In a press release today, Ubisoft revealed that Ezio Auditore will blend his way into the PC crowd on March 22nd. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood for the PC releases in stores and on digital download.
In addition to the release details, gamers can breathe a sigh of relief, because the frustrating DRM in the previous release has been trashed. Instead of requiring a constant connection to Ubisoft's server, Brotherhood PC only needs you to log-in once before allowing offline single-player. This change in DRM policy makes life easier for the players as well as making hack attacks a lot less disruptive.
The standard version, available in-stores as well as online will include:
- The main game
- All DLC Packs (including the latest and largest one)
The Digital Deluxe Edition exclusively available online includes:
- Main game
- All DLC Packs
- Assassin’s Creed Lineage: the short film prequel to Assassin's Creed II.
- Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Original Soundtrack
- Making-of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
- Unlockable Content
The press release detailed the unlockable content as:
- One Multiplayer Character: The Harlequin, a deadly assassin lying behind a gaudy costume and a twisted smiling mask
- One Multiplayer Character: The Officer, a stealthy assassin who can assassinate his targets with a swift and powerful attack
- One exclusive single player indoor map: The Trajan Market
- One exclusive single player outdoor map: The Aqueducts map
- Ezio “Drachen Armor”
If you're wondering if your machine will be able to handle the game, Ubisoft has also given us the minimum and recommended requirements.
SUPPORTED OS: Windows® XP (32-64 bits) /Windows Vista®(32-64 bits)/Windows 7® (32-64 bits)
Processor: Intel Core® 2 Duo 1.8 GHZ or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHZ
RAM: 1.5 GB Windows® XP / 2 GB Windows Vista® - Windows 7®
Video Card: 256 MB DirectX® 9.0—compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (see supported list)
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 —compliant sound card
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0
DVD-ROM: DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
Hard Drive Space: 8 GB
Peripherals Supported: Keyboard, mouse, optional controller
* This product does not support Windows® 98/ME/2000/NT
Processor: Intel Core® 2 Duo E6700 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or better
Video Card: GeForce 8800 GT or ATI Radeon HD 4700 or better
Sound: 5.1 sound card
Peripherals: Keyboard, mouse, joystick optional (Xbox 360® Controller for Windows recommended)
Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:
ATI® RADEON® X1950, HD 2000/3000/4000/5000 series
NVIDIA GeForce® 7/8/9/100/200 series
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood is arguably a proper sequel to Assassin's Creed II. The jury is still out on whether it was just the same game with a few features that couldn't make it into AC 2, but one thing was for sure, Brotherhood was one hell of an enjoyable game, and the story left us salivating for the next installment. Many questions arise out of the game's ending. Game Rant's Andrew Dyce speculated on what historical settings might be next for the Assassin's Creed franchise, but every gamer is just waiting for the chance to fully step into Desmond's shoes and kick some modern-day Templar butt. The next Assassin's Creed game has been confirmed to be in development for release within the next fiscal year (anywhere from April 1, 2011 to March 31 2012). We assume that the fourth Assassin's Creed will be released closer to the end of that window. I hunger for the new game already, but the speed with which the games are being released raises the question of getting satisfying sequels.
This problem seems to afflict more than a few of the popular game series nowadays, Call of Duty being one of the worst. We all love the games, but if the developers spent just a little more time on making a truly progressive sequel for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood I think the franchise could move from being a well-nominated game to a heavy-hitting multiple game of the year winner like the Mass Effect 2. We look forward to hearing more news about the next Assassin's Creed this May.
The press release also included some action shots from the game and you can read our review of the game if you weren't convinced by the game's predecessors. Brotherhood is probably the best one, and while it's taken some extra months to hit the PC, better late than never, right?
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