The character that built the Assassin’s Creed franchise is back, wrist blades and all, in a re-release of the original trilogy of games for PS4 and Xbox One. The announcement was made by Ubisoft yesterday, with the collection set to be released on November 15th in North America and November 17th in Europe; the only slight disappointment thus far has been a distinct lack of suggestion that this might be available on PC. Check out the release announcement trailer:
I’ve only just jumped aboard the Assassin’s Creed bandwagon, and have thus far delved into Black Flag and Syndicate, so for me personally this is great news (not least because I hear that these games were the peak for the franchise). The collection will include 3 games: Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and whilst they will not include the multiplayer components from the original games the upside is that Ubisoft have promised graphical improvements that will make use of the next-gen consoles for which they are being sold.
The collection will also include all additional content from each game, as well as 2 short films, Lineage and Embers; you’ll even receive a cinema ticket, apparently, for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed film.
But will it sell? I agree with the cynics here, insofar as a distinct lack of scheduled PC release suggests that it would be a push to call this collection a ‘remaster;’ that said, there can be no denying the perks of getting 3 objectively great games for the price of 1-and-a-bit. For those of us who are unfortunate enough to have never entered the world of Ezio Auditore, this is a prime opportunity to finally understand what these Assassin’s Creed purists are on about.
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection is falling into a cart of hay near you on the 15th November in North America, and on the 17th in Europe, priced at around USD $47.99.