Gameloft announced today a tentative release date of early next week for its iPhone version of Assassin’s Creed.
The iPhone version is actually a prequel to the console hit released in November 2007. Placing players in the shoes of Altair, the titular assassin, they will be tasked with retrieving a chalice from the Templars, the bad guys of the first game, in order to stop the Crusades in a Middle Eastern setting.
According to Gameloft, the game will feature “stealth, chaotic action and riddle-solving exploration,” much like the console edition. The iPhone edition also includes some new weapons and tools, such as the crossbow, smoke bomb, exploding bomb and grappling hook, along with the sword and dagger.
The inclusion of the grappling hook does open up some questions about the control scheme, since it was not included in the console edition. So much of the game revolved around the awesome climbing ability of Altair — a grappling hook would seemingly be of no use to some with his skills — and a lot of the enjoyment of the game came from the problem solving of climbing up a face. It will be interesting to see how this factors into the iPhone’s technology.
The release of this title comes just two weeks after teasers of Assassin’s Creed 2 were released by developer Ubisoft Montreal.
No word yet on price, but stay tuned to Slide To Play for the review next week.