Ubisoft may have skipped on releasing a major new entry in the famed Assassin's Creed franchise, but they made up for it with both a new movie starring Michael Fassbender and a remastered collection featuring Ezio Audtiore da firenze called Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection.
The availability of the collection was announced on the official website for both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Typically it will run you $60 if you want to get your hands on it, as it features three full games and a few short-films as well.
The short-films include Assassin's Creed Lineage and Assassin's Creed Embers, both of which take a dive into the history of Ezio's past. The games include Assassin's Creed 2, which was the first one to introduce Ezio; Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, which was a spin-off of the sequel and added way more gameplay options and mechanics to the fold; and then there's Assassin's Creed: Revelations, which reveals the connection between Ezio and Altair from the original Assassin's Creed, along with wrapping up Ezio's story.
The games and short films take place during the Italian Renaissance, focusing on the journey that Ezio makes after his father and brother is executed. Ezio works with his mother and sister to not only build up the Assassin's order, but also to help exact revenge on the people who destroyed their family.
Ezio loses a lot over the course of the three games, having to battle against the forces of the Templars and the Catholic church in order to protect the Apple of Eden and attempt to preserve the lives of the people closest to him.
The trilogy of games have all been remastered with higher fidelity assets to take advantage of the power of the PS4 and Xbox One. The port house Virtuos worked with Ubisoft Montreal to add in things like god-rays, bokeh DOF, motion blur, enhanced lighting and texture effects, as well as native 1080p internal resolution for the PS4 and Xbox One.
Assassin's Creed 2 and Assassin's Creed: Revelations are the two games that offered the most story content, but it was Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood that really elevated the gameplay of the series by introducing lots of really cool mechanics, counters, combat abilities, battle sequences and stealth opportunities to the series that would help elevate the franchise to the next level. The game focused more on giving players lots of various quests and mini-games to complete.
Ubisoft really worked hard on adding in tons of different content to Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood to give gamers something unique and diverse when it came to the gameplay mechanics, and it really paid off well. They also didn't rely as heavily on a scripted narrative, and mostly had players picking and choosing their missions (and side-missions) over the course of the gameplay. They went in the complete opposite direction for a large part of Assassin's Creed III, which caused it to receive a heck of a lot of criticisms for how restricted and limited certain gameplay segments were.
If you really enjoyed the Ezio trilogy or if you missed out on it during its run on the PS3 and Xbox 360, the full HD remastered editions of the three games are available right now for the PS4 and Xbox One.