Why we can’t wait for The Ezio Collection

Back in 2007 the world was introduced to the Assassin’s Creed franchise for the very first time; it was met with standing ovations across the gaming world and becoming an overnight success story, going on to win “Best Action/Adventure Game” (IGN), Best Action Game (GameSpot) and Best of Show (GameTrailers) and many others awards across its continued life as a franchise. Ubisoft have used the franchise to take us on a journey through time, sending us across Italy during the renaissance, across America in its infancy, and  they even opened to the high seas with Black Flag. We’ve even frolicked through the French and industrial revolutions – each period of time we have lived through the life of an Assassin of the period.

Ubisoft, throughout the life of the franchise, has been increasingly criticised as the series progressed, for both buggy releases and repetitive story elements, and inconsistent fighting and running mechanics. Ubisoft tried to combat the repetitive story elements with Assassins Creed Rogue where the player took the role of the adversary, a Templar, however it wasn’t enough and criticism about the series continued to mount up with many fans blaming the short time frame given by Ubisoft for each title. It seems Ubisoft heard the criticisms of its fan base and took them on board, deciding against a new release for 2016.

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But fear no,t because whilst we may not be getting a new Assassins Creed this year, “The Ezio Collection” that we heard whispers about back in August was confirmed. Yes, once more can we play the fan’s official favorite Assassin once more and this time we get to relive the life of this legend of the creed with remastered graphics fromstart to finish. All the way from defending your family honour from the slander of Vieri De Pazzi all the way through to watching the end of days through the revalations of Minerva, Jupiter and Juno all bundled into one neat little package.

In addition to the remastered games and the included downloadable content, The Ezio Collection will include Assassin’s Creed: Lineage. Lineage is a 36-minute short film where Canadian Director Yves Simoneau explores the life of Giovanni Auditore and acts almost like a prologue for Assassins Creed II. Assassin’s Creed: Embers, an animated epilogue to Revelations is also included. It is worth noting that the multiplayer mode introduced to the series in brotherhood and continued in revelations will not be a part of the Ezio Collection.

Personally I feel missing multiplayer modes are no great loss; whilst I did find them amusing they were not integral to experience. The Assassins Creed franchise does work best as a single player experience in my eyes and I cannot wait to pick up my pad and be able to experience Ezio’s entire saga as one linear experience on the Xbox One.

What are you most excited for the Ezio Collection? Do you think Ubisoft made a smart move by not releasing a new game this year? Join the discussion and let us know either below the article or over on Facebook!

Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection will be released 17 November 2016.

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