Assassin's Creed Revelations: 'The Templar war will always be the cornerstone of this series'

Ubi Montreal on the epic Assassins versus Templars conflict

It's week two of the impressive Unlock the Animus competition and to give you further insight into both this week's puzzle and the game itself, we've tracked down Assassin's Creed Revelations' Creative Director Alex Amancio and Scriptwriter Darby McDevitt.

Assassins versus the Templars is always a key element of the game, how is each faction lining up during the time of Revelations?

Darby McDevitt, Scriptwriter:In Revelations - as in most stories in the Assassin's Creed universe - the Assassins are at war with the Templars in an ideological battle that often spills into the real world. In revelations this is not a battle between good versus evil, but rather a fight between those who prefer an open, "ground up" approach to human liberty - the Assassins - and those who believe that humanity is too capricious to be truly free, and must be guided by a strong and benevolent oligarchy - The Templars.

What will become the key battleground between the Assassins and Templars in Revelations?


DM: Constantinople is the main location in Assassin's Creed Revelations. Among the many reasons we chose this location, the first and simplest among them being that we wanted to explore the city's incredible beauty and rich history. Known variously over the years as Byzantium, Nova Roma, Constantinople, Tsarigrad, and Istanbul, few major cities have changed hands more frequently and with such drama as this magnificent outpost on the edge of the Bosphorus.

Secondly, we saw in Constantinople an excellent opportunity to introduce players to the beginnings of the golden age of the Ottoman Empire, an era familiar to many in name only, but whose impacts on world history can still be felt to this day.

And lastly, as a metaphor for the "meeting" of our two assassins, there is no better city than Constantinople. Sometimes called "the crossroads of the world", it was one of the most diverse cities of the era - a nexus where Europe meets Asia, and where an incredible mix of Turks, Greeks, Arabs, Italians, Jews and Romani (to name a few) lived, worked, and worshipped. Similarly, Constantinople serves as the crossroads for our assassins - where east becomes west, where fortunes reverse, and where new connections are made.

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