Assassin's Creed 2 – In Venice?

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed was one of my favorite games of 2007. It mixed Prince of Persia (one of my favorite series) with end of the world conspiracy theories in a real-world setting. I might even say I liked it better than PoP; while there’s something great to be said of leaping through PoP’s obstacle course-like levels, the idea of pulling out the perfect assassination and then parkour-ing away from guards before they can trap you in is just a little more thrilling.

And that’s why I’m so excitedly following the rumor mill for Assassin’s Creed 2. Today, we hear a rumor about the storyline and setting.

Reader James tells us that the focus testing he saw places the next Assassin’s Creed in Venice, Italy, and that “disguises were also said to play a part in this game.” The Carnival of Venice sure sounds like a good fit to us—plenty of undercover opportunities to stab portly bad guys in the neck and a visual style that’s far removed from the previous game’s setting.

Read on for more details. [link: Kotaku.com]

Disguises? Ooh! I’m intrigued. Sounds like they could be borrowing from Hitman – and that’s definitely a good thing. As for the setting, I don’t have an opinion on it one way or the other. I had originally thought that the game would either take place in South America or China – based on clues in the original game (CVG has a brilliant write-up on working through the complexities of Assasins Creed’s story – [link: CVG.com]) – but I wondered how that would work with the parkour movement. Venice, on the other hand, that makes a bit more sense.

I just hope water isn’t instantly fatal as it was in the original.

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