Assassin’s Creed 2 teaser site has a distinctly Renaissance flair

Break out the wine and bring on the plague, ’cause Assassin’s Creed 2 is heading to Venice, Italy circa the 15th century!

At least, if the Renaissance-style teaser website is any indication — though there’s no gameplay footage or images, there’s plenty of hand drawn graphics in the vein of Leonardo da Vinci’s much-thumbed and much-studied sketchbook. We’re sure the images, which include the Vitruvian Man sporting wings and a blade, contain nebulous hints about the game’s story, but we’ll have to wait until the Game Informer April cover story to be sure.

In the meantime, those with a working webcam (or willingness to temporarily repurpose their Playstation Eye, courtesy of some sweet MacGuyver-esque software) can play with the augmented reality portion of the website, which allows your to print off a logo, hold it up to the camera, and view a real time 3D rendering.

Printing and reading the “artifact” reveals up a model of Altair’s hidden killin’ blade. Just wait for the flash video to finish playing, and click the “A” on the side of the screen to bring up the webcam interface. There are apparently four more interactive images to come, giving you something to look forward to should the novelty of a disembodied assassin’s arm wear thin.