Assassin's Creed Renaissance sneaks into US

Novelization of Ubisoft's blockbuster game sequel chronicling the vengeance of Ezio Auditore da Firenze gets a domestic launch.

Games being adapted to novels is increasingly losing its novelty. Halo, Gears of War, The Elder Scrolls, and Dragon Age are just a handful of the popular franchises to receive a literary adjustment in recent years. Assassin's Creed can be added to that list, as Ubisoft and Ace Books have published Assassin's Creed Renaissance in North America.

Ezio feels the need...the need to read!

Already available in the UK, the book follows Ezio Auditore da Firenze, the star of Assassin's Creed II, and the path of dead bodies in his wake as he pursues vengeance in 15th-century Italy. While it is built around the events of the game, it also fleshes out more of the story beyond last year’s Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 release.

The paperback is available now for $9.99, or as an Amazon Kindle download for $7.99. For more on Assassin's Creed II, check out GameSpot's full review.

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Gammet25
Gammet25

i dont mind those game into novel things. Gets gamers to read more and increase their vocabulary. ^^

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

Hopefully it expands and explains the...*cough*..*cough*...(ending)...a bit.

BreakingSpecter
BreakingSpecter

Well im a fan of the Halo books so maybe ill take a look at this.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Reading these days is great, with authors like Jim Butcher, Dan Abnett, Robert Jordan, and Karen Travis (well, until Lucas Arts screwed up the Mando's). I don't know how people can not read. Pickup some of the Warhammer, and Warhammer 40k novels (i'm not just talking Dawn of War). Dresden Files are a hoot and getting better. We will also, finally see the end of the Wheel of Time series over the next two years. Even, the Halo novels aren't too bad (definitely better then the games) for novels based off games.

koolr
koolr

ac creed 2.5

stevkh5
stevkh5

If this is what it takes to get people to read these days then so be it.

koolr
koolr

DOes this book also have the same DRM?

Trogeton
Trogeton

whoa looks amazing and fun

FaintRain
FaintRain

@athenian29 ha ha ha i was in hurry so i forgot the er and about reading it's not so hard i just get sleepy or bored when reading that's all

granderizer
granderizer

HAHA i got this book a month ago how could it have not been released yet

kikitube
kikitube

I wish I could buy that. They wouldn't showed up in my country though.

athenian29
athenian29

@FaintRain You not a read no way you're? Maybe if you harder trying. :lol: Seriously, what's so hard about reading? And what's so bad about it? You need it to browse the web! It's important! And people who say there's nothing interesting out there clearly haven't looked. I'm not even going to bother with people who say books are *expletives*. They're hopeless.

FaintRain
FaintRain

i'm not a read no way i'm,but if it's AC then i'll become one

Valjanek
Valjanek

Interesting... I think I'll go and check it out. :)

digital_reaver
digital_reaver

sometimes books based on games can be pretty good. I really enjoyed the warcraft novel "Lord of the clans". Even the Starcraft and Diablo books were good reads, especially "Speed of Darkness"! So i picked this up about a month back. Haven't read it yet - I have a few others to get through yet. Hopefully its a good read!

df-1
df-1

soilworker apparently you have NO idea what your talking about.. warcraft has more story then most games out there.. go play WC3/tft and you'll see. Also WOW carries on with the story of TFT, just another basher that has no friggin idea about what his saying.

2point5RSman
2point5RSman

I liked the splinter cell books. Ghost recon was meh, @ vicsrealms Comment of the year right there bud.

brymaw
brymaw

soilworker warhammer online is based of a miniature battle game that FOCUSES on story

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Hmm, does the book require you to be logged on to the internet to read it too?

Soilworker1234
Soilworker1234

Books are always better, the only games you don't really need to read the book for are MMO's. Games like Warhammer and WoW, just play the game, it's an MMO.

