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Since this is the first time in about 17 years that a brand new Assassin's Creed game isn't launching as part of an annual cycle, Ubisoft has decided to bring players back to the series' roots, announcing the impending launch of Assassin's Creed The Ezio Collection, boasting remastered versions of three Assassin's Creed games.
The Assassin's Creed series has made quite a name for itself over the years, boasting core titles, portable spinoffs, a handful of sidescrolling romps and even a Hollywood movie. At this point, some may have forgotten that all of this running, jumping and stabbing folks with wrist-blades got started because of one man: Ezio Auditore da Firenze.
Ubisoft certainly remembers that fact and, while the publisher has taken a year off from the series' typical perennial release schedule, they've decided to fill the gap with a remastered collection of several games from the series.
Due out on Nov. 17, Assassin's Creed The Ezio Collection offers enhanced versions of three Assassin's Creed games, including Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed Revelations. Arriving for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, this collection will only include the single player campaigns from each of these games, so don't be too bummed when you can't revisit the online combat. That's a bit of a bummer but, let's face it, you're still looking at a whole heck of a lot of gaming goodness crammed into a single collection.
According to the series' lore, Ezio had a huge hand in shaping the history of Italy, Rome and Constantinople, relying on famous figures from history to offer assistance and a handy edge in battle.
The trailer for this new Assasin's Creed collection invites players to "relive the legend," which probably isn't a terrible idea if you've never played these games before. Again, the next official Assassin's Creed game still isn't even a blip on the radar, so an upgraded run through a large chunk of the main series shouldn't be a bad way to pass a few dozen hours. Also worth noting is the fact that, while there won't be any online content, you'll still be getting all of the DLC that was eventually added to each of these games, only baked in from the onset.
We can't say we're surprised by this news, even if you take away the fact that just about every game under the sun seems to be getting enhanced editions these days. As is often the case this time around, an early rating for the collection popped up well ahead of the official announcement, so we've been anticipating The Ezio Collection for about a month now.
Whether you're new to the series or looking to relive past glories, look for this stroll down Assassin Creed's memory lane on November 17.