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'Assassin's Creed: Ezio Collection' clambers to PS4, Xbox One

Will you buy it when 'Assassin's Creed 2' is already backward compatible, though?

Timothy J. Seppala, Engadget

The rumors are true: To make up for a mainline Assassin's Creed skipping this year, Ubisoft is putting the best entries in the series into one package. Again. Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection brings Assassin's Creed 2, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and the story's finale, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this November 15th. A post on the Ubiblog says that these are the single player campaigns and add-on packs only -- none of the multiplayer that started with Brotherhood will be present here. That's because the developer-publisher believes the "most polished and fully featured version" of the mode already exists in the form of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag's online offering, originally released in 2013.

Back in 2012, Ubisoft did something similar to this and sold the Assassin's Creed: Ezio Trilogy as a PlayStation 3 exclusive. The difference now is it looks like we're getting the PC versions of charming Italian assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze's adventures running at maxed out settings, to take advantage of current-gen console hardware. That's contrary to original versions of the games in a new box like last time.

The Ezio Collection isn't a bad move, but hopefully there are some clear benefits to re-buying these games when the series' absolute highpoint, 2009's Assassin's Creed 2, is backward compatible on Xbox One. Aside from a discounted movie ticket and a few videos that bookend the narrative, that is. Check out the video below to see if the improvements are worth your cash.

What's most curious is that Ubisoft is repeating history and releasing the game the same day as one of its extremely high-profile titles. This time out it's Watch Dogs 2. In 2011, the fantastic Rayman Origins was sent to die against Assassin's Creed Revelations on a very familiar date: November 15th. Nothing like competing against yourself, huh, Ubisoft?