When a series becomes both prolific and successful, it’s only a matter of time before the publishers start double-dipping into the retail releases. In a series of recent articles, we have covered the Mass Effect Trilogy from BioWare, an amalgam of the three games in the main series and most of the DLC content. Taking a page from their book, Ubisoft has confirmed that they intend to do the same thing with their flagship Assassin’s Creed series. Five games, endless critical acclaim and stellar sales have made the series one of the front-runners of this console generation, so having an anthology released seemed inevitable. While details are still a little hazy, this is shaping up to be a solid package that will likely entice many newcomers to finally delve into the series.
The Assasin’s Creed Anthology first game to light in a listing on the Amazon France website, which lists the price as €150 (just under $200 US) and the release date of November 29. 2012. There have been instances in the past where foreign retailers have leaked game details prior to being officially announced, and this is looking to be another one of those cases. Ubisoft has responded by confirming that the set is legitimate, however an official announcement will be made sometime within the next week.
The Assassin’s Creed Anthology will include the following games:
- Assassin’s Creed
- Assassin’s Creed II
- Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
- Assassin’s Creed III
It has also been reported that all of the DLC expansions, both for single-player and multiplayer, wil be included. The obvious exception would be Assassin’s Creed III, which is a new release and the DLC will be released long after this anthology has come out. Ubisoft is offering a season pass that will provide all of the DLC, however it has not been confirmed if this will be included here. Another extra that is being reported is five unique lithographs that correspond with each game. Expect all of the details, including platform availability, to be revealed in the upcoming announcement.
Like most collections of this kind, the target audience is newcomers, completests and those who have only played one or two games in the series. If you have purchased all of the games separately, the asking price of $200 is a bit steep, though it is unclear if the price quoted on Amazon France will hold true for North America. If you’re looking for a smaller sampling of the series, there is a Playstation 3-exclusive “Ezio Trilogy” coming out on November 13. This will contain Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood and Revelations. The MSRP for this package is $39.99.