ASSASSIN'S CREED: REVELATIONS
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2.2 Rebuilding Constantinople
Though you can complete the main story without involving yourself in this metagame, spending Akçe on Shops, Faction Buildings and (to a far lesser extent) Landmarks can provide a huge amount of income for comparatively little effort.
Start building Ezio’s property portfolio at an early stage, and the dividends you gradually accrue can be used to bankroll further investments and expensive equipment purchases.
The ability to renovate buildings and businesses is unlocked early in Sequence 02, when Ezio will earn his first payment. You are awarded with one Bank, Blacksmith, Tailor, Doctor and Book Shop automatically, and these will lead to small dividends right from the start.
To collect income, visit a Bank and select the Withdraw Money option. The Bank interface also enables you to view information on your progress in the Rebuilding Constantinople metagame.
Though more expensive than other businesses, opening Banks increases the maximum Vault Capacity. If you do not make regular withdrawals from Banks, any Akçe held over this threshold will be lost. Bank deposits are made at intervals of every 20 minutes of play time – which represents an in-game “day” – with the clock frozen whenever an interface screen is open, such as the Pause menu or Mediterranean Defense interface.
Shops and Banks provide by far the best profit return on your initial investment, but the cost of opening them increases with each successive site. Though Banks are necessary to increase the maximum Vault Capacity, opening shops also offers the convenience of always having a vendor nearby when you need to pick up supplies.
In addition to providing a modest income, Empty Faction Buildings enable you to choose a Faction to inhabit the premises. Based on your decision, groups of Thieves, Mercenaries or Romanies will be made available to hire in the area surrounding the restored Faction Building.
Landmarks are by far the most expensive property purchases and, given the relatively small payments Ezio receives from them, are best left until last...