We've just free-run our way in back from an awesome Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood demo at Gamescom.
Moments ago, we were being gifted vital intel from mission director Gaelec Simard. Now we sit here typing - sporting our cowl and Auditore cape - and we're ready to reveal things that will have fans of the series rejoicing at Brotherhood's amazing new features.
Okay enough talk - and on with the action... Here's what we've learned:
- Brotherhood starts at exactly the moment that Assassin's Creed 2 ended - with you stepping straight back into Ezio's boots.
- Brotherhood will feature 15 hours of gameplay in the campaign mode, plus all the promised wonders of multiplayer.
- Ezio, of course, is now a master assassin - and to overthrow the Borgia rule of Rome he will need to create a new Assassin's Guild, uniting the underground resistance against the Borgia.
- You'll be able to recruit multiple new assassins into this guild by completing missions around the city (for example citizens being harassed by Borgia guards), then train and level them up with extra weapons and skills in a kind of RPG development.
- Once you do, you'll be able to call on these NPC assassins during your actual missions in a new BAM system, asking them to silently take out Borgia guards or lend a hand when you're involved in large scale combat and storming operations.
- You'll also be able to send these assassins on (we think non-playable) contract missions around Europe from Moscow to London to gain additional experience. Level 7 NPC assassins look well hard.
- Ezio has a parachute. Yup you read that fricking right, a parachute! Most likely the work of Leonardo, you'll get extra style points (in our minds) for base jumping from the highest landmarks, opening your chute late, landing straight onto your horse and riding off!
- You'll be able to hurl oversized weapons like the double headed axe for maximum carnage!
- Assassin's Tomb missions look most likely set to return (though when we asked this was met with a knowing smile and a 'we can't talk about that now').
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will feature the biggest city the series has ever seen, with the eternal city of Rome confirmed as at least three times bigger than Florence from Assassin's Creed 2.
- Rome is dominated by Borgia towers each of which exert a zone of influence. To free the city you'll have to conquer each tower, find and slay its Borgia overlord and then torch the building, sending it tumbling to the ground.
- Once you conquer a tower, new opportunities like shops will open up as Borgia Influence starts to wane.
- There will be more modern day sequences featuring subject 17 Desmond and these are set to feature much more actual gameplay than in Assassin's Creed 2.
- DLC is already planned, but Ubi remain tight lipped on anything further details.
That's your lot. Phew!