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PS3 embraces the Assassin's Creed

Ubisoft rips the veil off a next-gen game that drops you into the boots of a 12th century assassin

Ubisoft's Montreal studio, responsible for the Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell games, is whipping a PS3 title named Assassin's Creed into shape.

Assassin's Creed, the first game in a franchise sporting an identical moniker, is set in 1191 AD during the time of the Third Crusade and the war in the Holy Land. According to the plot, ruthless assassins intend to halt hostilities via suppression of the powers battling in the conflict. Players slip into the guise of a character called Altair and wield the power to "throw their immediate environment into chaos and to shape events during this pivotal moment in history", Ubisoft has stated.

A bit of artwork

The publisher enthuses that the Assassin's Creed franchise "will combine compelling new gameplay, superb graphics, and an immersive and sophisticated storyline to deliver an epic experience that will launch the action genre into the next generation and beyond." Blimey.

Yannis Mallat, chief executive officer at Ubisoft's Montreal studio, has added: "Assassin's Creed is going to push the video game experience as we know it today into an entirely new direction. Assassin's Creed's compelling theme and storyline experienced through the next-generation console will captivate audiences and affect them on the same level as an epic novel or film."

Assassin's Creed on PS3 will be on show at E3 next week, so more soon. In the meantime, Ubisoft has released a teaser trailer which we've uploaded here for your perusal. The publisher expects the game to release in 2007.