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AssassinscreedrevelationsWe weren't supposed to know this just yet, but the title of the next Assassin's Creed title from Ubisoft has leaked a little early.  Internet sleuths have dug up assets sitting on Ubisoft servers that crow about the previously unannounced Assassin's Creed: Revelations.  Here's GameLife with a summary of happenings:

Ubisoft posted a Flash file containing the game’s logo and the name Altaïr, in Arabic script, to the official Assassin’s Creed Facebook page.  The Facebook post is gone for now, but the evidence remains in the form of an image and a Flash file, both still sitting on Ubi’s servers, that reference an upcoming reveal of the game. The original poster also claims to have found a logo inside the Flash file, shown above, naming the game Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.

I imagine we'll see more at E3 about this, but in the meantime I'm curious about the Altaïr connection.  Is the narrative jumping back to the Crusade-era again?  Does this mean that I need to get around to finishing the first game in the series to understand what's going on?  I'd much rather we jump forward to a new era with a new Animus protagonist rather than retread familiar territory with Altaïr.  Still, it's all rumor and conjecture until a press release goes out.