Gamers the world over have made one thing clear: they just can't get enough Assassin's Creed. This year brings not just one entry in the series, but two: for next-gen players there is Assassin's Creed Unity, while Assassin's Creed Rogue looks to wrap up the franchise's North American chapter. But for those gamers who prefer cardboard and paper to consoles and pixels, Assassin's Creed Monopoly may be more your speed.
Admittedly, specially-licensed versions of the classic board game are nothing new for pop culture entertainment properties, but that doesn't mean the AC variant isn't worth a look for the diehard fan or collector. For starters, the game's artwork includes Rich Uncle Pennybags as glimpsed through an alternate universe; one in which his resources and clear ambition was channeled into the Assassin Order, as opposed to good old-fashioned capitalism.
Replacing the standard player pieces with their choice of past Assassin protagonists - AltaÃ¯r Ibn-La'Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, RatonhnhakÃ©:ton, Aveline de GrandprÃ©, Edward Kenway and Arno Dorian - and signature locations along the board with the likes of 'Abstergo Entertainment' and 'Abstergo Industries.'
The manufacturer hasn't skimped, so take a look at the game for yourself:
It may seem like something of an un-essential addition to AC fans, but with less than a decade under its belt, the video game franchise is looking to be just as evergreen as the board game set to bear its brand in European markets this fall. With two games releasing in 2014 (at the moment, anyway), and a feature film still moving through early development, this pair of branding may be just the first of many installments in the years to come.
Those looking to pick up a copy of the board game will need to await plans on a North American and overseas wide release, or take on the task of having a copy shipped. Act fast, though: pre-orders are already being taken from distributors, says manufacturer USAopoly.
Assassin's Creed Monopoly comes to Europe this Fall.