Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood stabs PCs March 22, minus always-online DRM

PC edition of acclaimed action-adventure arrives on Windows systems next month--without a need for a constant Internet connection; system requirements inside.

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As was the case with Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will arrive on the PC several months after its console counterparts. Ubisoft has announced that the game is set to ship for Windows systems on March 22, roughly four months after it debuted to rapt reviews on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The system requirements for the PC version can be found below.

"No, you won't always have to be online to play Brotherhood."

One thing Brotherhood won't have is Assassin's Creed II's controversial digital rights management system, which required a constant online connection to play until earlier this year. "Ubisoft confirms that the PC version of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, after an initial login, will be playable offline in single-player mode," the company said in a statement provided to GameSpot.

Assassin's Creed II brought Ubisoft's signature action adventure series to Renaissance-era Italy with the introduction of protagonist Ezio. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood's single-player component sees Ezio assuming control of an assassin network, commanding the combined effort to rid Rome of its corruption and the Templar order.

In Brotherhood's multiplayer mode, players can align themselves with the pharmaceutical company Abstergo--which kidnapped the series' contemporary protagonist Desmond--and aid the Templar order. Players have a range of characters to choose from in multiplayer, each of which has signature weapons and assassination techniques. Brotherhood's online component also includes a variety of competitive modes.

For more on Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, read GameSpot's full review of the game, which has already shipped 6.5 million copies.

ASSASSIN'S CREED: BROTHERHOOD PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

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 2.4 GHZ
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)

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

Discussion

49 comments
Neil_Clancy
Neil_Clancy

Good work, Ubisoft. You've finally realized that alienating your loyal customers is a bad strategy. It's not as if your previous DRM scheme stopped pirating, software pirates will always crack any DRM you can come up with. Your best bet is to make great games that honest people like us will willingly pay for.

Sid_Spartan
Sid_Spartan

thank u ubisoft...now i shall buy this game cause there's no requirement for constant internet connection...i live in India and ubisoft must understand that India has got worst internet plans and worst performance too...the Indian telecom companies cheat people in the name of broadband and unlimited plans...Shame on Indian goverment..

Andreazz
Andreazz

The new DRM is a little bit more relaxed, but do not forget you still need an internet connection e-v-e-r-y single time you boot the game. For me that is not good enough. So I am very sorry to say I will not buy the game. I would have liked to ad AC 2 and 3 to my collection. For their ancient city architecture alone the AC series is one of my all time favorites.

poovannaorcbane
poovannaorcbane

whats ubisoft's logic of releasing the game so late after releasing it for effing consoles???? WTF!!!!!??? AC 2 and splinter cell conviction are the only good games ubisoft has released in the last 2 years (correct me if i am wrong), pull up ur socks ubisoft or EA/crytek/bioware/visceral and ACTIVISION/blizzard & THQ-ROCKSTAR are going to leave u way way way behind in the race

PRIMEGAMER
PRIMEGAMER

i am glad Ubisoft finally noticed the reality.this DRM lock is useless!!!

scorpgul
scorpgul

This will be pirated like hell I am sure

BloodMist
BloodMist

The only really smart thing Ubi has done in YEARS.Except for those HD remakes but even those are sort of pointless.

waseemred
waseemred

thats good, brilliant, now i can preorder it.

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

Gelugon_baat - I caught that too. Brotherhood is a no-go until I see how it really is after release -I didn't get ac2. Just the other day I bought the first one -new, physical disc in a store marked down under $10.

Altaireed
Altaireed

They forgot to say that we will get all the DLCs as well.

jollybest1
jollybest1

and i preorder it thank god that drm is allmoust gone ...ubisofttttttt i've played ac 2 and finished it pirated, i hope you learn something next time

hahamanin
hahamanin

man i didnt get it on my ps3 or 360......was looking forward to the pc version with the extra dlc but no

brok
brok

Bundle it with a DRM-less Assassin's Creed 2 and you'll have me.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

I already have it on PS3, but you know they should at least bundle the single player DLC into it for free, not having the online only DRM isn't a bonus, it's a right.

farzin0047
farzin0047

i cant waite why they delay to realise it ????????????????????????????????????????????

elitedeadman
elitedeadman

@sflowers539 you are a stupid sucker console nerd sir.

blue_francis14
blue_francis14

@dagrimmreepa Yeah... I saw a gameplay walkthrough video on youtube with AC2 running on a PC with max everything. You could see the difference even if the the video is just SD. I mean the light rays from the Vistazione is great compared to PS3.

riley3664
riley3664

great... now please release ac3 at the same time on all systems. i almost cried with relief when i found our mass effect 3 was doing that. now do it for ac3!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dagrimmreepa
dagrimmreepa

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dagrimmreepa
dagrimmreepa

I'm glad ACB won't have the DRM thing.. I was forced to get a crack for AC2 just to be able to play my legit copy on the go with my laptop (well, not "on the go", more like "not at home". That was ridiculous.

