Ubisoft made headlines earlier this year when they announced Assassin’s Creed would be skipping 2016. In their announcement, the publisher said they “are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise.” They specifically mentioned Assassin’s Creed Unity and the feedback they gathered from that game. Unity was known for being an especially buggy game out of the gate.
While a ‘new’ Assassin’s Creed game isn’t coming until next year, the franchise’s presence will still be felt. A nice chunk of the franchise is getting the remaster treatment. Specifically, the Ezio Auditore saga.
Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood and Revelations will make up the Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection and will feature “enhanced graphics.” Ubisoft was mum on other details such as frame rate and resolution. Each game will contain the single-player campaigns and the story DLC for each one. Multiplayer, first introduced in Brotherhood and also featured in Revelations, will not be included.
The lack of multiplayer is a bummer. I enjoyed it. Sure, it wasn’t the best multiplayer I ever played – but the concept was cool. You can check out multiplayer if you still own Black Flag.
The Ezio Collection wasn’t the only piece of Assassin’s Creed news today. Earlier this month, the franchise hit a major milestone. More than 100 million copies have been sold since Altaïr’s adventure through the Third Crusade-era in the Middle East kicked off the franchise.
That puts it up there with franchises like Lego (100 million), FIFA (100 million) and Minecraft (106 million). But still out of reach of franchises like Grand Theft Auto (235 million) and Call of Duty (250) million.
Ubisoft deserves a huge congrats for hitting that milestone. Assassin’s Creed wasn’t always perfect, but the developers did a fantastic job bringing historical locations to life across the Middle East, Italy, North America and the Caribbean.
Besides the three games, two short films (Assassin’s Creed Embers and Assassin’s Creed Lineage) are also included.
The Ezio Collection hits Xbox One and PS4 on November 15th. These three games will provide fans with a refresher for the Assassin’s Creed universe before the movie hits theaters on December 21. A week after Rogue One? That probably isn’t the best release date, Ubisoft.
The Ezio Collection will retail for $59.99. I’ll be keeping an eye on how much “enhanced graphics” Ubisoft does to warrant the price tag. Some PS4 Pro support could help push PS4 owners to get it.