If it isn't already clear that the aspirations in terms of epic storytelling and conflict have been raised for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, hopefully this will do the job. Ubisoft has found a protagonist they can get behind, following Assassin's Creed 2's main character Ezio as he leaves his quest for personal vengeance behind, and leads a revolution of the Roman public. The latest launch trailer sheds some more light on the single player campaign of Brotherhood, and escalates Ezio's quest to truly epic heights.
The development team at Ubisoft has put a lot of time into the plot of Brotherhood, and it's already showing. While the priority seems to be creating a compelling historical narrative, the developers are showing that the politics of the time period are being used for inspiration, and not as a restraint.
The launch trailer is definitely the most cinematic to date, and is sure to work those of you already anxious for the game's release into a frenzy. To see Ezio take on the role of a Roman Robin Hood, check the trailer out now:
It's immediately apparent that Ubisoft is addressing many aspects that the cloak-and-dagger series has been lacking. The addition of warfare, an upgradable squad of assassins, and what looks to be a love interest will all be new experiences for fans of Assassin's Creed. It's amazing to see how far the series has come from its somewhat-flawed origins, yet still maintain the overall story that AC began.
One of the most significant changes to Brotherhood is how the conflict is generated. Instead of continuing Ezio's battle against the evil forces of the Templars headed by Pope Rodrigo Borgia, the main antagonist has been replaced by Rodrigo's son Cesare.
Aside from being a visual foil to Ezio, it seems that a substantial portion of the game is going to be given to fleshing out the character of Cesare. It's easy to hate a tyrant, but any extra time given to his backstory is likely to result in a more satisfying story. A simple battle between two powerful figures is much easier to follow than an age-old battle between the forces of good and evil.
The game looks like it will please fans, and the list of additions that have been made may be enough to attract new players, but we'll have to wait and see.
There are many forces to gather in little time, since Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will be released on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on November 16th, 2010.