It’s obvious Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection is coming, as the industry has seen hints at it for months now. The most recent sign of it was a rating by the Korean Game Rating Board, an organization that is synonymous with spilling new game reveals prior to their actual announcement.
As most of you know, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection would include all three games protagonist Ezio Auditore starred in. Those are Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.
It’s pretty evident that Ubisoft is getting ready to launch a PS4 and Xbox One version of Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection, so they need to just announce it already. It’s one thing if Ubisoft is getting ready to announce a new iteration in the series. However, they aren’t about to do that.
There doesn’t need to be a big commotion made about the collection. These are games we’ve already experienced. A simple announcement trailer would do fine and then just release the collection sometime this fall.
It would actually be interesting to see Ubisoft release Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection, given the fact that they said no new Assassin’s was coming this fall. That technically would still be true, but technically it wouldn’t either.
Gamers have seen two releases of Assassin’s Creed games in the same year before. 2014 was when Assassin’s Creed Rogue and Assassin’s Creed Unity both dropped into retailers. So this begs the question of whether or not Ubisoft would release Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection during the early part of 2017?
On one hand, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection isn’t serving the same role as next year’s Assassin’s Creed Empire will. It could sort of best the start of the “Year of Assassin’s Creed,” something that would give critics of the series chills. However, it is still a hefty amount of Assassin’s Creed in one year. Additionally, for a company that just said the franchise needed to take a year off, that’s a pretty aggressive move to bring two releases in the same year.
Releasing both Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection and Assassin’s Creed Empire in the same year could negate the year off the franchise just took. Personally, I’m a huge Assassin’s Creed fan and more of the franchise is a good thing to me. That said, the “public opinion,” or those who are the loudest online, felt a bit of fatigue when it came to the series. Ergo 2016 being the year off for Assassin’s.
Gaming saw the release of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, but it was made up of only the campaigns. No online multiplayer was accompanied with that collection. It’ll be telling to see if Ubisoft includes the online competitive multiplayer we saw in Brotherhood and Revelations.
If you ask me, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ubisoft leave multiplayer out of the collection. They might not want to host a competitive experience, which hasn’t been in the last two main Assassin’s Creed games. However, I still believe “Wanted” is the most unique competitive multiplayer modes seen in years. So why wouldn’t they bring that back?
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection seems like a certainty at this point, but Ubisoft has yet to reveal it. Ubisoft should be smart enough to not let absurdity or cynicism become attached to the collection. Here is hoping they prove that.