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Assassin's Creed is a series all about history - well, that and stabbing people in the neck. So, for the release of Origins, we thought we'd celebrate by delving into the history of the series. It's a lot less messy than doing the stabbing in the neck thing ourselves.

FeatureAssassin's Creed: the story so far

Everything is permitted.

There will likely never be a better entry point to Assassin's Creed than Origins, released today. A prequel set a thousand years before the events of Assassin's Creed 1, Origins can be enjoyed as your first experience of the series.

FeatureTracing the ancestry of Assassin's Creed, from Prince of Persia to the Holy Land

Assassin's Creed's origins: A chat with Patrice Désilets about building the tower.

If there are moments of serenity in the original Assassin's Creed, which turns 10 years old next month, they are surely to be found in the act of scaling towers - a way of pacing consumption of the landscape that has shaped almost every subsequent open world escapade, from Rocksteady's Batman Arkham games to the mighty Breath of the Wild. The city is a fading murmur beneath you, the cries of beggars and traders and the jingle of guard awareness icons whisked away by the wind. The occasional frustrations of shouldering through mobs or scrambling across uneven rooftops are forgotten. There is nothing but the scuffle of toes on masonry and the rattle of Altair's sword in its sheath.

Assassin's Creed film review

Originally published last month for its initial US release, here's our review of the Assassin's Creed film - which is now showing in the UK.

Like his shiny set of Assassin blades, Michael Fassbender dual-wields the main roles in Assassin's Creed - those of present day thug Callum Lynch and Spanish Inquisition ancestor Aguilar. It means Fassbender is always the film's focus, the sharp end of its blade designed to ensure Ubisoft's biggest gaming series penetrates ever further into the public consciousness. But what a mess he's forced to make to try and get its point across.

Fans of the series should expect a whirlwind tour of the Assassin's Creed greatest hits - splendidly reconstructed historical settings, wall-running and roof-jumping fisticuffs, philosophical meanderings over a shiny Apple of Eden McGuffin - but all of the games' poorer traits make the leap to the big screen, too: weak characterisation, humourless exposition, and a story which exists simply to string one punch-up to the next.

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Everything the Assassin's Creed movie trailer tells us

The Assassin's Creed movie now has its first trailer, which shows off Michael Fassbender's main character, the film's present day and historical storylines plus a brooding Jeremy Irons.

The movie will tell a new story set within the main Assassin's Creed universe.

That said, it looks like the first Assassin's Creed game will serve as a major inspiration.

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Assassin's Creed movie already getting a sequel - report

Assassin's Creed movie already getting a sequel - report

Michael Fassbender is on board for more.

The Assassin's Creed movie won't be out until 21st December, but it's reportedly already greenlit a sequel.

According to The Tracking Board, New Regency has already signed with producers Jean-Julien Baronnet from Ubisoft Motion Pictures, Frank Marshall through his Kennedy-Marshall Company, along with Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan through DMC Films.

It's not clear if Assassin's Creed co-stars Marion Cotillard or Jeremy Irons will return. The same goes for director Justin Kurzel. For that matter, it's not 100 per cent confirmed that Fassbender will star in the sequel, but the fact that he's co-producing it suggests he'll reprise the role.

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FeatureAssassin's Creed retrospective

Altair of this joke eventually.

The Assassin's Creed games may be about exploring the genetic memories of Desmond Miles' ancestors, but you won't need a fancy Animus device to remember the series' first instalment. It came out just five years ago, and it's weird to think that it was as recently as the start of November 2007 that we had no idea about any of this. Since then, Assassin's Creed has become one of the biggest game series of its generation, and in Ezio Auditore - star of three games in the peculiar grouping that is 'the Assassin's Creed 2 trilogy' - it has come as close as anybody to creating this generation's equivalent of the classic gaming mascot. How fitting that Ezio had an uncle called Mario.

Ubisoft launches legal action over Assassin's Creed copyright row

Ubisoft launches legal action over Assassin's Creed copyright row

Beiswenger's claims were "frivolous and without merit", says publisher.

Ubisoft has launched its own legal action against the US author who recently claimed that the Assassin's Creed series breached his copyright.

Following writer John Beiswenger dismissing his own suit earlier this week "without prejudice", the French publisher has filed its own complaint, asking a judge to rule that its game categorically does not infringe his alleged copyright.

"The plaintiff in the case alleging copyright infringement by Ubisoft has dropped his claim, without settlement," read a statement from the publisher, as reported by Gamasutra.

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Early Assassin's Creed concept footage dug up

Back when it was called Prince of Persia: Assassins.

Early concept footage of what would later become Assassin's Creed has found it's way onto the web, showing that Ubisoft's mega-selling franchise started out as a Prince of Persia spin-off.

