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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.
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.
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.
By Ezio's beard! Xbox has announced Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is coming to backwards compatibility today, along with a collection of other much-loved titles.
Roughly two-thirds of the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie will be set in modern times.
It's bank holiday Monday, a day on which all the bankers are allowed to come out from behind their side of the counter and roam the countryside for a few hours. At least I think that's how it works.
Whatever your stance on the humble moustache, mutton chops, beard or goatee, facial hair can be found growing with reckless abandon on a number of gaming's most memorable protagonists (and a few forgettable ones to boot). Once you delve a bit deeper, however, a pattern starts to emerge from among the bristles; facial hair is, basically, game developer shorthand for emotional development.
Have there really been five Assassin's Creed games? All on just one generation of consoles? How time flies.
UPDATE: A Ubisoft representative has confirmed the existence of the Assassin's Creed Anthology to Eurogamer. Full details will be announced later this week.
The discounted, downloadable PS3 Essentials range arrives on PlayStation Network today.
The big creative leap promised by Assassin's Creed 3 would have been impossible had Ubisoft not annualised the franchise, according to the sequel's creative director Alex Hutchinson.
Once upon a time gaming required a single disc, or cartridge, or, going back further, a cassette tape, and a gamer.
Ubisoft Montreal sheds light on the series' future.
Roster of heroes in Sony commercial.
The story kick-started by 2007's Assassin's Creed will be tied up before December 2012, with developer Ubisoft Montreal strongly suggesting that Desmond Miles' tale will conclude next year.
"In Assassin's Creed we set up a timeline with this whole end of the world plot of December 2012," Assassin's Creed: Revelation creative lead Alexandre Amacio told Eurogamer. "That's fast approaching, and the story we have to tell, we obviously need to do it before we arrive at that point."
Ubisoft Montreal has created four main games since the Assassin's Creed series debuted in 2007, and 2009's Assassin's Creed 2 has enjoyed two follow-ups in quick succession with last year's Brotherhood and the forthcoming Revelations.
An overview of the series so far.
Sony has outlined the bare-bones August content for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
As we head into the season of sales, you'll want to keep your bank account tightly girdled lest you snap up every game under the summer sun. That's why we're here to guide you; we've got a few great bargains this week on some classics of the past few years, as well as some more contemporary greats.
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.
Behold! Here's your essential weekly guide to spending slightly less on games than you might pay otherwise. Cheap This Week is a collection of the best deals from across the land every Wednesday; read on to find out which gaming deals we think are worth your attention this week. If you want updates about which games are cheap pumped into your web browser every second, be sure to head to SavyGamer.co.uk.
Geralt bails on AC hay diving.
The next Assassin's Creed game could be subtitled Revelations, judging by a botched reveal on Ubisoft's Facebook page.
Ubisoft has put a recruiting call for an Assassin's Creed buff to help pen a forthcoming franchise encyclopedia.
5760x1080 displays true eagle vision.
Ubisoft is considering film versions of its Ghost Recon and Assassin's Creed franchises, so suggests a new customer survey from the French publisher.
UPDATE: Ubisoft has told Eurogamer it is "currently investigating" the matter.
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.
Ubisoft has announced Assassin's Creed Brotherhood: The Da Vinci Edition, due out on 25th March for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Unlike many Ubisoft PC games, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is playable without an active internet connection.
Ezio back in The Da Vinci Disappearance.
More Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood downloadable content is on the way – but this time you'll have to pay for it.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops dominate this year's BAFTA Game nominations, released today.
Assassin's Creed has the most nods with six, followed by Black Ops and Galaxy 2 with five each. Kudos to indie underdog LIMBO for picking up four.
Wondering why GOTY contender Red Dead Redemption doesn't feature more prominently? Developer Rockstar Games decided not to enter it into competition.
Cheer up pauper, you don't need a new computer to play Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood on PC.
Comedian Dara O'Briain believes the games industry should accept it will never have the "spurious bauble of mainstream approval" – and it "doesn't matter" because gaming's influence on culture is "more profound than whatever the latest Heat magazine-approved television show is".
Ubisoft's 2010 console blockbuster Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood finally gets a PC release on 18th March, the publisher has announced.
According to a post on the game's official forum, the USA and "certain EMEA countries" get it a day earlier. "Please check your local retailers for details in your region /country," advised the forum manager.
