Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Updated Impressions

Ubisoft Montreal made the trip halfway around the world to show off a new demo of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and we went behind closed doors to check it out.

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Assassin's Creed 2 was a commercial and critical smash last year, and Ubisoft is making the most of its biggest franchise with another release in 2010. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will see stealthy renaissance man Ezio receiving help from a band of fellow assassins, whom he can direct to perform kills on his behalf. We got a look at a new portion of the single-player game at Gamescom 2010 to see how this squad management feature will work.

The demo opened up with a look at Rome, with Ezio perched on a ledge overlooking the city's famous Colosseum. From there, he jumped down onto a horse, dispatching its owner and taking control of the steed in one swift movement. We then watched as the development team demonstrated how to call in assassination support to take out some guards. With two enemies targeted, Ezio was able to bring in two blade-equipped killers to dispatch the guards, which used up one block or "token" from a two-token bar at the top of the screen. This bar means that support is a resource that needs to be carefully managed, but it replenishes automatically over time.

Riding into a new location, Ezio noticed a citizen who was being harangued by a set of government officials. He had the option to help the innocent person out, which he took, again calling in support to take out the threat. The victim was so overwhelmed by this act that he offered to join the brotherhood. He started out as a lowly level-one member of the guild, but you can build him up over time, just like the other members of your team.

Players of Assassin's Creed 2 should remember the pigeon coops, but in Brotherhood they'll serve a real purpose--you'll use the birds to communicate remotely and take on missions abroad. We were shown a map screen that displayed most of Europe, with assassination opportunities available in each major city. Ezio chose to send his recruit on a simple mission from Moscow, with the assassin's chance of success displayed at the top of the screen. The emphasis has been to bring asset management seamlessly into the game, rather than separately in the villa as it was in AC2.

While these side missions will be optional in the game, we got to see a main storyline assassination during our demo as well. Ezio was sent in to kill a commander in charge of a small group of soldiers. It was a relatively easy task to perform the kill, and with the leader dispatched, the remaining men dispersed quickly from the scene. The last step was to burn the commander's tower to the ground, letting the public know that area of Rome had been liberated.

Our demo also revealed lots of other cool new details about the game. Ezio is equipped with a parachute, which was given to him by Leonardo da Vinci in order to quietly descend from high places. For those who tread beyond the beaten path, there will also be 101 Borgia flags to collect in the game. Most interesting, though, was the revelation from producer Vincent Pontbriand that the campaign structure is "not exactly the same as it was in AC2" and that the team will be "showing a little bit more of the present" in reference to Desmond's story.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will launch on November 16 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with a PC release to follow sometime thereafter. Pontbriand says to expect a "15-hour-plus experience," so to prepare yourself, be sure to read the rest of GameSpot's in-depth coverage of the game so far.

Discussion

127 comments
k0k066
k0k066

@superdude now u will be able to buy maps for feathers and flags -.-

Conduras
Conduras

so the lamers from Ubisoft are delaying it 3 months on PC ? this is a game i will enjoy downloading rather than buying .

ishan316
ishan316

Assassin's Creed 2 was the best game I played in 2009... And from the looks of it, Brotherhood will be the best game I'll play this year!

AmoNPhegoR
AmoNPhegoR

This Game Rocks!!! I cant Wait to play.... Ezio Is now A master Assassin Ehh??!!!

ash2197
ash2197

Bye the way you dont have to be old to know the olden days. I bought my first a console(NES) when I was ten(dont ask me how I got one) and then a ps1 when I was 12... and now I have my xbox 360(I'm thirteen). LONG LIVE 2D MARIO!!!

ash2197
ash2197

People may hate this but in the credits for AC2 I enjoyed using 1 hidden blade much more than using 2... I guess I like the brutality desmond has with his hidden blade more than the finesse that ezio uses with his hidden blades.

Supperdude9
Supperdude9

When I read "101 Flags" I couldn't help but cringe from the memories of AC1.

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

15 hour single player, really in-depth and innovative multiplayer concept, awsome storyline, amazing and innovative gameplay, fantastic audio and voice overs, and really lovable characters. No wonder Ubisoft loves this franchise so much. Glad my pre-order is already 100% synchronized!