IdolConverge
IdolConverge

I wish every company would release all planned versions on the same day. Seems kinda unfair, but then I would come to realize that if that was the case, then we'd all have to wait even longer for this game, so never mind :S

Hm1911
Hm1911

Nice work Ubisoft! At last we can enjoy the game while playing it.

czdesigns
czdesigns

Yay! If only it could come a bit sooner. :D

wurdmann
wurdmann

I enjoyed this on the 360. I'll probably wait until Steam puts it on some crazy sale and pick it up on PC for the multiplayer.

draginudown
draginudown

if you think the graphics for the pc version is not much better, then go look at comparisions of pc versus x360 or ps3 cuz i have both and trust me when i say pc blows both consoles on stability, graphical draw distance and overall look, there is no comparison, only thing that ruins this match up is the release a few months later. But a game like this can be used on the pc with a 360 controller like i did for the previous two games. So the only thing is do you love the game to get the full experience and precision of a pc mouse versus a wait time of a controller, thats the only question

Bluescreenof
Bluescreenof

The PC has far far far better graphics than any console ;o. The story will always be the same. For example compare Bulletstorm or crysis 2 they are insane. Anything above a 8800 nvid or ati trounces eggbox and ps3. Controls are the same with a pad on pc also so not sure what you are talkinga bout.

Daian
Daian

@sflowers539 Lol, you do realize that while the current generation of consoles is getting older and older, hardware is getting better and better and therefore graphics and physics can be far superior to the dated 5 year old hardware the 360 and PS3 run on. The only thing that's holding PC games down are devs that choose/have to dumb down the controls and the visuals so they'll work right on that old hardware + a gamepad instead of a mouse... PS. Nothing is more accurate than mouse controls in games when the user controls the viewing angle. I think i actually giggled at your statement. PPS. If you prefer, there is nothing stopping you from using a controller on the PC version.

DeviLBringeRRR
DeviLBringeRRR

Good that means i will buy it and im going to have all of them next time try to release it a little earlier and im waiting for POP trylogy on PC or a new game

sflowers539
sflowers539

Does anyone really by games like this for a PC? A PC does not have way better graphics anymore then a home system, this game would be much more stable with way easier controls on a XBox or PS3, I understand buying PC exclusive games for the computer, but am surprised they even release games like this for the PC anymore.

payne6705
payne6705

WHAAAT a company actually listening to its fanbase about DRM?!?! what madness is this?

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

As far as I'm aware, the PS3 version has features not found on the other versions. As long as that's the case it's a no-buy for me.

XenoLair
XenoLair

I wonder why PC users have to wait 5 months after the consoles get it :/ Its a good game tough :) Been having lots of fun with it.

rahulkudva
rahulkudva

Would it kill them to release all console versions at the same time? Us PC-users are tired having to wait nearly a year for the PC version to drop. Please release AC3 for PC, XBox 360 and PS3 at the same time, or else... well, there's not much we can do about it, so pretty please, with icing on top?

erik1116
erik1116

Gotta admit though, as i finish AC2 right now, DRM aside, the game is so sweet. I also only payed 20 bucks for the game so that's a plus. Brotherhood, multiplayer. Can't wait.

hobotech64
hobotech64

I'll bet you still need a connection for verification, but it's nice to know your game won't be cut off due to a DDOS like what AC2 buyers deserved to get.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Funny how removing the DRM will probably cause less piracy, considering the amount of people who pirated out of hatred for Ubisoft :D

bignick217
bignick217

It's about damn time they got a clue and finally removed the always connected DRM. If this remains true for their other games as well I think I'll have to reconsider my position on the Ubisoft boycott. If they are removing the always connected DRM from their other games as well, then I'm sure I'll start buying Ubisoft games again. Although I'm still unsure if they require me to login everytime I play. I may still have to stick to my guns on this... But time will tell how this plays out and how I respond to it.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Good job taking out that DRM Ubi. I, of course, already have all the AC games for PS3, but if I didn't you bet your sweet bippy I'd get it on PC now.

badboy_122
badboy_122

smart move by removing the ridiculous DRM :)

mrmime777
mrmime777

Aww thanks guys, nice to get shown some PC love from someone besides Blizzard or Creative Assembly. I could talk about how awful a PR decision the PC version of AC2 was, but that's been done to death already - and hey, never too late to turn over a new leaf. You get my moneys now, Ubisoft.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

I'm a fan of companies admitting when they're wrong. But I'm still simmering over this. It was easily one of the most insulting DRM schemes ever made, and it's going to be a while before I can forgive Ubisoft.

PseudoElite
PseudoElite

Well only took them 5 years but they finally figured out the horrible DRM does nothing to stop cheating and just makes it a nightmare for paying customers.

DrMatta
DrMatta

Sorry, no Ubisoft titles here anymore.

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

At last some common sense from Ubisoft. As a Steam user, I never understood why they use additional DRM... Stop punishing legitimate buyers due to other people stealing games.

Rocker6
Rocker6

Well,Im sad it delayed for half a month,but at least it wont have that dreadfull DRM.