It was a bit of a surprise to me when receiving the newest GameInformer magazine that Assassin's Creed 2 would be on the cover. From the moment I saw it, I could tell there was something... different
As it so happens, it's not Altair at all.
The new assassin in this story goes by the name of Ezio. The article details that the game, confirming our suspicions from the teaser trailer, will take place in Venice during the time of the Renaissance.
There is little mention to the exact way that the Templars and assassins once more fit into the story, but it is safe to say both will play a major part. Kotaku details the article as saying, "Ezio is a young noble who lost his family to rival families and is out for revenge."
Developers confirm that Desmond was left alive in the end of the first one, but he is still being held "hostage" by the mysterious company, and will be forced to delve into the memories of another ancestor. They promise to answer many of our questions!
Some other highlights: tons of weapons, automatic unsheathing of the 'hidden blade' when assassinating enemies, the ability to assassinate from hidden locations, a greater range of enemies and atmospheres for combat, a sprawling range of locations to explore, and most of all, I think many of you will be happy to know that there is an entire mission that includes utilizing Da Vinci's flying machine.
More info in the external link below.
Stay tuned for updates.
P.S. - Yes, I do news now too.