10matt1995
10matt1995

Awesome, i just hope it isn't repetitive.

rancor_
rancor_

@i_am_snake A 15 hour DLC? With multiplayer?...

i_am_snake
i_am_snake

I feel that this game is only a DLC. I really want an Assassin's Creed 3.

togothian
togothian

@titan_assassin, thanks your probaly right, its just ive always liked how ass creed is based in areas games dont usually visit, but im show modern would still work

titan_assassin
titan_assassin

@togothian, you do realise that all evidence says the next assassins creed will be modern times, because it'll be desmonds story after getting ezios abilities. altho i agree, victorian london would be sweet as.

Drakan11
Drakan11

@freaknizzle If it helps you sleep at night to believe they suck, then by all means. The majority of users and critics completely disagree though. Too bad for you.

freaknizzle
freaknizzle

@Drakan11 It is because those games SUCK! Plus, the Xbox 360 has a higher pixel core processor (better graphics). Don't bother arguing i never check my inbox.

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

@daltonhouse33 The i in 1080 means interlaced. 1080i is worse than 720p.

Drakan11
Drakan11

mikees1.....I own both and 360 is collecting dust. That waste of space can't play Infamous, MAG, Uncharted, Resistance, Killzone 2, MGS 4, Little Big Planet, God of War III, Heavy Rain, Demons Souls.....so why bother even having it.

khoofia_pika
khoofia_pika

How awesome would it be if the next Assassin's Creed was set in India? :o

jakey46
jakey46

It would be awesome if they did the next one in ancient japanese times. THIS GAME IS AWESOME :)

mikees1
mikees1

GunGriffin....I gave you a thumbs up on your comment because it seems the PS3 fanboys really object to you doing nothing more than telling the truth. You are absolutly correct though in your assesment. I own both, but with the exception of MAG and occasionaly SOCOM my 360 is used way more than the ps3. I expected so much more from my ps3, i shunned the 360 and waited the extra year to get a ps3 on its release, i need not have bothered though as it was such a let down.I actually traded it in after a few months for a 360 elite and have not looked back since.I picked up a second hand PS3 about 6 months ago so i could play MAG and heavy rain, after i beat Heavy Rain, it became redundant though (with the exception of the two games above which i play occasionaly).I could quite easily live with out my PS3, not the 360 though.Yes it may on paper be a touch more powerfull than a 360 but its is not £75-100 more powerful.Graphicaly i have to look very hard to see where this so called extra power actually comes into effect.Sorry PS3 brigade but the 360 is miles ahead.With exclusive titles, better online (yes you have to pay, but that price means that i get a trouble free conection and uninterupted online play) the 360 is the complete package the ps3 should have been!

togothian
togothian

Im fed up of people thinking this is ass creed 3! its better then that, is ass creed 2 part b (kind of), wich means there will be another one and it will be set in a diff time. (hopefully victorian london that would awsome and smoggy)

marvel456
marvel456

I think on the pc version ubisoft is putting DRM AGAIN!

daltonhouse33
daltonhouse33

@GunGriffin ps34 had way better graphics and you can use 1080i on ps3 too i use it all the time

daltonhouse33
daltonhouse33

@AlbionsGreatest ok guns where invented during this time so why would it matter if he had a modified gun ? and the parishut will help in the game and if some 1 could make a flying machene which lenardo davinci did he could make a parachute to and its not realy like batman and u would think you would use all the advanteges you could

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Sadly with EA and Ubisoft playing nice for the PS3 though they may still end up sucking on that platform, regardless of how much work they do it seems third party developers always end up cutting graphics, detail, and performance on the PS3. It's times like this I remember why I bought the new Xbox360 S All I need to do to beat a PS3 is install the game to my 250GB HDD and I get a massive performance boost that the PS3 can never get, plus I can upscale my games to 1080p so they all look great, and still perform better on my Xbox.

humerman123
humerman123

I failed my first year in college and now they want me to fail my second stop releasing assassins creed games their too awesome i dont want to fail

hotrob2020
hotrob2020

the 2 was awesome and I hope the 3 well be too

davidoats2
davidoats2

There's a Assassins Creed 3 now. The other two were very good and made great reviews the third should too.

eelnarruc
eelnarruc

still got the drm?then ubisoft can shove it.