There's no additional content to compensate for the wait, but Ubisoft has promised the game will look sharper on your desktop than ever before. There's support for multi-monitor displays and stereoscopic 3D output, while shadows, reflections, environment, character detail and draw distance are apparently all improved.
The next entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise, due out later this year, is a full retail title and not a download, publisher Ubisoft has confirmed.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has now shipped 6.5 million copies around the world, Ubisoft has announced.
Coupled with 10.5 million shipped copies of various dance games - Just Dance 2, Just Dance, Michael Jackson: The Experience, Dance on Broadway and Just Dance Kids - and the Ubisoft smile was wider than ever: €600 million revenue for the three months ended 31st December 2010. That's 21.2 per cent higher than last year.
In the six months prior to that - April to September 2010 - Ubisoft had made €261 million.
On PC, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood supports multi-monitor displays and stereoscopic 3D output.
Multi-monitors are powered by AMD Eyefinity, and 3D by NIVIDA 3D Vision, according to a Ubisoft Germany video (via Joystiq).
On PC, shadows, reflections, environment, character detail and draw distance are also improved. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood requires the same minimum PC requirements as Assassin's Creed 2.
The Assassin's Creed Facebook page has nearly one million fans. And when it reaches that milestone, everyone who owns Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will get a present: the Venezia by Night map.
Sony and Media Molecule's enchanting user-generated platformer LittleBigPlanet 2 has entered the UK all-formats chart at number one.
New map, multiplayer mode out now.
Ubisoft will patch out its controversial always-on PC game digital rights management on a case-by-case basis.
A new Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood patch is on its way, promising to plug a number of game-breaking glitches.
According to Ubisoft's Facebook page, the update finally fixes a notorious bug that sees you looping endlessly between the Animus and the present, as well as a problem that prevented some PlayStation 3 users unlocking Trophies.
Here's the full list of tweaks:
As any self-respecting cash-cow knows, you ain't nothing without a few spin-off titles under your belt. Duly, it seems Ubisoft might be looking to expand the Assassin's Creed franchise beyond its well-established third person foundations.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has crept into the weekly Japanese sales chart at number 10.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is to get a second batch of DLC in January, publisher Ubisoft has confirmed.
Ubi updates multiplayer for free.
Xbox 360 Kinect bundles outsold PlayStation 3 Move bundles by a factor of more than five to one in the US last month, according to a retail analyst.
Find out how to play as MGS man.
An Ubisoft survey suggests that the publisher is looking into a number of fresh innovations for the next game in the Assassin's Creed franchise, including new customisation options, crafting features and a different lead character.
Ubisoft has aired plans to release "another big Assassin's Creed game" in 2011.
Ubisoft must be feeling festive, because on 14th December it will release a free lump of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood DLC on both PS3 and Xbox 360.
Call of Duty: Black Ops has denied Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit a top spot in the UK all-formats chart.
Animus re-opening from tomorrow.
Like-for-like clips on PS3/360 vs. DF tools.
We take Ezio and his pals online.
More than just Papal over the cracks.
Exclusive: Kills of the trade.
This week sees the release of the latest in one of gaming's biggest franchises: Assassin's Creed.
There will be a new Assassin's Creed game in 2011, Ubisoft has confirmed, despite earlier promises that the series would be taking a year off.
Speaking at an investor call today, CEO Yves Guillemot revealed, "There will be something around Assassin's [next year]. That's all we can say."
No clarification was offered as to exactly what form the game might take, but CFO Alain Martinez said "Maybe after Christmas in January we'll be able to talk about what kind of product we have."
Did you know there is an amusing Metal Gear Solid cameo in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood? It's an apt inclusion really, because while it can't quite hold a candle to the eccentricities and convolutions of Hideo Kojima's labyrinthine stealth-action saga, Assassin's Creed is certainly getting there.
Let's recap. You are a man named Desmond Miles, who spends most of his days strapped to a machine called the Animus. The Animus lets Desmond relive the genetic memories of his ancestors, who happen to be an order of Assassins, locked for millennia in a struggle against the naughty Templars who want to subjugate humanity for the greater good.
Desmond was first captured by the Templars, who wanted to use him to find the legendary Pieces of Eden, objects of unspeakable power and potentially otherworldly origin. But he was snatched up by present-day Assassins... who wanted to use him to find the legendary Pieces of Eden so the Templars couldn't get their hands on them.
