The Assassin’s Creed franchise has grown to monumental proportions since it first debuted in 2007. Fans have been taken through some of the most important times in history and done so via the lens of many unique protagonists.
The brand has seen a new iteration release every year since 2009, but that pattern is ending this fall, sort of. The two word caveat at the end there is because Ubisoft recently confirmed the existence of Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection.
The collection will come to PS4 and Xbox One this Nov. 15., which coincides with Watch Dogs 2’s worldwide release date. The Ezio Collection will be comprised of Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed Revelations, plus all previously released single-player add-on content.
While many gamers were asking for the series to take a year off, this is a great way for folks like myself, who didn’t want the series to take year off, to still enjoy some Assassin’s Creed goodness. It is quite fitting for Ezio to be the focus of the franchise’s Collection given what he has meant to the brand and the story we all experienced.
I personally adored the three Ezio iterations and think each of them added something unique to the series. II was great for the advancements in the game’s mission structure and diversity. Brotherhood was innovative for the introduction of multiplayer, and Revelations holds a special place for the way it closed Ezio’s tale and connected his story with Altair’s.
Ubisoft has said the three games have been enhanced for new-gen, so it’ll be intriguing to see the improvements. Given the aforementioned same release dates of The Ezio Collection and Watch Dogs 2, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ubisoft move Assassin’s Creed’s date so the two games are competing against each other.
It is worth noting that multiplayer, which was included in Brotherhood and Revelations, won’t be available on the new-gen versions. Competitive multiplayer hasn’t been in the series since 2013’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, though the experience was one that I believe added more to the competitive world of gaming than most new titles we see today.
For gamers who sit on the side of the fence that never really was tired of yearly Assassin’s, it’s tremendously exciting to be able to relive Ezio’s trilogy on PS4 and Xbox One this November. Playing through these three games again will be a great way to pass Assassin’s Creed’s “year off.” Stick around for more on Assassin’s here at We Write Things.