In the first of a series of developer diaries for Assassin's Creed 2, Ubisoft Montreal team members delve into the backstory of Ezio -- the game's newest assassin. Originally from a family of wealth and opportunity, Ezio is pushed into a vengeful quest when his family is threatened by people they once called friends. Set against the backdrop of a 15th Century Italy, Ezio continues the original title's story of exploring the bloodline of Desmond -- a man in the modern world forced to jump into the bloodied shoes of his ancestors through the use of a machine known as the Animus.

We're walking into Assassin's Creed 2 with a lot of questions (namely, will it stay fresh between assassinations?), but we're excited to find out the answers. Sadly, we may have to wait much longer than we anticipated for some of our queries to be addressed.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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