rises, so too will the risk of them being captured. If control of a Den is lost Ezio will lose the ability to upgrade surrounding buildings, and more neutral Ottoman guards will be replaced with aggressive Byzantine guards allied with the Templars.

Ezio will be able to go in personally to defend Dens or if the player can’t be bothered to defend these strongholds, there will be an option to send assassin recruits to repel the Templar attacks. This defense system will work just like the assassin missions in Brotherhood did, with the percentage chance of victory decided by who is sent to defend the Den.

Assassin's Creed Revelations Assassin's Dens Revealed

Assassins will once again have a leveling system in place, but instead of 10 levels the assassins in Revelations will have a level cap of 15. Once they reach level 10 they will attain the rank of master assassin and be able to defend Assassin Dens. A welcome addition to the formula from Brotherhood is the more unique personalities the assassins will possess, sometimes requesting that you go on missions with them, and players will also be given the ability to customize them to a greater extent.

Here’s where it gets really interesting, and perhaps even a little confusing. As you unlock more Assassin’s Dens around Constantinople you will gain access to missions outside of the city that span the greater Templar/Assassin war across the Mediterranean. Other cities are fighting their own battles, and you will be able to fight for districts in those cities. The way these battles are played out is still yet to be revealed, but apparently the player will be able to participate in the outcome of these battles, or let the AI handle it on its own.

All in all, it looks like Ubisoft has made a much greater effort to expand on all the new gameplay mechanics that made their way into Brotherhood and ensure that they’re even better in Revelations. This is shaping up to be the biggest release in the series yet with so much to do, some may even wonder if they’ll find the time to play the single player campaign.

Who are we kidding, it’ll be virtually impossible to skip over a single player campaign that features Ezio’s last chapter and the reveal of Desmond’s backstory.

Are you looking forward to fighting for Constantinople, or were Borgia towers a bore for you?

Assassin’s Creed Revelations will have you fighting for the whole of the Mediterranean when it releases on November 15, 2011 for the Xbox 360, PC, and PS3.

Source: GameInformer

TAGS: Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed Revelations, PC, PS3, Ubisoft

  • zero enna

    I’m absurdly excited!

  • Nando

    Sebastian, you’re doing a hell of a job in the AC coverage. My only question thus far is if Ezio will still have a double hidden blade? Or is the hookblade a permanent substitute to the second hidden blade?

    • Sebastian Gaweda

      So far, I haven’t seen any evidence that shows the double blade will be making a return, but as far as implementing it and making it work, I can still see it making a return.

      If you remember the teaser trailer put out this week, there’s an assassin’s arm shown with the assassin’s hidden blade being shattered. If that’s Ezio’s arm, then the hookblade could be a replacement for that hidden blade. That would mean a double hidden blade is once again an upgrade later in the game, if it makes a return.

      • Johnny

        I do beleive the double hidden blade may make a return, also there is the introduction of the new hook blade which will play an interesting role in combat and moving around the city

  • Zero

    Dis game is goin to be tha best game of tha year hands down

  • guest202

    So excited for these new gameplay mechanics, Absolutely loved the recruits in brotherhood and cannot wait to see how things play out in this new game!!

  • Alienange

    The dens sound great. Kind of like taking over the businesses in Godfather II. Send in your guys to defend or do it yourself. Very fun that. Gotta wrap up Brotherhood now.

  • Ignur_Rant

    Has there been aditional word on the Altair apperance?

    and I hope they address Ezio old age in gameplay.

  • John

    I know that Ubisoft has been planning Assassin’s Creed 3. But im not completley sure if this game is considered the 3rd or not. I dont think so but im not sure. any help?

  • Francesc

    I doubt that AC Revelations can be played on PC, because the official trailer does not show the PC logos, there are only XBOX and PS3. If that happens, it mean a lot of people can’t play the game, like me. :(

  • RobertCloutman

    AC Revelations is set to come out on PC on the 29th of november

  • CM

    In the games it states that you can upgrade your dens……
    Does anyone know how to do this?

  • fritx