The courtyard of The Pantheon in Rome is beautifully rendered in the CG cinematic
In Assassin's Creed 2, we followed young Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a Medici Assassin on a quest for vengeance against the Borgia, masterminds of a conspiracy to destroy the Medici. That game concluded in the Vatican, with Rodrigo Borgia, now Pope Alexander VI escaping the Assassin's blade. For more information on the History of Assassin's Creed 2, read the original threepipeproblem article here.
Amidst a sea of Cardinals, Ezio closes on his mark
This new installment is set in 1503 in Rome, and will be following directly on from the events in AC2. Students of History will know this was the final year of Rodrigo Borgia's life, with his eventual death due to a horrible, disfiguring illness.
Cesare Borgia as depicted in the trailer/game.
By this time, Rodrigo's son, Cardinal Cesare Borgia had become an increasingly powerful and corrupt force in Rome. From the trailer, it seems that he is the main antagonist in the game.
This Altobelli Melone portrait is believed to be the infamous Cardinal.
Once the game is released, I'll return to comment on the Art and History featured in it. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the wonderful visuals of the cinematic. The game will be released as a multi-platform title in November 2010.
To stay up to date with the latest news on the development of this title, visit the official site.