Rumour: Assassin's Creed 2 Moves To Venice

A Kotaku reader writes us to say that he's seen a first glimpse of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed 2, his recounting of which is different from what we'd previously heard rumoured about the sequel.

Reader James tells us that the focus testing he saw places the next Assassin's Creed in Venice, Italy, and that "disguises were also said to play a part in this game." The Carnival of Venice sure sounds like a good fit to us—plenty of opportunities to stab portly bad guys in the neck.

We know the game is coming, but does James' description of the rumoured follow-up sound like something you'd want to play? His description follows.

Venice 15th/16th century, The camera pans onto the city focusing on the hustle and bustle of daily life. think the civilians from Assassin's Creed 1 but more interactive with each other. During this scene we see a man passing money to the hands of an attractive girl, (originally i didn't notice this but was told by the rep that it does happen).

2 Men, a relatively large one and a skinny one step off a boat with a cohort of guards and proceed to a Square within the city, where a masked ball was taking place. Every ones dancing around, not much to say here other than that it was a ball.

The girl seen previously accepting the bribe, approaches the skinnier of the two men and takes him off to the crowd, for a dance, she was good looking, who'd say no. The camera spins around them centrally, but focusing on the dancers as a whole.

A guy comes out from the side, dressed in dancers garb and proceeds to stab this skinnier man in the neck, with what looks like the finger blade from AC1. Man dies spewing blood, garbble garbble etcetc.

The 2nd of the men, the fatter one, notices this and proceeds to run, after sending the guards after the protagonist. Who, by this time has reached the roof and runs parallel to the target who continues to run on the floor. The player jumps off onto the ground and the fat man stops. commenting on the fanciness of the jump.

Facing off, the fat man continues to speak. i cant quite recall the exact words but it was something along the lines of "It was a shame that your mother had to die, she was a beautiful woman ... Your father on the other hand, it was due to your arrogance that he died"

The protagonist then shoots at the fat man with a bolt pistol, and the trailer ends.

Post trailer discussion, a family feud was hinted at, yet nothing was said about the brotherhood. Disguises were also said to play a part in this game. The trailer was not fully textured or rendered but seemed on par to the crow trailer originally showed for Assassin's Creed 1. due to the lack of textures and the like combined with the fluidity i would assume it wasn't gameplay. Furthermore after the trailer was shown, I was shown 3 pictures of the protagonist, all in different clothes and chose to pick a favourite. significantly underneath the word "ezio" was written on all 3 pictures. I believe this to be the guys name, as it sounds Italian. Again his face wasn't entirely shown, so i assume it is the future reliving the past again.

Was told that this would be shown at a game expo this year, but not told which one. Hinted E3 when pressured. Release was given though on a broad scale. Late this year early next.


    Personally I find it hard to believe. Why all the visions of the past stuff in the original game which clearly pointed to South America, Japan, and China, admittedly it can all be ignored as simply the previous subjects memories and Desmond doesn't pursue it.

    It just seems bizarre to me to give you all this content after the credits and then just decide it wasn't any good and throw it all away.


      Maybe all the hints at all those places were just that...hints. I mean, the main idea itself is that the overall character Desmond (If I remember his name correctly..) has ancestors through history and that all were in fact assassins.

      In just saying that in its self the creators have more creative space to place the players in where ever they so wish it. Such as they are doing with Ezio in Italy. Just a thought...

      But more than likely if they don't use those places in this installment on the series (because lets be honest, they could always just add those places in this game if they feel like it and we probally wouldn't even know until the game came out)they would probally put it in the other ones...if it continues I mean....

    I think James just cost himself a job. Perhaps a career depending on exactly what it is he was doing at Ubisoft.

    Foolish man.

    Well if they're setting it in Venice, then they'd better have taught your character how to bloody swim this time around...

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