Ubisoft has lifted the lid on the hitherto mysterious Assassin's Creed: Ascendance clip that appeared earlier this week.
Ubisoft has shown off another new strand of its ever-expanding Assassin's Creed franchise.
Don't believe the 11th February 2011 date given to Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood on PC. That ShopTo telly advert hasn't been finalised yet.
Update: Ubisoft has informed us that Copernicus Conspiracy will be available from 19th November - the original date was wrong.
PlayStation 3 owners will be the beneficiaries of exclusive free downloadable content for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Ubisoft has announced.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood's beta phase seems to have had the desired effect, with Ubisoft announcing that it's made a long list of tweaks following user feedback.
The changes detailed on Sony's EU PlayStation blog - listed in full below - include improved matchmaking and new visual and audio effects.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood sneaks onto PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 from 19th November. Eurogamer's Simon Parkin recently went hands-on with Ezio's new adventure.
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.
Rome wasn't built in a day. It was built in 365. While the multiplayer component to Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has been in development for years now, the single-player game has been pieced together in just 12 months by much the same team as built the second game. And how they've used that time. When you first step into the Roman colosseum, it's another Damascene moment. The sense of awesome scale and craftsmanship that's gone into recreating this ancient monument is comparable to the first time you rode over the crest of the hill and saw Jerusalem laid out on the horizon of the first game.
Another multiplayer class.
Every year at the Eurogamer Expo we invite you to tell us what you thought of the games you played, and without fail every year (so far anyway) you exhibit amazing taste in huge numbers. This year's Expo line-up was our strongest and most diverse yet, so we were excited to see what would follow in the footsteps of last year's winner, God of War III, or 2008's Mirror's Edge...
Ubisoft has launched an Assassin's Creed game on social networking site Facebook.
Project Legacy is a training simulator for Templar company Abstergo Industries.
You use action points to complete memories, which in turn earns experience points and money. There's levelling up, skill points, units and all sorts of gubbins designed to hook you in.
Ubi on how to be the perfect enemy.
Exotic gameplay, apparently.
Courtesans vs barbers!
Multiplayer mode detailed.
Let's play a word association game. If I was wearing a loud shirt, sporting silly glasses and holding a giant foam hammer, and I shouted 'Assassin's Creed multiplayer!' at you, what would be the words that instinctively tumbled from your mouth? I strongly suspect they'd be 'needless', 'pointless' and 'futile', possibly followed up with, 'Where am I? What's going on?'
PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to take part in the Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood multiplayer beta a week before anyone else, Sony's announced.
It launches on 27th September. Details are yet to be revealed.
On 4th October the beta will open up to all other PS3 owners. To join in, you need to pre-order the game. Participating retailers are Play.com and GAME.
Wasn't built in a day, apparently.
PS3 beta begins in October.
Update: Ubisoft has told Eurogamer that the research assistants thing is a fan project and nothing official after all. It's also pulled the flyer from its website by the look of it.
Ah, middle management. If you're good at something, sooner or later you get promoted out of it and have to admire it from above while you do something less innocent. As Ezio Auditore is discovering in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, it happens to the best of us.
The exclusive PS3 multiplayer beta test for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood will begin on 4th October, Ubisoft revealed today.
To join in, you'll need to pre-order the game. Participating retailers are Play.com and GAME.
There is another way to play the game before then, of course - at the Eurogamer Expo 2010 on 1st to 3rd October. We'll be hosting both multiplayer and single-player demonstrations of the game at Earl's Court in London.
Joust for you.
The Ubisoft line-up for the Eurogamer Expo 2010 is in. The golden balls this year are Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Driver: San Francisco and Raving Rabbids Travel in Time.
Behind the scenes with the AC brothas.
Ubisoft has announced the forthcoming release of a Collectors' Edition of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
It will include two extra single-player maps, a real-life strategy map of Rome, an art book and a special jack-in-the-box toy. Plus you'll get a bonus disc featuring a Making Of video, a sneak peek at the new AC comic, trailers and the game soundtrack.
So far the CE has only been confirmed for release in the US, where it will cost ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS. Those who buy the bundle at Gamestop will get an extra special special jack-in-the-box toy.
