Assassin's Creed II slays DS Nov. 17, not on PC 'til '10

Spin-off installment in Ubisoft's stealth action franchise sees Ezio grappling with Spanish Inquisition; desktop edition bumped to next year on quality concerns.

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About this time last month, the Entertainment Software Rating Board slipped word of a Nintendo DS installment in Ubisoft's highly anticipated stealth action game Assassin's Creed II. Today, Ubisoft made the game official, saying Assassin's Creed II: Discovery for the DS and DSi would join the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions of the game on store shelves November 17. An unrelated PSP edition of the game, titled Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines, will arrive on the same day.

One ticket to Spain, please!

Though the console and DS editions of Assassin's Creed II will share a protagonist, Nintendo's installment tells a spin-off story, in which Ezio travels to Spain to rescue a fraternal brother held by the Spanish Inquisition. Whereas the tepidly received original Assassin's Creed DS was created by Gameloft, a company Ubisoft divested itself of in 2007, Assassin's Creed II: Discovery is in development at Griptonite Games, a Foundation 9 studio.

Ezio's side-scrolling adventure will see him squaring off against Templars, as well as platforming through various Spanish locales. DSi owners will have the added perk of being able to plaster photographs of themselves on "Wanted!" posters found throughout the game.

In related Assassin's Creed II news, Ubisoft has announced through its Twitter feed that the PC edition will not be joining its console brethren on November 17. Instead, the publisher has opted to delay the PC edition to the first quarter of 2010, in order to allow for "a bit more time for the dev team to deliver the best quality game to you."

Notably, the original Assassin's Creed on the PC, which saw release nearly five months after the console editions, sparked a lawsuit in 2008. Ubisoft's claim stemmed from allegations that an employee at the company charged with reproducing Assassin's Creed's disc had leaked the game online a full six weeks before it was to be released at retail. Ubisoft claimed that the leaked edition of the game was downloaded more than 700,000 times, costing the publisher millions of dollars.

Discussion

131 comments
invictuslemming
invictuslemming

Still worth getting over the console versions, this is the type of game that deserves every ounce of graphics power you can pump into it. Playing this at 720p with most of the shaders and AA turned off (IE on the consoles) seems like a waste.

Vicsporche
Vicsporche

All PC gamers just understand and be used to games being pushed back, and frankly I'm glad, I like to see companies take more time on developing games for the PC due to the fact that it harnesses greater potential then consoles. Who knows they may even make it more keyboard friendly unlike the first one!

rising_hatred
rising_hatred

im sure they will make some new features and areas/missions for the pc version, but damn that sux i wanna play this already. Oh and forsure the graphics from my bfg gtx 280oc will make this game look awsome, and better than console versions (not to hate, but we have to wait to get a better quality game, im sure it'll be worth it)

silverborg13
silverborg13

well the year is ruined... i was actually shocked seeing it to be released on november, now that it's a month away they STILL MOVED it... why can't they just give off patches after the game is released so they can tell what we gamers wanted and report bugs or technical errors in game, not wait 1st qtr of 2010 just to try it... not really aiming for COD4 - 2 or L4D2 but this one... and not it's move.. i should be expecting that Starcraft be released eariler this 2010 as well as D3... why do they have to make a different story for the DS? why can't they make the Game on the PC way better than the console? they made the game on a computer or using a computer why not make it better on a COMPUTER... CONSOLE can't make games JUST PLAY GAMES... PC CAN do a lot more than just improved graphics...

ThanassisV
ThanassisV

I cant believe it. I was waiting for so many games this year and they all pushed them to 2010 with some stupid excuses !!

awais2005
awais2005

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zeusmutu
zeusmutu

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rkhalliday
rkhalliday

11100000000000000000000000000000000000000000 times better the AC 1 2 3 for ds

david1233
david1233

i'll probably pick this up if i buy a DS

GhoX
GhoX

I guess we are once again encouraged not to preorder games, even those with an announced release date. Do you know: economically the longer the pre-order period is, the more you lose. Basically when you pre-order the game, you are lending the money to the retailer until the game releases, interest free. My guess is the PC version of AC2 will leak onto the internet soon after the release of the Xbox/PS3 versions, forcing the publisher moving forward the release date while losing, once again, a summable amount of money.

saxophonymartia
saxophonymartia

WOW...i JUST preordered this from Gamestop for PC. We better get some extra missions or maps for the PC. I hope MW2 doesnt delay for PC, otherwise I'm gonna go mad. By the way, @Prodigy220, a good PC is way more powerful than the consoles. The graphics can be upgraded depending on the GPU and like rkelly1 said, console games are MADE on PC. Using a controller for PC just makes PC more versatile. The only reason Ubisoft delays PC is so they get ppl to buy consoles so they can make money. I mean honestly, who tells ppl that their game for PC is delayed with only a month before the release date. The game is long finished. Just another marketing strategy.

