Oh, and a double-sided disc packed with HD movies, trailers, new footage and blades to customise your 360. And a 196-page cheats book. And, as an added bonus, we've stuffed the third part of our exclusive AC interview into this post. Blimey.
First, the issue: it's a hottie. Coming in a plush silver bag, it's rammed with big games:
Eight pages of new shots and story revelations. Want to know what the 'future twist' is? We know. And we tear it to shreds here.
Six page blowout featuring screenshots and plot secrets - want to know which characters from previous GTA's will be turning up? We tell you.
Exclusive gameplay details and an exclusive chinwag with Bungie themselves.
Weirdest. Game. Twist. Yet. And we're the only magazine that knows what it is.
... AND MORE!
Devil May Cry 4, The Darkness, Peter Jackson's Halo, WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008, Colin McRae Dirt and a genuine world exclusive as we reveal Hydrophobia - with screens and gameplay details - the startling new game from coders Blaze that reinvents water. Completely.
OH, AND THERE'S THIS TOO...
Double-sided disc featuring five awesome HD movies, new footage of Bioshock, The Darkness, Fable 2 and more, and new blades to customise your 360. PLUS: a 196-page cheats book. Oof!
Got all that? Right. Well, here's the last part of our chat with Corey May, then...
Q. Tell us how development started...
Patrice Desilets our Creative Director, as well as some other key members of our Creative team, read a book about the Assassins and then started to do a lot of research about the clan and the 3rd Crusade. The more we discovered about these people, the more we wanted to make the game. Even the Assassin Motto "Nothing is True, Everything is permitted" fits the game medium perfectly. We developed our main character, Altair as a forward thinking missionary of sorts, on a mission to end the 3rd crusade.
Q. So where's he fit in?
At the start of our game, Altair is a disgraced Master Assassin sent to end the Third Crusade. To do so, he must seek out those responsible for leading and exacerbating the conflict. The targeted murder of immoral individuals is his primary method of achieving his goal.
Along the way he will discover that the Crusades themselves are simply a cover for a much larger conflict - one in which he will play a pivotal role. But of course there's a lot to be discovered about our hero over the course of the game.