This article contains spoilers. Don't read on if you don't want to know the ending to Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Revelations? I'm sure most of us don't believe that for a second. What's the betting this ends up asking more questions than it answers?
Already we're being thrust into myriad layers of mind-boggling confusion. What's the deal with Desmond, for instance, now comatose and trapped in his own subconscious, required to solve a series of puzzles in some kind of weird Animus backdoor known as the Black Room? Or why exactly is Ezio travelling to Constantinople to seek out the memories of former master assassin Altair? And how do the secret relics Ezio is searching for allow him to relive Altair's memories past the point of conception - something even the modern-day Animus is unable to do? I'm very confused.
But enough of that. Now in his fifties, Ezio has lost none of his agility - you'd be hard pressed to see his age if it wasn't for his grey hair and spindly beard. He's still trailing a seemingly unending Templar hierarchy to the very top, and at the start of the E3 demo he's looking to head out of the city of Constantinople in order to further follow his enemies.
A meeting with Yusuf, Constantinople's master assassin (therefore equal to Ezio in rank but not as legendary in reputation), reveals the city's harbour has been barricaded and blocked by the historically accurate massive chain from the Tower of Geleta being pulled taut. Like many things in the Assassin's Creed universe, the history has been modified to suit the game's purposes - the chain was historically used to stop invading ships coming in, but in the game it's to stop Ezio getting out.
To sort that out, Yusuf has a new bomb for Ezio with about fifty times more power than what's been used before. This will come in useful in about five minutes for blowing up said aforementioned tower.
On his approach to the tower, Ezio knocks off a pair of unsuspecting Janissary guards with a splinter bomb, before dispatching another set with his new and improved smoke bombs. This now engulfs the screen in thick smoke, forcing the player to switch to Ezio's Eagle Sense mode to detect his foes in the cloud. Eagle Sense can also be used to anticipate enemy movement, allowing Ezio to lay traps.