rkelly1
rkelly1

@ShawBrothers UT3 on ps3 is they only console game this gen that supports mods but you need a pc to make the mods which means you need the PC version of UT3.

rkelly1
rkelly1

@crackers24 false. console games are made on pcs. they cant make character models on consoles since consoles cant use 3DSMAX.

rkelly1
rkelly1

@ aznboyeeee decent specs you got. i got a core i7 920, 6gb of ram, and a 4870x2 and will eventually upgrade to a 5870x2 even though my my 4870x2 is good enough for most games.

rkelly1
rkelly1

@Prodigy220 but if you want the best graphics you need a pc. also there maybe a possibility that mods will come out for the game in the future.

Prodigy220
Prodigy220

Who cares if its delayed for the PC, most of the people on here say they're going to use controllers for this game, if thats the case just get it for a console and stop complaining. If you need a controller to play the game, you need a gaming console.

Solar_Arc
Solar_Arc

LOL Revan:P But yeah this just means the system requirements will be higher when if comes out for PC ....*sigh* guess I'm getting it for 360

Terdog
Terdog

What the hell? PC version doesn't get released till 2010 so they can a bit more time for the dev team to deliver the best quality game to you.". What a lie. Only reason they are not bringing it to pC on the 17th is one reason, make their money on the console first, screw the PC users. I swear, we better get some FREE content, or else. I am sick and tired of this bait and swtich tatics

senseless_dj
senseless_dj

damn.not another six months...!btw,im gonna use my controller 4 this game im my pc,cos this game playes better in cntrolr.

SimbioteSpidey
SimbioteSpidey

first of all computers are for working not for gaming thats why thirs gaming consoles.

Revan_911
Revan_911

DU U ALWAYZ TLK LIK TIS STRIKER?

Striker9876
Striker9876

Heh, lets hope the wait for pc version will be well worth it. I somewhat agree keyboard & mouse will be slightly awkward but thats why i bought a 360 controller for my pc :] Graphics should be pretty awesome and worth the wait to get the pc version + having a 32in lcd tv for a monitor = ^_^

Adziboy
Adziboy

@Jim60360: " using a keyboard and mouse to play games sucks!!!!!!! i dont care wat you say it sucks, plus im pretty sure it makes you a geek!! you need a leather sofa a nice big flatscreen tv and a nice 360 controller because lets face it ps3 controllers suck, they feel like a cheap childs toy!! " Are you... joking?

aznboyeeee
aznboyeeee

@EVERYONE!: These are the specifications of my new computer i just built. AMD athlon 64 x2 5200+ 2.7ghz 4 GB of RAM 9800 GT (with an HDMI port so u can plug and play it on the HDTV) i made this computer based off the "Recommended" system requirements for the first assassins creed, and every game works flawlessly on it, including Crysis. and it didnt cost much, just wanted to let it out there. this computer will last me for a while, and also thinking that assassins creed is said to be the most powerful game in the world right now "it doesnt beat crysis graphics" but over all, its the most powerful. also think about why KONAMI choose to use the assassins creed engine to create a highly successful game called "Metal Gear Solid 4". sick stuff. Having atleast these specifications in ur computer, for a low price, will last you for so long.

general_helix
general_helix

There making an AC2 spin off for the DS/DSi? The first didn't do too hot, did it? Sigh.

DJCartmell
DJCartmell

I'm a huge, huge fan of AC (Assasin's Creed) justifying why every one should steer clear of the Wii (which I'm happy to have got rid of thank God!). My only concern is the gameplay being repetitive in parts when I first played AC this was in my eyes that plagued it a bit. One thing I'd love to see them try is online competitive where users try racing eachother to the assasination target or assasinate eachother now thats an idea for the developers for AC3 lol!

filaria
filaria

ill be damned if the game turns out to be a bugged console port in any way after this delay over quality concerns....

lucfonzy
lucfonzy

@ Jim60360 There are these things called USB controllers.. you might have heard of them? Yeah you plug them into your pc.. wow i know right?

Jim60360
Jim60360

using a keyboard and mouse to play games sucks!!!!!!! i dont care wat you say it sucks, plus im pretty sure it makes you a geek!! you need a leather sofa a nice big flatscreen tv and a nice 360 controller because lets face it ps3 controllers suck, they feel like a cheap childs toy!!

darkmask1991
darkmask1991

@ thisisreallybor: Crysis had a single player demo before its release. Why didnt you try that?

