May 12th, 2010
Not to be confused with Assassin's Creed III, the newly renamed Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is more a "continuation" of the second game than a proper sequel. But it's coming to PC later this year, and it's adding a new multiplayer mode, Ubisoft announced today.
Previously known as "Episodes," Brotherhood follows Assassin's Creed II protagonist Ezio da Firenze as he travels to Rome "to strike at the heart of the enemy." Only this time, it seems he'll need to rely on his cronies to get the job done.
"Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire Brotherhood that will rally to his side," Ubisoft detailed in a statement. "Only by working together can the Assassins defeat their mortal enemies."
In addition to the new single player mode, Brotherhood adds online multiplayer, a first for the series. It's unclear what exactly this will entail, but Ubisoft says, "Players can choose from a wide range of unique characters, each with their own signature weapons and assassination techniques, and match their skills against other players from all over the world in different game modes."
In short, there will be blood.
Unlike Assassin's Creed 1 and 2, Brotherhood is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal "in collaboration with" multiple Ubisoft studios in Singapore, Bucharest, Québec City, and Annecy (which is known for developing Splinter Cell Chaos Theory's multiplayer). Ubisoft did not say if Brotherhood would impose the controversial DRM practice of requiring PC owners of the game to stay connected to the internet while playing the single player mode, as was the case with Assassin's Creed 2.
Having sold well more than 15 million copies worldwide, Assassin's Creed is one of this generation's most popular and fastest-selling line of action adventure games.
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