So basically, I think it'd be cool if there was a multiplayer mode where you could race other personas. Think of it as kind of like Mario Kart, but parkour-based. It could fit into Abstergo's training objectives because of how important traversal is to the two groups, and could fit into the Animus home console because people like racing and most people can't free-run. A lot of people enjoy running in modes that aren't meant for it, so this might be a good place to funnel them as well.
Here's what I have so far. Tell me what you think.
-8 players (with a possible team variation)
-Players would race along a course (a circuit could work too) that winds through a map. The paths could overlap, and lead above and around buildings. Like Deathmatch, the maps might receive major or minor changes to suit the mode.
-There would be a number of obstacles in and around the paths. These include barriers (walls, barrels, etc.), crowds, and chase-breakers (gates, pull-down scaffolding).
-There would be a number of "speed enhancers" or short-cuts. These include the hanging pots/lamps, other ropes/swings, windows (like in the Boston demo), carriages that you can jump on for a time before they leave the path, or the ropes that you can cut that bring you vertically.
-You cannot kill players in this mode. You would be able to push them to the side instead. This could cause them to fall off roofs or run into obstacles.
-This mode would, of course, have ability use. Some abilities would be modified, and others would be eliminated entirely. Again, abilities would not kill other players, but they could push or stun them. Stun time would be greatly reduced.
-Flags? I'm not so sure about this idea. As you race, there are a number of flags you could pick up. The flags would give you bonus points, so while you still might not have came in first place, you could still increase your position by having more points.
That's just a basic layout for now. If other people find this interesting, maybe we can have a more detailed discussion and come up with some specifics. Thoughts?