After details of its release were leaked earlier this year, people have been highly anticipating the forthcoming Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. In case you want to surround yourself in the world of The Creed, Ubisoft has officially announced the Collector's Edition, available later this year for $99.99.
It seems to me that the quality of Special Editions are seriously on the rise at the moment. Most recently we were wowed by the Halo Reach Special Editions, as well as the Fable III Collector's Edition and the Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Collector's Edition? It looks absolutely incredible.
Included in the Collector's Edition is:
- Two exclusive Single Player in-game maps -- 'Aqueduct' and 'Trajan Market'.
- A physical copy of a map of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood's version of Rome.
- An Art Book
- A Bonus Disc detailing the making of the game, as well including a sneak peek at the upcoming Assassin's Creed comic.
- The game's soundtrack.
- A 'jack-in-the-box' with either a Harlequin or a Doctor inside.
You can see the Collector's Edition pictured below, in all its extravagant glory. As you can see from the top two images, the Harlequin 'jack-in-the-box' is a Gamestop pre-order exclusive. Pictured underneath the Collector's Editions are the characters playable within the new multiplayer mode, unveiled earlier this year. Click the images to enlarge.
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To be perfectly honest, no matter how cool the Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Collector's Edition looks, I'm still not sold. Assassin's Creed II (or, more specifically, the end of Assassin's Creed II) was the most frustrating experience I've played through all year. Don't get me wrong, I loved the free-running and especially enjoyed the Prince of Persia-esque tomb sequences, but other than that? The story was diabolical and the assassinations weren't nearly as cool as they should have been. I don't want to spoil the end for people who haven't played through it yet, but if you feel you're getting near the end of Assassin's Creed II... stop now. There is absolutely no point in ruining what has otherwise been a relatively solid experience.
I'll admit, I was tempted to experiment with Assassin's Creed Brotherhood with the news of a beta coming, as I was curious as to whether the multiplayer would add anything significant to the Assassin's Creed universe. Once it was announced that the beta would be a PS3 Gamestop exclusive however, I instantly lost all interest. C'est la vie, I guess (or whatever the Italian equivalent is).
I will admit to Assassin Creed II's one saving grace though: I now know how to say 'Rest in Peace' in Italian: Requiescat in Pace.
What about you, readers? Are you excited by the Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Collector's Edition? Will you be buying it? Let us know in the comments below.