In development by Griptonite Studio, Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines for the Playstation Portable promises to deliver the "core gameplay" of the original console title including free-running and an intuitive combat system.

"As it was the case in Assassin's Creed, Altair will get to explore various large cities," Frederic Lefrancois, third party producer for the game, said in a prepared Q&A. "This time around Altair will discover the cities of Limasol and Kyrenia in Cyprus, a beautiful and historically very interesting island in the Mediterranean Sea.

"Once again, you can expect Altair to master his environment while performing all of his signature moves. In fact, Altair will free-run, sprint, fly between beams and climb everywhere to take advantage of its surroundings. This is a huge benchmark technology wise as this kind of freedom of movement has never been seen before on the PSP."

Lefrancois says that the game will also include a variety of missions that have to be completed before an assassination attempt, including eight new mission types.


Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines pick up right after the events of the original console game and explains the link between the original and the upcoming sequel.


After the death of Robert De Sable in the original game, the Templars, led by Armand Bouchart, fled the Holy Land to settle on the island of Cyprus. Altair follows the group there and teams up with the local resistance to fight the Templar's' occupation of the island.



Lefrancois said the team decided to choose Cyprus as the setting for the PSP game because of the island's true history with the Templar order. The order actually did occupy the island until they were forced out by a rebellion.


"We chose this setting because it's an intriguing historical period surrounded by conspiracy of the Templar Treasures left on the Island," he said in the Q&A. "The oppression of the people of Cyprus is the perfect backdrop to continue Altair's story and explain some of the key elements of Assassin's Creed 2. "

Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines will also feature some connectivity with the Playstation 3 version of Assassin's Creed 2, Lefrancois said.

"As players unlock health and Hidden blade upgrades in Assassin's Creed 2 PS3, the same upgrades will be unlocked in Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines (PSP)," he said in the statement. "It also works the other way round: on the PS3 you will be able to access any Templar Coins and special weapons you've collected on the PSP."


See the game in action here.