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Assassin's Creed II for the Holidays

Ubisoft officially announces Assassin's Creed II, though the stealthy sequel has already been confirmed. The announcement is accompanied by a piece of AC2 character art and a teaser trailer which can be found on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell. Here's the announcement, which says to expect the game for the holiday season this year:

SAN FRANCISCO – April 16, 2009 – Today Ubisoft announced that Ubisoft Montreal is developing Assassin's Creed II on all current-generation platforms for a scheduled Holiday 2009 release. The initial installment of Assassin's Creed® was released in November 2007 to popular and critical success, selling 8 million copies worldwide and garnering awards such as Best Action Game 2007 from 1UP and Outstanding Achievement in Animation from the AIAS.

Assassin's Creed II is the product of over two years of intensive development by the original creative team behind the Assassin's Creed brand. In a vast open world environment, the game invites players to incarnate Ezio, a privileged young noble in Renaissance Italy who's been betrayed by the rival ruling families of Italy. Ezio's subsequent quest for vengeance plunges players into a captivating and epic story that offers more variety in missions, surprising and engaging new gameplay elements, diverse weapons and a profound character progression that will appeal to fans of the original Assassin's Creed as well as entice players new to the brand.

"Our creative team is working hard to top the experience of Assassin's Creed,” said Patrice Desilets, creative director at Ubisoft. "We've made improvements to every aspect of the game. We've plunged ourselves into the stunning history of the Italian Renaissance so that we can offer fans a unique, varied and innovative Assassin's Creed experience.”

Additional details on Assassin's Creed II are revealed in the May issue of Game Informer.

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7. Re: Assassin's Creed II for the Holidays Apr 17, 2009, 05:14 nofb
 
Well, when you set out to play AC (or something else from Ubisoft Montreal for that matter), you have to prepare yourself for a series of reboot anyway ;-)

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6. Re: Assassin's Creed II for the Holidays Apr 17, 2009, 05:07 Mostly_Harmless
 
I just hope they make it easier to quit out of the game in ACII, it was actually quicker to yank the power cord out of your PC and reboot than it was to get out of AC via the menus.

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5. Re: Assassin's Creed II for the Holidays Apr 17, 2009, 02:48 Cutter
 
I hope this game is actually fun. Never was there a game with so much potential that fell woefully short. Go to a new area. Climb a tower, leap off, fight some guards, lather, rinse, repeat. The first 30 minutes into the game was great. After that it was just painfully repetitive. The enviorments were beautiful, and the concept was great, the gameplay was just painfully repetitive and boring.
 
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4. Re: Assassin's Creed II for the Holidays Apr 17, 2009, 02:36 zirik
 
Where is Jade? Assassin is not the same without her pretty face.  
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3. Re: Assassin's Creed II for the Holidays Apr 16, 2009, 22:47 Tony!!!
 
The trailer was going good until he said, "this holiday, the assasins return'. Lame.  
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2. Re: Assassin's Creed II for the Holidays Apr 16, 2009, 22:42 StingingVelvet
 
It was announced as coming for PC in the same holiday period as for consoles, probably a week or two later, knowing Ubi.

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1. Re: Assassin's Creed II for the Holidays Apr 16, 2009, 22:37 Prez
 
I hope 1) That this sequel capitalizes on the amazing potential of the premise by improving on the original's shortcomings, and 2) is released on PC.  
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