PS3 multiplayer beta testing for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood gets under way in September.
Ubisoft announced the date at the end of a new video, which shows a variety of ways in which death can be gifted.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood takes hero Ezio to Rome and asks him to train an army to take down the Templars. On top of that, there's multiplayer for the first time ever in the series.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood isn't Assassin's Creed III, and it'll arrive on store shelves only a year after Assassin's Creed II, but it's set to be one of the biggest games of 2010. Why? Because for the first time Assassin's fans will be able to stab up their friends as well as computer-controlled enemies.
Appearances can be deceiving.
Upcoming stab-em-up Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is not Assassin's "2.5", Ubisoft has insisted.
Ubisoft has poured cold water on calls from its own developer for the Assassin's Creed franchise to take a break following the release of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood this November.
Stab-'em-up series Assassin's Creed will be as big as Grand Theft Auto "in the not-too-distant future", Ubisoft reckons.
It is unlikely that 2011 will see the release of an Assassin's Creed game, the series' associate producer has told Eurogamer.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will be in UK shops on 19th November, Ubisoft has confirmed.
The PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game will all be released on the same day.
Brotherhood continues stab master Ezio's story, and will include multiplayer for the first time in the successful series.
Singleplayer footage as Ezio defends his villa.
Sony has announced a bunch of exclusive tie-ups with third-party publishers to provide downloadable content, betas and limited editions only available to PlayStation 3 owners.
EA will launch special versions of the new Medal of Honor (12th October) and Dead Space 2 (28th January) that include exclusives bonuses. Medal of Honor will ship with an HD remastering of Medal of Honor: Frontline (remember that?), while Dead Space 2 will include a copy of Dead Space: Extraction featuring PS Move support.
2K, meanwhile, will offer exclusive day-one downloadable content for Mafia II on PS3. "Loads of new missions and hours of additional arcade gameplay," apparently. Mafia II's out on 27th August.
Vincent Pontbriand talks us through Ezio's return to Rome.
Assassin's Creed producer Vincent Pontbriand has told Eurogamer that former colleague Patrice Désilets, the creator of the series, was "right" to quit Ubisoft.
Ubisoft has finally unveiled the first of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood's multiplayer modes. It's called Wanted, and it sees the historical shiv-'em-up venturing online far more successfully than the last game's DRM ever did.
Wanted is available for up to eight players at a time, and sees you hitting the streets of Rome to carry out contract murders. Every match will begin with each assassin being given a rival player to track down and take out, and the game keeps tabs on who's the most deadly and balances itself accordingly.
That means that if you're handy with the steel - a bit like Warren G - you can expect to have four or five hooded menaces heading your way to mess things up for you fairly regularly. APB works in kind of the same way, but you can't almost certainly climb up guttering while wearing a ruff in APB.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is due out on 16th November this year.
An assassin's work - a bit like a postman's perhaps - is never done. Ezio Auditore's only just got back to his villa after prosecuting that whole blood-soaked vengeance deal at the end of Assassin's Creed II, and all of us a sudden there's cannon-fire shredding his bedroom as he tries to enjoy himself with a friendly lady. What a drag.
Say hello to my little friends.
Ubisoft has confirmed that Patrice Désilets "has decided to take a creative break from the industry".
Earlier US magazine Game Informer
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Ubisoft has revealed that Assassin's Creed II sold "nearly nine million units" during its last financial year, which ended on 31st March 2010.
Ubisoft has announced that Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will ship on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in late 2010.
Ubisoft has popped up a teaser website for its next Assassin's Creed title featuring Dr Warren Vidic banging on about the Templars.
Be the legend.
Ubisoft has confirmed that leaked images of a flier for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood refer to an upcoming game in the popular stealth series.
Assassin's Creed antagonist Dr. Warren Vidic has popped up on Facebook and left a mysterious message.
Ubisoft has registered domain names for Assassin's Creed and Driver that may point to the names of upcoming instalments.
Ubisoft plans to produce games based on its biggest franchises more often and wants everything to have multiplayer in it, according to CEO Yves Guillemot.
Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot has said that the Assassin's Creed episode mentioned last month picks up after ACII and takes place in Rome.
Ubisoft has said to expect more Assassin's Creed during its next fiscal year, which begins in April and ends on 31st March 2011.