narutoson666
narutoson666

@AlbionsGreates Batman would make the perfect assassin

AlbionsGreatest
AlbionsGreatest

I can't wait to play some more as Desmond... I felt like AC 2 kind of with-held gameplay as Desmond, Also the 'parachute' in this seems like a bit much doesn't it. I mean, Altair was a little under equip but for that time it seemed okay. Then came Ezio where by the time we got to the hidden-gun I just thought "Your taking it a little too far, don't you think Ubisoft?" but overall he had a perfect arsenal for an assassin. Now we get a parachute and an even faster, better hidden-gun and more... they seem to be turning Ezio into more of a 'Batman' type hero then an assassin...

elnumbre
elnumbre

Can't wait for this game! I think AC2 is one of the most involving games i've played in a while and i loved how cinematic the storyline was, cool ending too. Definately looking forward to more action as Desmond.

DragonKeeper
DragonKeeper

I love how people pay absolutely NO ATTENTION to the game when its actually explaining things. For instance why Altair spoke more of modern day english or why with Ezio, italian words slipped in here and there. In AC 1 Lucy explained that so it was easier for Desmond to understand the accents, the Animus translated the language to a more modern day english accent. In AC 2, can't remember completely, but it was either Lucy or Rebecca that explained that the Animus 2.0 had some bugs or glitches where Italian words slipped in here and there. Next time people...PAY ATTENTION.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Thought AC2 was great and I'm looking forward to this one.

ram_rob
ram_rob

peterfaj you can play in italian only if you wish (does no one check options). its mostly in english for ease of use. i agree with your comment on DRM though damn them however they are also making a new game called From Dust which i am excited about. and just be more flexible with the whole desmond thing, its actually a clever idea which explains the whole overarching war. *EDIT" why cant you reply to other people

peterfaj
peterfaj

The Ubisoft designers are OK, they make some good games. I really enjoyed both AC games, but their management is evil. they delayed AC2 for PC just so they could put an evil and restricting DRM in it.

peterfaj
peterfaj

What I don't like about AC is Desmond's connection with his ancestor. It doesn't really make sense. You have free will when playing and other present assassins even help you with information, so Desmond kind of "plays" his ancestors (Matrix-esque), which doesn't make much sense. Desmond might have to do everything like Ezio, hence synchronization, but it still doesn't make much sense. Yet in some sequences it looks like he's just watching his ancestors do what they want. And other Animus related things are weird too, like why do people in AC2 speak English except for some simple Italian words. Other than that, they're both great games.

TheReaper180
TheReaper180

I wonder how the modern storyline will play out in this one or if they're focusing almost solely on the past's story.

yourule41
yourule41

I hope this is better than the 2nd, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE FIRST and played it till it broke, but for AC2, I got sick of it after I beat it, it still was an amazing game though too. It was just a bit of a disappointment I AM NOT SAYING ITS BAD IT WAS GREAT JUST NOT AS GOOD AS EXPECTED!

RavensCall444
RavensCall444

Eh....if this plays the exact same way the first two did ill probably just wait till i can get it used for say....20 maybe 30$ I mean its a cool engine and all but as im hoping across the city i feel the strong urge to press a bunch of buttons and see if a web flys out of his wrist......honestly id rather see a new spider man game come out, for a comic/movie based game its actually really fun.

TristanH12
TristanH12

15 hours plus story is a major selling point

Cowboy465
Cowboy465

Nice game. Would've been a little more anticipated if they did AC 3 instead of this one, in a new setting with the same comrade controlling mechanics and multiplayer.

Skargamer
Skargamer

There are a LOT of awesome games releasing in November...even the motion controller revolution is taking off in that month too...this is one heck of a year for gaming that's for sure!

moundye
moundye

ergggh, I want to know what is going on with desmond, they haven't explained much about him or the plot. I really hope they have more gameplay in this game. (I love the credits for assassins creed 2, you get to play as desmond, so much fun)

DrMatta
DrMatta

@mwmars Wait, wait, wait. So just because i don't like the Assassins Creed series, i can't appreciate modern games? I don't even..

tripleXgamer
tripleXgamer

COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL i cant wait till november comes this game is gota be huge. 1 of the best new features is that u can control ur comrades.