Blak_Pygmalian
Blak_Pygmalian

@zameen Ever heard of punctuation? You should try to use it sometime, it might make your mess of a sentence into a paragraph that actually makes sense.

zameen
zameen

I read the book too be honest I would say that you shouldnt buy the book why?? because almost 3/4 of the book I could predict the dialogues or Ezio's actions in the book only about 1/4 of the book is well entirely new Guys dnt waste ur money but instead buy the DLC for AC2 and u get urself a complete book with excellent voice graphics and story cheers Requiscat de Pace :P love that dialogue after every assassin

solidniko
solidniko

hope this is good i loved ac2 but i dont feel like playing it again when i have many other games to play this book would be good to go back into more ac2

Montrovant1488
Montrovant1488

About time, ubisoft is lagging far too much from Bioware, which almost always novelize their games (ME. DA:O), and about time an AC book came out, since Ubisoft canceled the release of "Imam" (first AC book based on Altair) hopefully this will redeem them. It's also good to expand the in-game universe beyond the console.

feliscele
feliscele

Novelizations of ANYTHING are generally completely horrible. I'll pass this one up and just play the damn game.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

It's hilarious how almost every comment on here is being thumbed down. I feel like people are just trolling this site now in any way they can. From what I've read of the book, it's someone else's view on both titles stories and is a sad attempt at reproducing something great. They really should have spent more time writing the book and maybe, just maybe, something good could have come of it.

humanoid555
humanoid555

@ Sepewrath I totally agree with you. Milking a franchise would be the developer intentionally omitting large parts of the game and later releasing them as broken DLC. Oh wait...

manga777
manga777

Love books and Games but they don't go together. The only reason I bought the MGS ones is because I don't have the games and while it is a good game the book stunk. read a real book

Transparanoia
Transparanoia

The only video game books which I've finished and enjoyed are the Dragon Age books. Despite some annoying grammatical errors in The Stolen Throne, they were both good reads and really add something to the game's universe. I wasn't surprised that they were good, considering they were written by David Gaider, the lead writer of Origins.

thrasher510
thrasher510

As much as i like videogames, i'm gonna stick to reading real books.

kairikh
kairikh

no dont like game books, its like reading tom clancy or the halo novels the books require a longer attention span than the games, just not meh!

thetravman
thetravman

Novels based on games? I had no idea this was happening.

novemberunge
novemberunge

bough it. read it. still disappointed. :/

guitardude1243
guitardude1243

The Halo books (the good ones which I say are Fall of Reach and First Strike) were different in that they were not copied from the game. The weakest one was easily the middle book which was written by a different author and all he did was exactly what this book did. It's not that it's bad, it's just retreaded ground.

bradlbauer
bradlbauer

I'd read it if it were in my hands but I'm not going to go looking for it.

theIDENTITYof
theIDENTITYof

i already bought the book in december when it came out. :P i still haven't actually finished it. xD it's not as exciting when you already know basically everthing that's going to happen, ya know? xD oh well. i'll finish it eventually. :D

Soilworker1234
Soilworker1234

Good, they should release a book for this franchise. It did so many things to Halo, if you have not read a single Halo book, you have absolutely no idea how much further the story goes then in the game. The books make that franchise so much better. A book is so much better, more detail, more explanations, broader and more intense story in general, no matter what game it is. I would honestly rather read it.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

Yeah a book isn't milking the franchise, its simply expanding it. Milking it would be having 3 Assassins Creed games in a year.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

i read an extract of it a few months ago, it was terrible. the writer pretty much copies down everything as is from the game, and just adds his own descriptions and thoughts to flesh it out, it's really bad. Some of the stuff i read didn't even make grammatical sense, i'm sure a writer from Gamespot could write it at least 100x better.

ShadowXStorm
ShadowXStorm

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Taylor9124
Taylor9124

I needed a book for a school report, saw this yesterday, thought to myself, YES. Bought it right away. Even though I don't read unless I have to.

kongpow24
kongpow24

@okassar I agree with you, these people really don't understand what milking actually means, I mean I don't know. So that's why I don't just go on saying that "oh, too many sequels, definitely milking"

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

AC1 and 2 are both great games with interesting stories (for a video game), but lets be honest, the story just wouldn't cut it as a book.

crazyshot17
crazyshot17

why read about it when you can play it??

RonTorque
RonTorque

It's good that this one didn't get canceled as well.