There are many of you out there wondering what’s going to happen to Ezio at the end of Assassin’s Creed Revelations and how the story will progress – and that just means that the men and women at Ubisoft are doing their job right. However they have another job for players, which will let you forgo those worries for a few weeks, and instead enjoy just some simple, stealthy, combat.
Starting September 3rd — exclusively for the PlayStation 3 — Assassin’s Creed Revelations takes its multiplayer into the beta stage – and is bringing a whole heap of new and updated tools of the trade for players to test out. The beta, at this stage, will only open for PlayStation Plus and Uplay members (Uplay members will receive their Beta invite via email), and will run for about three weeks: no official end date has been determined.
Gameplay will include a little of the old and the new, bringing back fan-favorite modes and abilities, while throwing out a few of the new ones in the process. Perks, streaks, and loss bonuses have all been redesigned to include things like “Animus Hacking” – where, after a kill streak of six, a player can rain down arrows and kill all Templars on the map.
Speaking of maps, the playing field will be freshened up and available at outset to allow players to take one of nine possible assassin’s out for a stroll. Comprised of three new maps — Knight’s Hospital, Antioch, and Constantinople — the new spaces will give a whole list of areas for characters to run, jump, dive, and hide.
Though be careful, as the four possible modes have been tweaked since Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, which means they will no doubt be a bit different. Bringing back Wanted and Manhunt, the long-awaited Deathmatch is making an appearance as well. Another new mode, Artifact Assault, asks teams to try and steal the opposing player’s artifact in a “Capture the flag” style of play. The catch is however; players are allowed to kill only when they are in their territory – adding a new level of complexity.
To get away and make those kills, a select few abilities will be available, including Smoke, Morph, Fire Crackers, Throwing Knives and more. There are a few new ones as well, including a Tripwire Bomb and Closure ,which captures enemies or a target, allowing you to step in for the kill (or whatever other action is required).
For more details on the Beta, including a more in-depth breakdown on the characters, modes, and additional content offered, you can head to the Assassin’s Creed Revelations forum. In the meantime, it would be wise to sharpen up those stealth skills.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations releases for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on November 15, 2011.