Game publisher Ubisoft announced today that a multiplayer beta for its historic action-adventure game Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will open on the PlayStation 3 for PlayStation Plus and Uplaymembers on September 3. The trial period will let gamers sample nine characters, three maps, four modes, and eight abilities from the upcoming title’s multiplayer component. The beta will end on September 11.
Gamers will have access to nine characters (The Sentinel, The Vanguard, The Guardian, The Vizier, The Thespian, The Deacon, The Bombadier, The Trickster and the Champion), three maps (Knight’s Hospital, Antioch, and Constantinople), and four modes (Wanted, Manhunt, Deathmatch and Artifact Assault).
The game will feature all three of the series major characters so far: Altaïr ibn La-Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze and Desmond Miles. It will take Ezio to Ottoman Constantinople in 1511 AD, consisting of four districts: Constantin, Beyazid, Imperial, and Galata; Cappadocia at the peak of the Ottoman Empire, part of which will be a completely underground city populated solely by Templars; and Masyaf, which holds the old Assassins’ stronghold (featured in the first Assassin’s Creed game) to which Ezio travels at the beginning of the game. He discovers Altaïr has sealed within the fortress an ancient artifact that is said to be a powerful weapon which could end the Templar and Assassin war forever, and has hidden the keys in Constantinople. Ezio uses relics of the first civilization that hold memories of Altaïr to relive Altaïr’s experiences, during which players will control Altair.
The game will also continue Desmond’s story in the modern day, following the events of Brotherhood, where he will be trapped in the Animus, in comatose state, in which he has found a safe mode known as the Black Room. In the Black Room, Desmond must find a key memory that links him with Altaïr and Ezio to reintegrate his splintered subconscious and regain consciousness. While in game Ezio will meet a variety of historical characters, including Manuel Palaiologos, an heir to the now lost Byzantine Empire, Byzantine Templars who will be lurking in the shadows of Constantinople, Prince Suleiman (Suleiman the Magnificent), a man who will one day become one of the Ottoman Empire’s greatest Sultans and his uncle, Prince Ahmet.
Revelations will be the final Assassin’s Creed main series game to depict Altaïr and Ezio as main characters, since Assassin’s Creed III will introduce a new protagonist. The game will follow the series’ standard open-world gameplay. New gameplay additions include an item called the hookblade, which can be used to zipline across the city or grab enemies to yank them in for a combo attack. The hookblade reportedly speeds up navigation by around 30 percent. Along with the hookblade, Ezio will also have 300 different bomb variations at his disposal, which will be craftable.
Multiplayer gameplay is also making a return in Revelations. The mode expands the basics of online modes from Brotherhood with new characters and locations. Players will be able to customize their characters’ appearance and weapons, as well as start a guild and create its unique coat of arms. Matchmaking and game interface will be improved.Ubisoft says that while the component is returning, they’re putting greater focus towards the narrative, as it’s the heart of the franchise. As players level up in the game, they will move up in their Abstergo Templar rank and gain access to more information about the company. New multiplayer modes will be added to the already existing modes, including "story-oriented quests". Some multiplayer maps will be based in the island of Rhodes.