First and foremost, no, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is not being “re-imagined” from a first-person view. That said, mission designer Falco Poiker at Ubisoft Montreal has revealed that players will experience first-person missions in the upcoming iteration of the popular franchise. Unlike the source of this reveal, we’ll try to keep it as light of spoilers as possible, but if you can’t resist the urge, just follow the link.
According to Poiker, these first-person missions, which involve one of the game’s main characters Desmond, “take the form of strange platforming missions. You’ll have to play it to understand, because it’s very hard for me to describe it, but it’s kind of like a Dali-esque first-person platformer,” adding that that the best possible point of comparison would be the movie Inception; “Desmond is in a dreamland, but is able to access Ezio’s memories. Ezio in turn then goes and accesses Altaïr’s memories.”
Poiker also describes these mission to be a radical departure from what gamers have come to be used to, and that lots of information regarding Desmond will be revealed by playing and completing them.
“It’s definitely a departure, and very cool I think. You get a lot of information about Desmond and his backstory by completing these. Where he came from, what his life is like… the artwork and surroundings are very surreal and symbolic of his life.”
It all sounds like an implementation of mini-games, which, if done right, would be a welcomed breath of fresh air to an otherwise numbing collective of somewhat boring side-quests the franchise offers from one game to the next.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will be released in merely a week for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, while the PC version will see its way to stores in December after suffering a delay back in September.