Back in 2007 when it was originally released, Assassin’s Creed was hailed as a game that innovated the concepts behind the open world genre. During that time, producer Jade Raymond made it a point to tell us all that anything that stuck out more than 2 inches into the environment could be interacted with. Indeed, Assassin’s Creed redefined urban free running and parkour, and for a time was at the top of the heap as far as all of that went. The biggest problem with the original was the repetition of menial quests that acted as filler so that players could get to the more important tasks within the story. Of course, this plot line followed the story of Desmond Miles’ Middle Eastern ancestor AltaÃ¯r and was the tip of the iceberg insofar as the intricacies of the Assassin’s Creed mythos are concerned.
However, most players began their time with the franchise with Assassin’s Creed 2, and completely skipped over the entirety of AltaÃ¯r’s story. Ubisoft has decided to rectify this problem (at least partially), by offering PS3 owners a chance to get a free copy of Assassin’s Creed with a day one purchase of Assassin’s Creed Revelations.
The free copy of the first Assassin’s Creed is being put onto the blu-ray disc alongside Revelations. There is no word yet on how many discs will be pressed with the extra content on them but Ubisoft’s official announcement explains that this promotion is only available to day one purchasers so you’ll want to act fast in order to ensure that you get a copy with the first game on it if you feel like reliving that part of the franchise’s mythos or if… y’know… you want a free game.
There is no comparable offer for gamers purchasing the Xbox 360 version of the game, and no doubt that this will ignite some trolling amongst the fanboys for both sides. At the risk of adding TNT to what is already a raging inferno, there is some evidence to come to the conclusion that Ubisoft has a soft spot for the PlayStation brand with the Assassin’s Creed franchise as of late with the Assassin’s Creed: Revelations multiplayer beta coming exclusive to the PS3 as well.
In fact when Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood released, the PS3 owners were treated to free day one DLC in the form of the Copernicus Conspiracy. There isn’t a really good explanation for this, other than perhaps the fact that the original Assassin’s Creed was slated to be exclusive to the PS3, and it was released almost a year to the day after the PS3 first showed up on the market. But despite these console exclusives, in the end it’s about whether Assassin’s Creed Revelations will be good enough to stand on its own. Considering the videos and screenshots released so far, we’re hopeful that everyone will be satisfied when the game releases in a couple months.
Note: Joystiq is reporting that the original Assassin’s Creed will not be updated to include trophy support.
Assassin’s Creed Revelations releases on November 15th for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.