Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

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16th November 2010

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

12th November 2010

AC: Brotherhood launch trailer

28th October 2010

New AC: Brotherhood trailer

19th October 2010

AC: Brotherhood story trailer

The Assassin's Creed series, ranked

As Ezio one, two, three.

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.

Assassin'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.

Tracing 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.

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.

First details on 2012's Assassin's Creed

First details on 2012's Assassin's Creed

Desmond's story to conclude next year.

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.

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Cheap This Week - 22/06/11

Fallout! Eden! Men jumping!

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 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.

Cheap This Week - 01/06/11

Battlefield! GTA! Broken Sword! AssBro!

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.

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.

BAFTA Game nominations announced

BAFTA Game nominations announced

AC: Brotherhood, Mario, COD slug it out.

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.

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O'Briain: Games don't need mainstream

"Nerds will hang around," insists BAFTA host.

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".

AC: Brotherhood gets PC release date

AC: Brotherhood gets PC release date

Ezio better late than never.

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.

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood total sales

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood total sales

Ubisoft makes a killing on the dance floor.

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.

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood PC details

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood PC details

Looks better, has 3D, uses multi-monitors.

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.

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Free Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood map

Venezia by Night hand-out soon.

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.

AC: Brotherhood update announced

AC: Brotherhood update announced

Patch fixes Animus bug, Trophy issues.

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:

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Assassin's Creed strategy title planned?

World in Conflict team joins the franchise.

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.

Kinect bundles outsell Move bundles 5-1

Plus: GT5, Donkey Kong sales figures.

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.

Assassin's Creed 3 features hinted at

Ubisoft survey drops a few clues.

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.

Assassin's Creed 2011 confirmed

Assassin's Creed 2011 confirmed

Ubisoft backtracks on year-off promise.

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."

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Top of the Popes.

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.

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PS3-exclusive DLC for AC Brotherhood

PS3-exclusive DLC for AC Brotherhood

UPDATE: Ubisoft alters date.

Update: Ubisoft has informed us that Copernicus Conspiracy will be available from 19th November - the original date was wrong.

Original story:

PlayStation 3 owners will be the beneficiaries of exclusive free downloadable content for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Ubisoft has announced.

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AC: Brotherhood post-beta tweaks detailed

AC: Brotherhood post-beta tweaks detailed

New features announced too.

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.

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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.

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.

Eurogamer Expo 2010 Top 10

Including your game of the show.

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...

Assassin's Creed Facebook game launches

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.

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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Multiplayer unmasked.

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?'

PS+ gets AC: Brotherhood beta first

PS+ gets AC: Brotherhood beta first

Exclusive for a week.

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.

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Assassin's seeks "research assistants"

Update: Ubi says it's a fan thing, pulls link.

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.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Rehashing's a sin?

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.

PS3 AC Brotherhood beta dated

PS3 AC Brotherhood beta dated

Too late for Midsomer Murders.

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.

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Ubisoft Eurogamer Expo line-up revealed

Driver! Creed Brotherhood! Rabbids!

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.

Ubi unveils AC: Brotherhood SE

Ubi unveils AC: Brotherhood SE

Maps! Toy! Extra disc! Art book.

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.

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood beta dated

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood beta dated

Multiplayer test exclusive to PS3.

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.

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Multiplayer tested, Ubisoft interviewed.

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.

Ubi lets Assassin's dev know who's boss

Will there be an Assassin's Creed in 2011?

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.

AC: Brotherhood gets UK release date

AC: Brotherhood gets UK release date

On PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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.

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Sony ties up DLC/pack-in exclusives

Sony ties up DLC/pack-in exclusives

For MOH, Dead Space, Mafia, Brotherhood.

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.

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Ubi unveils AC: Brotherhood multiplayer

Ubi unveils AC: Brotherhood multiplayer

Contracts, knifing people in the back, etc.

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.

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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.

Ubi confirms Assassin's director exit

Ubi confirms Assassin's director exit

Patrice Désilets taking "creative break".

Ubisoft has confirmed that Patrice Désilets "has decided to take a creative break from the industry".

Earlier US magazine Game Informer

walks-away-from-ubisoft-and-assassin-s-creed.aspx">reported that the Ubisoft Montreal creative director had left the company.

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Ubi teases new Assassin's Creed

Trailer and weapons on countdown site.

Ubisoft has popped up a teaser website for its next Assassin's Creed title featuring Dr Warren Vidic banging on about the Templars.

Assassin's Creed: BH info leaks out

Ubisoft confirms title, promises more soon.

Ubisoft has confirmed that leaked images of a flier for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood refer to an upcoming game in the popular stealth series.

Ubi to make franchise games more often

And they will all have multiplayer.

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.