Assassin's Creed II: Bonfire of the Vanities

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Assassin's Creed II: Bonfire of the Vanities

Despite Assassin's Creed II's inaugural downloadable content pack, Battle of Forli, having underwhelmed us so comprehensively last month, hope remained that this was nothing more than a dip in form which would be swiftly rectified with the release of this second "deleted scene".

As you'll recall if you've completed Assassin's Creed II, the main game inexplicably jumps from Memory Sequence 11 to 14 near the end, leaving players befuddled as to what happened in the intervening period. Step forward Mr DLC, offering you a chance to plug the yawning narrative chasm for a mere 320 Microsoft Points, or about three Queen Elizabeth Pounds.

The official explanation for the reinstatement of these memories is that computer whizz Rebecca Crane has managed to repair the corrupt code, thus allowing Ezio to experience what happened in Florence in 1497. Set nine years after the previous memory sequence, the now-bearded assassin must meet up with Machiavelli and help take down a crazed monk named Savonarola.

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Assassin's Creed II's dad Patrice Desilets has confirmed that the Battle of Forli and Bonfire of the Vanities download packs due next year were originally meant to be in the main game.

Ubisoft details Assassin's Creed II DLC

Ubisoft details Assassin's Creed II DLC

Price and contents laid out.

Ubisoft has detailed the upcoming Assassin's Creed II downloadable content packs it announced just recently.

The first, the Battle of Forli, is due out in January for $3.99 and features six new memories. It focuses on Ezio's work to protect the town of Forli from the invading Orsi family, and fleshes out Caterina Sforza, who you encountered briefly in the main game just before you went off to Florence.

The second pack, the Bonfire of the Vanities, is due out for $4.99 in February, and unlocks a new area of Florence. Ezio has to liberate the city from Savonarola, who has taken it over thanks to an Apple of Eden.

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