The topic of AC’s best protagonist can become a heated debate. Following the many heroic assassins, their trials, tragedies, and even loves, there are so many to choose from for one’s favorite. However, one individual comes to mind as the most influential assassin in the franchise:
Signore Ezio Auditore da Firenze
The first Assassin’s Creed game was definitely a classic, but Ubisoft’s success was not quite complete until the series’ second installment was released. It transported us from the ancient Templar crusades in the Holy Lands, to the artistic and aristocratic era of the Italian Renaissance. Spanning over decades, the three-game story follows Ezio in his losses, revenge and hidden secrets.
If you haven’t played it, here is a little insight. It literally starts with the moment of Ezio’s birth and you play all the way through to his grey years, traveling through Italy to Rome and eventually into 16th century Constantinople. Even the connection he has with the “present time” character, Desmond Miles, is far more intimate. That may seem a bit excessive when put so simply, but with more advanced game play than that of AC’s first title and a few well placed time skips, the story is fluid, complex, and full of action. And to top it off, in his adventures he befriends another master, Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the greatest minds to pull science and art together and you get a taste of that in the trilogy as well. It definitely earned its right as a cult classic.
And now it’s being tailored for new gen consoles.
With the following that Ezio has built, it’s no wonder why this story line was picked for the new gen technology. The Ezio Collection is set for release on November 15th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which will include Assassin’s Creed 2, Brotherhood, and Revelations along with their expansion packs, Lineage, a 30-minute short film that elaborates on Ezio’s family before the events that take place in the game, and Embers, an animated epilogue to Revelations. However, the collection will not include the multiplayer modes that the previous games featured. This comes to no surprise as the multiplayer was a dud and was never really given the care that the main stories had.
In addition, all three of the games will have enhanced graphics. The Ezio Collection will cost $59.99, and include a coupon for up to $8 off a ticket to the film Assassin’s Creed arriving in theaters December 21st. A refresher for the new movie titled Assassin’s Creed, which is set to take place in the same time frame as Ezio’s tale, but will feature new characters. The Ezio Collection is available for pre-order now at a list of retailers on the Ubisoft site including GameStop and Amazon. So if you haven’t played these titles, you will want to. And if you have had the pleasure of experiencing Ezio’s grand performance the first time, you’ll get to continue that and more on advanced consoles.
Just in case you haven’t seen the trailer for the Assassin’s Creed movie, here it is!