Across the entire slate of Assassin’s Creed games, it was the character of Ezio that became most relatable across the series, more than even the player’s stand-in of Desmond Miles. Beginning with his introduction as a young man in Florence, Assassin’s Creed II began a series of games that left Altair somewhat behind, and more fully expanded the lore of both the assassins, and the game’s modern world.
Today Ubisoft have announced that Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection will be heading to the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, and soon – you can expect to pop over to Florence, Venice, Rome and Constantinople in November.
The Collection will include all of the single player add-ons for each of the three games within – Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed Revelations.
If you’re unfamiliar with the series, it’s best to let the announce trailer do the talking – best to keep watching for at least twenty seconds.
Let’s call it out right now – that trailer opening is an awful, awful way to convey what sort of enhancements the game has gone through. Often with remasters, it’s not until the graphics are shown side-by-side that the reality pierces the veil of nostalgia cast over games that weren’t as gorgeous as we remember. It doesn’t help to announce a graphic enhancement and then show original footage as your cold open.
It doesn’t show what graphical differences there are until around the thirteen second mark, so if you didn’t keep watching past the corridor entrance, well, best take another look.
With other high-profile remasters or special editions heading to the current console generation (sorry yes, PS3 and Xbox 360 are now last-gen), it might seem like a no-brainer to port a series that’s sold over 100 million copies, but taking that infamous announce from February of No New Assassin’s Creed Games in 2016 into account, it’s all a bit of being technically correct without necessarily adhering to the spirit of the words – but hey, the Assassin’s Creed Chronicle games that came out this year kind of did that too.
If this doesn’t entice you but you still need that Ezio fix, Assassin’s Creed II is backwards compatible on Xbox One. Similarly Xbox’s Games with Gold program will bring Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China in two days time.