The announcement of the Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Trilogy, while a smart way to get gamers caught up on the story so far, left many wondering why Ubisoft wouldn’t simply pack in the only other AC title, the first Assassin’s Creed, for good measure. As it turns out, that was because an even bigger collection, an Assassin’s Creed Anthology was being created for release some time in 2013.
Not only does the Anthology feature all previously released AC titles, including this year’s Assassin’s Creed 3, it also packs in each game’s associated DLC. That’s basically three major historical time periods packed into a single game (or collection of discs)!
Ubisoft has confirmed the news about the Anthology to Eurogamer, but unfortunately essential details are slim. We know that all three major numbered Assassin’s Creed titles and the two Ezio spin-offs’ DLC will be part of the collection, as well as Assassin’s Creed 3‘s forthcoming DLC.
It won’t be until some time next year that the AC3 Season Pass has run its course, but apparently all of that proposed content would be packed in as well.
Furthermore, there is no mention of a price point or a release date, which is seemingly the most important piece of information gamers will care about. Compounding the problem of a lack of release date is the fact that the aforementioned Ezio Trilogy is set to release very soon, which leaves us wondering why anyone would want to sell themselves short.
The answer to that question, though, might be contained within the promo image that initially revealed the Anthology, which conveniently only mentions the Xbox 360. If this was an intended detail it could be that this Anthology was developed as a response to the Ezio Trilogy being a PS3 exclusive or vice versa. Somewhere those details are being ironed out, but we don’t know much at this point.
Nevertheless it appears that Assassin’s Creed 3 is indeed the major turning point that Ubisoft has stressed it would be, both in terms of the franchise and its associated story. Desmond has concluded his portion of the overall mythology — or at least that’s what Ubisoft promised — and now it’s time to move into new and hopefully exciting territory.
Will you be picking up the Assassin’s Creed Anthology whenever it releases? Is it too early to be creating an AC bundle?