Ezio, the knife-wielding star of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed II, also has a few more tricks up his sleeve, including the ability swim(!) and access to a handy bat-like glider, according to new media.

Italian site MondoXbox has a batch of new Assassin's Creed II screens that make no secret of Ezio's improved abilities, which look to include diving, freestyle stroke swimming and a complete lack of reliance on water wings. Given the numerous, wet-by-nature canals that the newest assassin will have to leap over and swim through, the addition of not instantly drowning will be a welcome one.

Some of these shots may be familiar to Game Informer subscribers, as a few pieces of the artwork and in-game shots have already appeared in print. But these curiously early shots show a hell of a lot more.

For instance, I am definitely looking forward to hiding in bales of hay, then stabbing some Venetian chumps in the back of the skull. How fun does that sound?

Assassin's Creed II Immagini [MondoXbox - thanks, Valero!]