In Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood our friend Ezio's travels take him to Constantinople, heart of the Ottoman Empire, where no man's feet need touch the floor while seated. We know he's following in the footsteps of Assassin's Creed's Altair, but why?

Ubisoft promised us answers, and they're slowly letting them trickle out as we build to E3 2011. Why is Ezio travelling to Constantinople, other than how fun it is to say? He's on the hunt for five ancient artifacts that hold the key to the future of the Assassin's brotherhood. Along the way he'll spend some time seeing the sights, and meet colorful new characters like master assassin Yusuf Tazim, Prince Suleiman, and Sofia Sorto, who has a little thing for our Italian killer-for-hire.

You also get a chance to play as Altair himself. I've a feeling he has a little something to do with those hidden artifacts.

Ezio adds new skills and weapons to his arsenal as well in Revelations, including his age-ripened Eagle Sense, bomb crafting, and the Hook Blade, perfect for both stabbing and pretending you're playing BioShock Infinite.
Let's see, is there anything else? Oh, apparently U.S. customers that preorder from GameStop will receive some sort of Penny Arcade poster, which sounds nice.

And that's pretty much all we've got. *shakes press release upside-down* The answers are coming, they're just taking their own sweet time. Hey look, screenshots and concept art!

Assassin's Creed: Revelations Reveals Fresh New DetailsS

Assassin's Creed: Revelations Reveals Fresh New DetailsS

Assassin's Creed: Revelations Reveals Fresh New DetailsS

Assassin's Creed: Revelations Reveals Fresh New DetailsS

Assassin's Creed: Revelations Reveals Fresh New DetailsS

Assassin's Creed: Revelations Reveals Fresh New DetailsS