Only a few hours ago, Ubisoft released details regarding their previously announced downloadable content for Assassin’s Creed 2. There will be two download packs containing some fantastic content including new memories (levels) for Altair, a new spring-jump move, and wider use of the DaVinci Flying Machine!
The levels will expand on Ezio’s story, placing him in the Battle of Forli and then during the Bonfire of the Vanities in which a monk takes power in Florence in an effort to condemn the Renaissance movement.
In an interview with the content Producer, Frederic Lefrancois commented on the levels:
“Each of the DLCs will offer additional content to the Assassin’s Creed 2 story as well as provide players with unique missions requiring the use of all the skills and tools Ezio has acquired throughout the years. Both DLCs focus on real events that happened in history. The battle of Forli is an actual battle where the Orsi brothers attacked the city of Forli which was ruled at the time by Caterina Sforza. Players will have to protect the city alongside Sforza and the great Machiavelli who they have met towards the end of sequence 11. The flying machine will also be accessible in the city/region of Forli to players.
As for the Bonfire of the vanities, it comes from Savonarola’s reign over Florence. The monk took power over Florence as the Medici family was expulsed. Savonarola thought that the Italian Renaissance and its intellectual and cultural progress was a sin. He organized a burning of objects which could be identified as sins such as paintings, books, mirrors, musical instruments… In the game, we illustrate Savonarola’s power and control over the most influential people of the city because he has the apple of Eden…and Ezio is there, and has to kill Savonarola’s followers, trying to overthrow his power.”
The levels will complement the existing Assassin’s Creed story, and feature historically accurate Templars and Assassins. The levels will also be inserted into the story as restored versions of Desmond Miles’ previously corrupted animus memories.
Check out the official Assasin’s Creed 2 trailer below:
The DLC isn’t going to cost players a fortune either – the Battle of Forli download will be available at the end of January and priced at $3.99, while February will feature the Bonfire of the Vanities download priced at $4.99! The content will require a minimum of 1.0 GB of hard drive space, and will be available to gamers who own the Assassin’s Creed 2 game disc.
So, will you be returning to the animus in early 2010? What are you most excited about?