Nine Minutes of Assassin's Creed: Revelations Gameplay Footage

While every Assassin's Creed game so far has gotten progressively better, it seems as if people are still on the fence about the upcoming (third) sequel in the franchise, Assassin's Creed: Revelations.

For some reason, a lot of people think that Assassin's Creed shouldn't be a yearly franchise, that Ubisoft should take their time making these games. I say, if it ain't broke, keep making it. The original Assassin's Creed felt like a PS2 game. Ubisoft got their act together with Assassin's Creed 2, and the next year they went on to nearly master their craft with the surprisingly good Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. The second sequel added a robust multiplayer, new gameplay elements, and most importantly, a compelling single player story.

So, what's the problem? Well, by the looks of it, it doesn't seem as they can really change all that much more to keep upping the pace of the series. Obviously it looks like we're going to get some tweaks, but what more can they really give us?

All legitimate concerns. But for me, so long as they keep providing us with a compelling storyline filled with history, and maintain the core gameplay mechanics that make Assassin's Creed so much fun, I'll keep coming back. And by the looks of it, that's excactly what they're doing.

Check out the following nine minute gameplay demo shown by Ubisoft at Gamescom this week, but be warned, it could contain spoilers:

Now, as you can tell, everything you loved about Assassin's creed seems to be back. Leaps of faith, climbing buildings, swordplay, and of course, assassinations. But it also seems as if they've added some neat new gameplay elements.

For starters, the most obvious difference is that Ezio is of course visibly old, to the point where it seems to affect his abilities. But despite the fact that he's pretty much a senior citizen, he's still badass, and we're cool with that. Also, Ezio has new weapons, in the form of customizable bombs. The video made a point to show this off, and it seems as if the game will give you plenty of options in order to make weapons to help Ezio on his quests. Whether it's to lure bad guys over to a certain spot, or to flat out throw bombs in their faces, I bet this addition is going to make a lot of fun, especially in multiplayer.

The most intriguing part of the demo was the Altair portion. Without going into any spoilers from the original Assassin's Creed, it seems as if at least some of Altair's story may take place before the events of the original game. Moreover, Altair is sporting a new look and accept, compared to the original game, where he was basically Desmond in a new costume -- who seems oddly absent from the demo.

We didn't get to see the new zipline mechanics in action, and we're sure there are many more additions yet to be announced, but that should satisfy your AC cravings for a little while. If not, check out this other preview shown by Ubisoft this week, set to -- you guessed it -- dubstep!

Check back for more about Assassin's Creed: Revelations as it develops. Don't forget that if you're a Playstation Plus subscriber or a PS3 Uplay user, you'll get an invite to the exclusive multiplayer beta next month.