AC: Brotherhood murders always-on DRM, stalks PC on March 22

Ubisoft has confirmed with Joystiq that the PC version of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood will be playable in offline single-player mode after an initial login, quelling fears that Brotherhood would employ the same restrictive DRM as Assassin's Creed 2. Additionally, the PC version of Brotherhood will arrive on March 22 (a few days later than the previously suggested date). You may want to use those few extra days to sharpen your cutlery and brush up on your Italiano -- or, like, go to the Olive Garden for dinner or something.

Ubisoft has also detailed the technical specifications (posted after the break) required to play Brotherhood on a PC, as well as two retail versions of the PC release: a standard edition for $50, which includes the two multiplayer updates and the Da Vinci Disappearance DLC; and a digital-only "Deluxe Edition" for $60 that adds two extra multiplayer characters, two single-player maps, an extra skin and "additional multimedia content."
%Gallery-117334% Assassins Creed Brotherhood PC Technical specs (via Ubisoft):

Minimum Configuration:
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHZ or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHZ
  • Video Card: Nvidia 7900 256 MB or ATI Radeon X1950 256 MB

Recommended Configuration:
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or better
  • Video Card: GeForce 8800 GT or ATI Radeon HD 4700 or better

Detailed version

Minimum Configuration:
  • SUPPORTED OS: Windows XP (32-64 bits) /Windows Vista (32-64 bits)/Windows 7 (32-64 bits)*
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHZ or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHZ
  • RAM: 1.5 GB Windows XP / 2 GB Windows Vista - Windows 7
  • Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9.0–compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (see supported list**)
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 –compliant sound card
  • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0
  • DVD-ROM: DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
  • Hard Drive Space: 8 GB
  • Peripherals Supported: Keyboard, mouse, optional controller

Recommended Configuration:
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or better
  • Video Card: GeForce 8800 GT or ATI Radeon HD 4700 or better
  • Sound: 5.1 sound card
  • Peripherals: Keyboard, mouse, joystick optional (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)

*This product does not support Windows 98/ME/2000/NT

**Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:
  • ATI RADEON X1950, HD 2000/3000/4000/5000 series
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7/8/9/100/200 series
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UBISOFT® ANNOUNCES SHIP DATE AND SPECS FOR ASSASSIN'S CREED® BROTHERHOOD ON PC

SAN FRANCISCO – FEBRUARY 22, 2011 – Today Ubisoft® announces specifications, details and ship date for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood on the PC. The critically acclaimed, multi-million unit selling Assassin's Creed Brotherhood will be available in North America on March 22, 2011 for the PC. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood is a worldwide production effort led by the Ubisoft Montreal Studio in collaboration with Ubisoft studios in Singapore, Bucharest, Québec City and Annecy.

The critically acclaimed single-player experience of Assassin's Creed is back and better than ever as Ezio returns in an epic struggle against the powerful Templar Order. Now a legendary Master Assassin, he must journey into Italy's greatest city, Rome, center of power, greed and corruption to strike at the heart of the enemy. Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire Brotherhood that will rally to his side. Only by working together can the Assassins defeat their mortal enemies.

And for the first time, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood offers a never-before-seen multiplayer layer. Players can help the Templars by using Abstergo to train in the art of Assassination to eliminate the Assassins once and for all. Players can choose from a wide range of unique characters, each with their own signature weapons and assassination techniques, and match their skills against other players from all over the world in different game modes.

Assassins Creed Brotherhood for the PC will be available at retail stores and for digital download in two different versions:

Standard: Main game + Abstergo Project Update 1.0 and 2.0 and The Da Vinci Disappearance: $49.99 [Retail and Digital]

Digital Deluxe Edition: Main game + Abstergo Project Update 1.0 and 2.0 and The Da Vinci Disappearance + 2 multi-player characters + 2 singleplayer maps + 1 skin + additional multimedia content: $59.99 [Digital Only]

Assassins Creed Brotherhood PC Technical specs:

Minimum Configuration:
Processor: Intel Core® 2 Duo 1.8 GHZ or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHZ
Video Card: Nvidia 7900 256 MB or ATI Radeon X1950 256 MB


Recommended Configuration:
Processor: Intel Core® 2 Duo E6700 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or better
Video Card: GeForce 8800 GT or ATI Radeon HD 4700 or better

Detailed version
Minimum Configuration:
SUPPORTED OS: Windows® XP (32-64 bits) /Windows Vista®(32-64 bits)/Windows 7® (32-64 bits)
Processor: Intel Core® 2 Duo 1.8 GHZ or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHZ
RAM: 1.5 GB Windows® XP / 2 GB Windows Vista® - Windows 7®
Video Card: 256 MB DirectX® 9.0–compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (see supported list)
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 –compliant sound card
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0
DVD-ROM: DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
Hard Drive Space: 8 GB
Peripherals Supported: Keyboard, mouse, optional controller

* This product does not support Windows® 98/ME/2000/NT

Recommended Configuration:
Processor: Intel Core® 2 Duo E6700 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or better
Video Card: GeForce 8800 GT or ATI Radeon HD 4700 or better
Sound: 5.1 sound card
Peripherals: Keyboard, mouse, joystick optional (Xbox 360® Controller for Windows recommended)

Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:
ATI® RADEON® X1950, HD 2000/3000/4000/5000 series
NVIDIA GeForce® 7/8/9/100/200 series

For more information on Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, please visit: http://www.assassinscreed.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.