Editor's note: Rob Dwiar is a garden designer, landscape architect, horticulturist and writer who regular Eurogamer readers may remember for his analysis of The Witcher 3, Mass Effect and Dishonored, his essay on the genius of Rapture and his thoughts on the close quarters of Dead Space, Metro, The Last of Us and Oblivion. Now, to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of Assassin's Creed, Dwiar takes a closer look at Ubisoft's remarkable recreation of Renaissance Italy, and finds there's more than meets the eye.
Apparently cosplaying as an Assassin's Creed character is such a phenomenon that it's infiltrated the world of Final Fantasy 15. Indeed, Square Enix's popular RPG is getting a free Assassin's Creed-related timed expansion due 29th August and lasting through 31st Jan, 2018.
It all starts with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
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.
Remember the weird-looking NPC in Assassin's Creed The Ezio Collection? You know, the one with the clown face? Ubisoft patched him - his face - out of the game.
In November, Ubisoft responded to a viral video that showed off the Assassin's Creed Ezio Collection in a poor light. The video showcased glitchy climbing mechanics and a horrendous background NPC face that shows up in Sequence 1, Memory 1, aka Boys Will Be Boys.
At the time, Ubisoft pointed out the NPC in question was in the original Assassin's Creed 2 as well. The original game is darker so he was harder to spot, but he is one of a number of NPC models who can appear in that spot during that cutscene. So, it was entirely possible and indeed likely you would play this scene and never see him.
The Assassin's Creed film's next publicity stunt involves an actual stunt: a 100 foot freefall to be exact.
Welcome to your weekly sampler of videos from Outside Xbox, where this week we were bemoaning the quality of childcare in video games.
Ubisoft has responded to a viral video doing the rounds earlier this week which showed off the Assassin's Creed Ezio Collection in a pretty poor light.
Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection launched last week, bundling Assassin's Creeds 2, Brotherhood and Revelations onto the current generation of consoles - which is good really, as it's about time the Xbox One and PS4 got a decent assassin.