Ubisoft preps animated Assassin's Creed short

Ascendance to recount Ezio's journeys between second and third game in stealth action series, launching on PSN and XBL for $2 next week.

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After introducing the Assassin's Creed franchise with the original 2007 action adventure game, Ubisoft has since expanded it to include novels, live-action films, and comics. Animation is the next medium on the hit list, as the publisher today announced the animated short story Assassin's Creed: Ascendance.

Now that's a title card.

Set for release alongside next week's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Ascendance will bring viewers up to speed on what protagonist Ezio Auditore has been up to since the end of Assasssin's Creed II. Along the way, Ubisoft has promised to reveal the backstory of antagonist Ceasare Borgia's rise to power. Assassin's Creed: Ascendance will launch on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live for $1.99.

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 the multiplayer mode, players will apparently be able to align themselves with the pharmaceutical company Abstergo--which kidnapped the series' contemporary protagonist Desmond--and aid the Templar order. Players will have a range of characters to choose from in multiplayer, each of which has signature weapons and assassination techniques.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will launch November 16 in North America and November 18 in Europe on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A PC version of the game is slated to follow early next year.

Discussion

86 comments
Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@bossmon19, read the article before making the lousy comments.

andyslaker
andyslaker

Ubisoft must be in deep $#!% if they went this low. Too bad for their games.

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

F it they should just make a whole CGI movie I would love to see that done wit video game instead of movies like Resident Evil & crap

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

Talk about milking the series... Only been 3 years, and look at where we stand. A digital short, worth 2 dollars. Seriously? I LOVE AC, but this is kind of a joke. Ill be getting Brotherhood just to finish this line of the story, but they need to focus on what really counts: and thats the tale of Desmond. They need to let go of this multiplayer crap and all this extra stuff they are popping up with.

Gezquester
Gezquester

Sweet, looking forward to this! I love the AC franchise!

sriprakash
sriprakash

Oh come on.. don't tease me like this.. ;)

KingOfOldSkool
KingOfOldSkool

@isshiah - Don't you mean.. templar toilet paper?

Xbox360Gamer15
Xbox360Gamer15

when ever i get ms points if i have anything extra after i buy bioshock 2: minervas den i will buy the short

yoda101280
yoda101280

Well, while two bucks is nothing, I don't think i'll be paying it. I mean they already get you for the game and DLC, I'm not going to line their pockets for some cartoon backstory. I mean the live action they did last time was free and they actually had to pay actors and the whole nine for that, this one should be cheaper to produce I'd imagine, but now you have to pay, pfft.

Veronity
Veronity

I dont think they pay their dev`s 2$ a month...or do they?

Smoothy08
Smoothy08

Yeah like im gonna buy that. Money grabbing tw@tss. Shouldnt they just give it free to people who have AC1 & AC2 on there gamercards.

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

what is the point in making trailers like this, 34 seconds of nothing...oh wait ezio jumped off a roof, im glad i watched now.

BreakingSpecter
BreakingSpecter

They need to make a live-action movie of Assassin's Creed.

bossmon19
bossmon19

its not for ps3 only hmmm sony you couldny pay ubisoft

diegobrosso
diegobrosso

Man this sucks, nowadays you have to pay for everything DX Soon you will have to pay for the basic things humans do ... ='( P.S: And I really love AC ...

M3ran
M3ran

great game AC2 good going ubisoft...

isshiah
isshiah

i would use assassins creed toilet paper, that's how much i love the series...only a few days left.

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

Cudos of Ubisoft. Instead of pricing the mechandise at around $10 USD (which, depedning on the length, they could've) they made it two bucks! As if anybody has any excuse to not pick this up!

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

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steven141
steven141

Awesomeness, i wonder what will be released when Assassins Creed 3 comes our way. Before anyone says it, Brotherhood is not the third installment, i want it though :D

guyguyguy1234
guyguyguy1234

Lol, I'm not a fan of Assassin's creed. But I always like to spend a few minutes watching a few of the shorts. They are well made, what can I say?

Naxct
Naxct

fail and spoiler

Drakan11
Drakan11

They should be concentrating on making AC: Lost Legacy on PSN or Live instead of it being a 3DS game.

Elann2008
Elann2008

I was going to say.... when I read the title I thought, "Assassin's Creed animated TV series" or somethin'....

PS3_03
PS3_03

I think it's just a waste of development and part of that development leads to spoilers relating to the actual story for Ezio Auditore and the Templar order, in this case of those people who hadn't played Assassin's Creed 2. But the cost for each Ascendance episode of $2.99, is just a waste of PSN money/ XBL points. Ubisoft, you're doing so brilliant... why go in the direction you not supposed to be going?

MidnightKilla
MidnightKilla

I hope the trailer quality doesn't represent the actual product's quality, because it looks like it was animated in flash...

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

Ubisoft is really joining the ranks of the idiot publisher army, shame really.

mutual-assassin
mutual-assassin

Not sure if I'll bother with this, but it must be said the makers of AC always charge a reasonable price for additional content unlike some people. I'm looking at you Activision...

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

AC2, while a great game, proved that the developers have no skill whatsoever at crafting a good story and plot. So yeah, low expectations for this.

ShroudedEagle
ShroudedEagle

Hold on, one second. I thought Brotherhood took place EXACTLY after the events of AC2?

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

What? You want moar money from me, Activision? Too bad, too bad.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

The last animated AC was well done but absolutely pointless, as it had zero story, and was just made to show off their action sequences.

Daman92
Daman92

i dont get it people say ac:b follows STRAIGHT after ac 2 but how? i mean the villa never had canons, i think it might take place a few months after 2 rather than the very second 2 finishes?

punkpunker
punkpunker

come on make AC3 already i'm dieing over the story

immortalemperor
immortalemperor

How is that even a teaser? They spent more time telling us to follow them on twitter. **** that.

RyuuzakiMasato7
RyuuzakiMasato7

What the... Ubisoft has always made a fairly big deal about the fact that Brotherhood starts LITERALLY THE VERY MINUTE Ezio leaves the vault from the end of AC2. So how the hell are they going to flesh out his "Adventures" between the two games when there's no time between them? =.='

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

They should include it on the £60 Codex Edition that I bought

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

I've never felt anything but disappointment with animated movies/shorts/series based on videogames. Can't imagine this will surprise me.

pudgexd
pudgexd

Shouldn't it be free for the fans?

Raistlin555
Raistlin555

I could have sworn I saw a DLC for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood on the PlayStation Network and the game isn't even out yet.

Duke_Dude
Duke_Dude

I wouldn't mind paying for this. If only I could put it onto disk from my PS3 :(

akiwak
akiwak

Entertainment cost money, I'm sure that this will be an excellent story within itself. Is Ubisoft just making fun of itself because if I remember correctly from the first AC game, movies become obsolete!!!!