Assassin's Creed: Revelations is the next game in Ubisoft's stealth action series, and it'll be out later this year. It's also the third game where the player takes control of Ezio Auditore, meaning, yes, by now he's very old.

According to a feature in the latest issue of Game Informer, the former smooth-talking ladies man is around the age of 50 by the time he makes it to Constantinople. Now, reading this today, 50 isn't that old! But this game isn't taking place today. It's taking place over 500 years ago, and back then - even for a man as fit and well-connected as Ezio - 50 was old, with most adult men making it past childhood not expected to live much longer than their half-century.

In Revelations, of course, you'll be doing a lot more than just "living". You'll be doing all the dangling and running you've always done, only this time, with some new tricks, like a new zipline system running throughout the ancient city (consisting of four massive areas) which lets you get around it much faster than previous games.

Let's hope his arthritis and old ticker can hold out for the duration of the game.

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Other big changes include changes to Eagle Vision, which now lets you track a guard's patrol path so you can lay traps, the ability to "craft" your own bomb recipes for differing effects and traditional side missions are gone, replaced with "random events" that give you little missions as you walk around.

Assassin's Creed: Revelations [Game Informer 218, via SolidSnakex @ NeoGAF]