In an unexpected move that would impress even Ezio himself, Ubisoft has plunged from the rooftops, thrown back its hood, and bellowed word of a surprise new free-to-play Assassin's Creed game for iOS and Android devices. It's called Assassin's Creed: Rebellion and is due out "soon".
Rebellion unfolds in 15th century Spain at the height of the Inquisition and, according to the official blurb, sees you building own Brotherhood and infiltrating Templar strongholds. This, judging by the various bits of footage slowly surfacing on YouTube, translates to a mix of Fallout Shelter-style base building, and side-scrolling stealth segments faintly reminiscent of the Assassin's Creed Chronicles games.
Rebellion stars 40 Assassin's Creed alumni (all rendered in a new, fairly twee art-style), including Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Assassin's Creed Chronicles' Shao Jun, and Aguilar de Nerha - who you might remember wearing Michael Fassbender's face in the recent and not-very-excellent Assassin's Creed movie.
Each assassin appears to have a different skillset that offers certain advantages during infiltration missions. There are four missions types (which can be tackled by three assassins at a time) and each provides different rewards. Standard missions help you gather resources to upgrade your assassins, Loot missions award materials for crafting, and Story and Legacy missions offer DNA fragments which can be used to unlock new assassins.
Assassin's Creed: Rebellion is being developed by Behaviour Interactive, the team behind Bethesda's free-to-play Fallout Shelter (which would explain the similarities), and should emerge from the shadows imminently. I don't see it on any of the UK app stores just yet, but it would be a pretty shitty assassin if I could.