EU PlayStation Store update 3rd August

EU PlayStation Store update 3rd August

Back to the Future! Ubisoft sale!

Telltale's episodic adaptation of Back to the Future concludes this week with the release of Part 5, free for series owners.

Overall it's a quiet week for the PlayStation Store, with a sale on Ubisoft games the only real sniff of a bargain on offer. Prince of Persia and Assassin's Creed become slightly cheaper, although PlayStation Plus members get bigger savings and bonus content.

PlayStation 3 owners get a demo of Rugby World Cup 2011 (released yesterday on Xbox 360).

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Ex-Assassin's Creed dev starts at THQ

Désilets to reveal new game on phone.

Ex-Assassin's Creed main man Patrice Désilets begins work for new employer THQ today – and will reveal his new game to core games boss Danny Bilson over the phone.

Ghost Recon/Ass Creed films coming?

Ubisoft wants to hear your thoughts.

Ubisoft is considering film versions of its Ghost Recon and Assassin's Creed franchises, so suggests a new customer survey from the French publisher.

Raymond: Animus lets Assassin's expand

Explains move beyond Third Crusade.

Assassin's Creed's Animus, the virtual reality machine that reads a subject's genetic memory and allows them to relive it as an ancestor, helped the phenomenally successful stab-em-up series to expand beyond the limits of the first game's setting.

Ex-Assassin's Creed dev joins THQ

Patrice Désilets working on brand new game.

Ex-Assassin's Creed main man Patrice Désilets will join THQ in summer 2011 to form a new Montreal Studio focused on creating brand new games.

Assassin's Creed II sells 1.6m worldwide

Assassin's Creed II sells 1.6m worldwide

Ubisoft makes a killing.

Ubisoft has just announced that Assassin's Creed II sold 1.6m units worldwide in one week, according to "internal estimates".

That's 32 per cent better than the original Assassin's Creed, which is still the fastest-selling new IP that North America has ever seen.

The increase may be attributed to Assassin's Creed II being a much better game. Eurogamer scored the original Assassin's Creed 7/10 and gave the sequel 9/10.

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Ubi was "desperate" over Creed scores

But sales prove reviews aren't everything.

Ubisoft finance officer Alain Martinez has told a finance conference audience that the publisher hasn't put the same faith in review score averages since the runaway success of Assassin's Creed last year.

Ubi "working hard" on Assassin's Creed 2

Rumours suggest French Revolution setting.

Ubisoft refused to give even a vague release date for a sequel for Assassin's Creed 2 yesterday - but confirmed the title was in development.

Ubi suing over Ass Creed PC leak

Wants USD 10m from disc duplicator.

Ubisoft is suing a US disc duplication firm for USD 10m in damages after an early PC version of Assassin's Creed leaked onto the internet.

No Ass Creed 2 this year, confirms Ubi

No Ass Creed 2 this year, confirms Ubi

Wants to build anticipation.

Ubisoft has confirmed we won't see a sequel to Assassin's Creed this side of Christmas.

That's according to a Forbes interview with Ubi US boss Laurent Detoc, who said, "When we bring [Assassin's Creed] back, there will be more anticipation for it."

The decision is nothing to do with sales figures, as AC has proved highly popular. More than 6 million copies of the game have been shifted since it was released last November.

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More Assassin's Creed coming

It'll be around for years, says bossman.

Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot has said we can expect to see the Assassin's Creed brand knocking around for "years to come".

Ass Creed PS3 patched

Ass Creed PS3 patched

Should stop freezes.

Ubisoft has released a patch for the PS3 version of Assassin's Creed in order to tackle some of its crippling bugs.

You can get your hands on it right now, and it should prevent niggles like random loading stalls and game freezes.

However, not everybody over on the official forums seemed to be content, with many reporting the same problems as before.

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X360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round Six

Digital FoundryX360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round Six

Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed and many more. Ding!

Eurogamer is back for its latest tour of duty at the frontline of the console war with this new instalment in our rolling series of PlayStation 3 vs Xbox 360 cross-platform face-offs.

You know the form by now. We take an impartial look at a range of games that appear on both consoles, providing additional comment to the reviews already published on the site. Technical differences are highlighted, with any impact on the basic gameplay being of primary concern.

As usual, backing up the analysis is a range of comparison screenshots of each game, losslessly extracted with full 24-bit RGB precision from the HDMI ports of the Xbox 360 Elite and PlayStation 3 courtesy of a Digital Foundry HD capture unit. 720p shots are provided as standard for all games, but where the PS3 version supports 1080p (either scaled or native), we supply additional 'True HD' screengrabs to compare the games' respective performance for those privileged enough to have access to top-end displays.

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Ass Creed PS3 patch soon

Ass Creed PS3 patch soon

To deal with "freeze issues".

