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The bulk of your time in the Assassin’s Creed series is spent exploring historical settings, but the story is just as much about Desmond as his ancestors. While previous titles have focused on Ezio and Altaïr, Revelations will spend more time developing Desmond as a character – which means that the events happening in the present-day timeline will be important.
During our visit to Ubisoft Montreal, Assassin’s Creed Revelations’ script writer Darby McDevitt explained how previous events in the modern-day period will figure into the this game, and the key developments that should be given special attention. We’ve distilled these conversations down to five major points you should know before starting Revelations.
WARNING: Spoilers follow for pretty much the entire AC franchise, so consider yourself warned.
1. Desmond Is Not Okay
At the end of Brotherhood, Desmond falls unconscious immediately after stabbing Lucy. Shaun and Rebecca, presumably with the aid of other Assassins who were en route to the hidden temple, recover both of their unresponsive allies. They plug Desmond into the Animus, but all is not well. After all, people don’t fall into spontaneous comas when everything is fine.
Did the gravity of his attack on Lucy just overwhelm him? Unfortunately, the situation can’t be explained away so easily. “That was the shock that shattered him. But it was a long time coming,” says McDevitt. “Just like what happened with Subject 16 and subjects beforehand, prolonged exposure to the Animus and reliving these fragmented memories really does a number on your head. You begin to develop something like multiple personality disorder, and you slowly go crazy. Putting Desmond back in the Animus is basically letting the Animus handle that partition.”
For Revelations, the Animus functions as a kind of life support for Desmond, keeping his mind from fragmenting into the disparate identities it contains. Even worse, if/when Desmond awakens, there’s no guarantee that this problem will be resolved.
2. Lucy’s Fate Is Uncertain
We know that Desmond is in a coma during Revelations, but the team isn’t talking about what happens to Lucy after the credits roll in Brotherhood. She did get stabbed in the abdomen with a hidden blade, a move that seems to kill a lot of people in the AC series. However, it would seem strange to build up Lucy’s character and her relationship with Desmond only to have her die halfway through the series.
In light of what we know about Revelations now, one possibility is that when Juno (the member of the First Civilization who speaks at the end of Brotherhood) took control of Desmond, her goal wasn’t Lucy’s death as much as it was delivering an incapacitating shock to Desmond’s mind. The last thing Juno says after Desmond stabs Lucy is “It is done. The way lies all before you. Only she remains to be found. Awaken the sixth. Go. Alone!” Perhaps Juno’s plan was to capitalize on Desmond’s feelings for Lucy, ensuring that his attack on her was so overwhelming that his mind would shut down. It’s possible that Juno knows that in his struggle to regain consciousness in the Animus, Desmond will uncover the crucial piece of the puzzle she calls “the sixth.” The sixth what? Well, Juno explains that, too…
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So basically this isn't the "true" sequel to AC2, which is pretty awesome cause I don't want the Assassin's Creed series to end just yet. I'm glad they are taking the opportunity to build desmond as a character and explain some of the back story. This is gonna make AC3 so much better.
I have many questions about tis game, hope it releases soon so they can be, for the most part, answered.
I just got my copy of the June issue of GI and the screens show that the city of constantinaple or w/e is effing huge. Also, the combat is way awesomer. The storyline seems amazing. Especially the desmond sequences.
They're like a big world of his imagination. It's cool.
Plus I'm glad Altair is back.
idk what to say...
Really excited bout this one
those creepy flying women have always freaked me out. i had a feeling they weren't good.
AC Revelations will tie up those loose ends. Looks good so far!
I can't wait. I love the other games and this one will be great i'm sure. Ezio looks so cool, and I can't wait to learn more about Desmond!
Man I wish Bethesda was rolling out info about skyrim as fast as ubisoft is for revelations.
At first I was surprised on how fast they are releasing another AC installment. The goal of game designers is to make a sequel better than its prequel. I wasn't very excited about Revelations it coming so fast after Brotherhood. Though the story they're presenting is quite intriguing and worth playing. I thought Revelations was a bone to throw at the AC fans to chew on to fill in the time gap for AC3 but I guess I was wrong this game plays a key role in the series just like all the other games
My guess is that Desmond, Ezio, and Altair are descendants of the citizens of the first civilazation.
Desmond had better wake up at the end of the game being faced with an assassination mission.
It's a good job they are answering some questions as I am eager to see how all this unfolds.
well the present day conflict defitnitly takes place in 2012