Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood players have taken to the game's official forums to complain about and discuss what appears to be a game-breaking glitch in the holiday-blockbuster title. Players report the glitch occurring when they leave the Animus as Desmond Miles and explore Monteriggioni in the game's year 2012. It appears that after a player does this he or she is then unable to have his or her character return to the Animus, which essentially traps them in the game's year 2012 and stops all further player progress.
According to some players, one way to avoid the glitch is to not save while in the game's year 2012. Others report having the game's subtitles on can prevent the glitch. But there are also players reporting that the glitch still happened to them despite their efforts to avoid it. Currently Ubisoft has not commented on the issue, so knowing exactly what causes the glitch, if there is a simple workaround, or if a patch is needed or coming is not clear at this time.
There is little more frustrating than investing hours into a game, getting swept up into the atmosphere, and having a vested interest in the outcome of the game only to have that progress and time lost due to a glitch. Unfortunately, glitches are a very real part of games these days. Assassin's Creed 2 suffered from its share of glitches too. Ubisoft eventually released a patch to correct the glitches, however. It looks like they might need to do the same thing in this case. It is unclear though whether any patch could remove the glitch and allow gamers to continue their game from where the glitch occurred or if even after a patch they would be required to start the game from the beginning.
Hopefully the issue will be resolved soon. Until official word comes out it might be best to try playing the game with the subtitles on and not saving while in 2012. Another option could be to spend time playing the multiplayer until Ubisoft releases a patch or makes an official announcement on how to avoid the glitch.
Have you experienced this glitch? Did you leave the Animus and explore Monteriggioni as Desmond Miles in the game's year 2012 and not have the glitch occur? Have you experienced other game-breaking glitches in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.