Ubisoft has said to expect a patch for Assassin's Creed on PlayStation 3 "as soon as possible".

The patch will deal with "freeze issues" affecting "some consumers" trying to play Ubisoft Montreal's latest - and the UK's current chart-topper.

"This update will help improve the stability of the game and will be released as soon as possible," the bits of the forum post made by the publisher's UK community manager that we haven't quoted in paragraphs one and two added.

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Assassin's Creed tops chart

Mario Galaxy at five.

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed has shot to the top of the UK all-formats charts and become the second fastest-selling new IP on an individual format behind 2002's The Getaway, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

EGTV: Exclusive Assassin's vids

EGTV: Exclusive Assassin's vids

Pick a pocket or two.

Direct your gaze Eurogamer TV-wards now for an exclusive Assassin's Creed video triple-bill, sneaking out ahead of this Friday's Euro release.

Three mission types are highlighted in the footage, spread across the Eurogamer Empire. Over on Eurogamer.de, there's a clip showing off the pickpocketing mechanic, and also Altair getting rather handy with his fists.

On Eurogamer.fr, meanwhile, the hooded protagonist hunts down a wily informant by skipping across the adventure playground-like environments like a frustrated acrobat.

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Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed

Getting away with murder.

Obviously we're not going to tell you anything. Ubisoft has worked hard to make sure that you're not only excited about playing Assassin's Creed, but that you're also dying to find out what's going on. What are all those glitchy graphical effects in aid of? Are you really in the Third Crusade at all? You want to find out for yourself, so go ahead.

What goes on in the Third Crusade is fair game though - and a fairly good game. Taking on the role of Altair, a quickly disgraced mega-assassin who doesn't respect his elders, you're given the chance to restore your name and rank by killing a sequence of increasingly naughty men scattered across the Holy Land in Damascus, Jerusalem and Acre - the three sprawling cities that host most of the game's running, jumping and assassering.

The two most arresting things about this are the astonishing graphics - more dazzling even than BioShock's, largely thanks to brilliant use of light and shadow - and the Canadian developer's unmatched interpretation of parkour, the art of "free running". As you approach a building, you can run up the wall and grab a small ledge, and then feel around for additional hand-holds, using the analogue stick to crawl up the side like Spider-Man. You can also bound across rafters, swing from beams and combine these actions, and while it's not quite limitless - there are plenty of times you'll wonder why you can't scale something - it puts even the silky platforming of Tomb Raider: Anniversary to shame as you dance beautiful, flowing escape routes across the tops of buildings.

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Assassin's Creed

A quick hands-on with the final build.

When Ubisoft asks you if it's okay to pop 'round for elevenses, you don't generally say no - unless you're on a hideous deadline, haven't dusted for three months, or are just feeling particularly cranky and antisocial that day. But even if all of the above apply, when they come armed with a finished Xbox 360 build of Assassin's Creed, even concerns about black moods, dustballs and writing reviews at 5am seem to vanish magically into the ether.

Bell reconfirmed for Creed

Bell reconfirmed for Creed

Look at her in virtual form.

Ubisoft has said actress Kristen Bell will definitely be appearing in Assassin's Creed, even though she tried to spoil the plot a year ago.

The publisher reconfirmed the Heroes (Elle in Season 2) and Veronica Mars star's involvement to Kotaku by sending the website a picture of how Bell will look in game, side-by-side with her real-life face.

It is quite stunning, actually, although we have no idea which is which - it is either the alien on the right or the lovely lady on the left.

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Assassin's Creed books canned

Real life descendants stamp feet.

Intervention from descendants of real-life assassins - the Ismaili Nizaris - has lead to work on the Assassin's Creed books being indefinitely halted.

FeaturePS3: 12 Games of Christmas

Tumbling down the chimney.

Another good thing about Christmas is that you can kiss people by holding a twig with leaves above their heads, made all the more likely by the enormous vat of incredibly pungent mulled wine stewing in the kitchen. Similarly smile-worthy is that yes there are games on PS3 to buy this year, despite what James with his rival console says in the comments section while picking his nose and flicking it at his equally spotty friend.

FeatureXbox 360: 12 Games of Christmas

Play these with mince wine.

It is now dark when we walk home and birds are either dropping out of trees in frozen lumps or going somewhere much nicer for their holidays. And, as always happens, the shops are hoisting their Christmas decorations up and getting us all worried about buying presents because we never know what they want is it socks or aftershave. So, we thought we would join in.

Assassin's Creed finished

Due out on...ah! Cheating!

Ubisoft has announced that Assassin's Creed is gold and will be released on 16th November for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Assassins line up for Fuse 07

Ubi's music/games event.