DFen
DFen

well pc will always be the more superior one but really microsoft shouldnt even make any xbox's sh** there so called "exclusives" happen to be on pc anyway lol lets see gears of war umm halo I guess pc games lol

thisisreallybor
thisisreallybor

i'm not trying to spam, but i needed to quote PC imaidiot:::::: "But to each his own, and the more gamers out there the better, no matter what they prefer!" SO TRUE. WELL PUT. i am just listing below why it's actually less expensive for a computer. but srsly, more gamers the better.

thisisreallybor
thisisreallybor

and to the argument 2 comments below:::::::::::: xbox 300$ ok fine::: controllers 100$ (2 controllers)::: xbox live 100$ (for 2 years)::: map packs REQUIRED for halo MP (eg.) 50$::: console games +10$ more per game, 5 games = 50$ more::: Xbox 360 = $600 cost (and DONT claim the prices now on elites, bc YOU KNOW you paid more for your box back in the day)::::::::::::::: A PC that's better than Xbox + PS3 combined = $500. :::::::::::::::::::: do the math

Weddum
Weddum

Translating - "We are delaying the PC version because we want to bait PC gamers into buying the console version instead". Quality concerns my hat. Developers have been pulling this stupid crap ever since gaming became just another form of media to suck money from. If it really is just "quality concerns" though, then it goes to show Ubisoft's skill as a developer that they can't even develop on a platform efficiently thats older than current gen consoles.

thisisreallybor
thisisreallybor

if games don't release demos on PC, it's the publishers fault for illegal downloads. HOW DO I KNOW IF A GAME WORKS on my computer before i buy it?! i bought crysis thinking i had a sweet machine on release day, and after 3 upgrades i still can't get above 30 fps. won't make the same mistake again

PCFreakPC
PCFreakPC

@imaidiot Exactley, i agree totally. It might of souded like i was dissing all consoles and only likeing PC but really, im middle ground, like you said. What fits for you, great :) and i agree in someplaces a console is better, like you said, no matter what you have you can play it on that console but with a PC, you might not have good enough drivers or graphics or something. Also consoles are on a TV so unless you have your PC hooked up[ to a TV or you have like a massive screen, consoles have bigger screens. I mean come on, i have a wii and love it... cant diss um all :)

aznboyeeee
aznboyeeee

@Bashers79 actually, upgrading a pc is way more affordable if u go by statistics and not opinions. I built a computer in 2002 and that computer lasted til this day, and it was only 300$ to make it! people in the scene in building computers understand that its hecka affordable after having the knowledge. u can build a computer that can last for 10 years or more for only 400$ or more, depending on how power crazy the person is. anyways, computers can last for about 10 or more years, but platform system last for what? 4-6 years, or maybe sumthin like dreamcast, 1-2 years? if ur thinking about it, ur spending as much or more money on platformers trying to stay on top of the generation. as generation and generation go by, u will be spending too much money on something that can be done on a simple upgrade on the computer. new upgrades on a computer can be 50$ to 100$ in every new gen. a new gen system will (obviously) be around 200$ to 300$ or more (who knows about next gen) computers parts are hella cheap, and they get cheaper every month, while platforms get cheaper every year or so.

imaidiot
imaidiot

@PCFreakPC You are right about the PC having better graphics on some games, but that is if you can afford it (and I can't). I prefer console games because any game i put in the machine will work perfectly and look great...720 and 1080p is perfect for me. And for control...I prefer a controller because my wrist can't handle the mouse and keyboard. But to each his own, and the more gamers out there the better, no matter what they prefer!

snake289
snake289

"Instead, the publisher has opted to delay the PC edition to the first quarter of 2010, in order to allow for "a bit more time for the dev team to deliver the best quality game to you."" More like delay it for anti-piracy spam put into it right?

seangames
seangames

What the hell is wrong with the hate towards PC? Different people prefer different gaming styles. PC has many advantages, and consoles have many advantages as well. To try and convince people otherwise only encourages arguments... And to the PC gamers who pirate their games: Get a job and buy games you bums. Developers would be more inclined to develop PC versions in time with the console versions if they had your support!!!

INVADUR
INVADUR

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PCFreakPC
PCFreakPC

Yep, its been delayed to the begining of 2010. They're trying this crap again to buy the console game just because they prefer it. I hate console favoritism... Well, im waiting for the pc version anyway. 2 months cant stop me from an amazing attention to detail, grafics, and control. So suck it ubisoft... your little console games wont cut it for me... and i will continue to defend the PC because it is entirley worth it. as noted above, supereor graphics, detail, and control.... ummm need i say more?

tony2077ca
tony2077ca

i plan to rent the 360 version well maybe i'm not sure yet and stop defending the pc its not worth it

HiroArka
HiroArka

I am getting this for ps3 so a PC delay doesn't bother me.