If you're not doing anything next Friday, 2nd November, and you're in the vicinity of London, you might want to consider popping along to the Shepherds Bush Empire to join in with Fuse 07 - a Ubisoft-backed game and music show will feature a gameplay demo of Assassin's Creed among its many stage acts.

FeatureAssassin's Creed: A forumite in Montreal!

A forum-eye view of Ubi's next big thing...

When Ubisoft asked us if we'd like to send one of our forumites to Montreal to play Assassin's Creed, we said no, we'd like to send ourselves instead. When they told us to sod off, we had a sulk for a bit and then elected someone - in this case, the young and dashing Richard Horne. What follows is his untouched impressions of the game based on... well, we'll let him explain. We also inserted lots of errors and typos so he doesn't put us out of a job. Good day.

Of all PlayStation 3's forthcoming releases, the most interesting and significant is neither a game nor for sale. Home, Sony's more structured, sanitised and solid attempt at a Second Life world might seem innocuous enough but with the screenshots of its cinema space and the implied possibility of fully downloadable movies, there's the chance it might eventually outgrow even its host platform in significance.

Feature360: 2007's Most Wanted

What will you be getting for Christmas?

A Most Wanted list you say? Cripes, whatever next: a Tips and Cheats pamphlet to go with Eurogamer's promotional Pacman Beach Ball cover mount? Still, it's the summer, there are precious few games around and, with an awful lot of new titles coming up towards the end of the year you might quite reasonably want to know which ones to keep an eye on.

Assassin's Creed

Should make a killing.

There were lots of highlights at E3 last week - running into Rutger Hauer, firing a pump-action shotgun, talking to Peter Moore about his braces - but one of the greater disappointments was Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed demo at the Microsoft conference. Having grown up in the public eye as an archly mysterious, beautifully imagined medieval kill-'em-up with more than its fair share of good ideas, it saw high-flying assassin Altair bumble onto the big screen, bounce off a few NPCs, prance across a series of beams, stab and gurn and then fire up an accent not so much west of Jerusalem as west of Adam West.

Assassin's Creed film contest

For them in America. Curses.

Ubisoft and the Independent Film Channel (IFC) have launched a short-film contest to support the release of Assassin's Creed this November.

Assassin's Creed dated

November. Click anyway!

Assassin's Creed is due out worldwide in November on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, Ubisoft said this morning.

Actress blows Ass Creed story

Er, spoilers! Obviously.

Actress Kristen Bell appears to have done what Ubisoft's been trying to avoid, and told everyone exactly what's going on behind the scenes in Assassin's Creed.

Assassin's Creed for 360, PC

Like you weren't expecting it?

It might be the least surprising announcement of the day, but it's still never-the-less exciting. Assassin's Creed is coming to Xbox 360 and PC.

More Assassin's Creed confusion

Is it coming to PC and 360 or not?

Look out, Internet Reports is up to his old tricks again! This time, the naughty prankster has been running round telling everyone that Assassin's Creed is coming to PC and Xbox 360 as well as PS3.

Assassin's Creed details

Assassin's Creed details

DLC, co-op, date estimate.

Ubisoft's PlayStation 3 stealth-action title Assassin's Creed will offer downloadable content, co-operative missions and should be out in Europe at the beginning of 2007, according to the US Official PlayStation mag.

As you will know if you've been following our coverage of the game since E3, Assassin's Creed is an old-days stealth-'em-up set in amongst the crusades, where players disguise themselves and take advantage of the crowd to take people out.

If you've not been keeping up, now might be the time to start before it sneaks up and stabs you in the wallet. There's an E3 trailer on Eurogamer TV as well as a video interview with Ubisoft Montreal creative director Patrice Desilets.

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EGTV: Assassin's Creed interview

It's a real crowd-pleaser.

Those of us lucky enough to blag our way through the hallowed gates of this year's E3 will have observed that, aside from the usual slavering hyperbole for the platform holders, Ubisoft had one of the strongest offerings of the entire show.

FeatureAssassin's Creed

Ubi's next 'killer' app.

Out of all the publishers at this year's E3, Ubisoft housed some of the most impressive games at the entire show, so much so that we had to wait for a certain Steven Spielberg to finish admiring their wares before we could squeeze into a tiny all-white demo room that was showing off its next big hope, Assassin's Creed. Made by an all-star Montreal team comprised of members that contributed to various incarnations of Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six, the buzz surrounding the game is understandably high already.

Assassin's Creed for X360?

So we're told.

As rumours fly that forthcoming action adventure title Assassin's Creed won't be a PS3-only title after all, Ubisoft is remaining interestingly non-committal on the subject.

Ubi's Assassin's Creed for PS3

Trailer on Eurogamer TV.

Ubisoft's just announced a brand new PlayStation 3 game called Assassin's Creed - due to be shown off at E3 next week and due out next year.