SAN FRANCISCO– November 12, 2010 – Ubisoft announced today that it is expanding its successful Assassin’s Creed franchise, which has sold more than 19 million units worldwide to date, by developing and producing a new animated short story called Assassin’s Creed Ascendance. The animated short will launch in conjunction with the highly anticipated release of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood in North America on November 16, 2010.
Assassin’s Creed Ascendance is a short animated story developed by Ubisoft Montreal. It bridges the narrative gap between Assassin’s Creed II and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. Assassin’s Creed Ascendance follows Assassin Ezio Auditore as he struggles to remove the treacherous Borgia family from their papal throne. Ezio will learn the brutal truth behind Ceasare Borgia's rise to power to control Italy. Assassin’s Creed Ascendance will be available on PlayStation ®Store, Xbox LIVE ® for the Xbox 360 ®, and other digital channels for a suggested retail price of $1.99. This film is not rated by the ESRB. More info on Assassin’s Creed Ascendance can be found here: www.ubiworkshop.com.
The rich universe of the Assassin’s Creed franchise allows artists from other media to create extensions of the original Assassin’s Creed storyline beyond video games. In addition to Assassin’s Creed Ascendance, fans will be able to immerse themselves even further into the Assassin’s Creed world with the release of an Assassin’s Creed comic book series, figurines and the recently launched Assassin’s Creed Project Legacy Facebook ®game.
Also available in the Assassin’s Creed universe:
- Assassin’s Creed The Fall comic book series, published by DC Comics, is a story illustrated and written in English by award-winning artists Cameron Stewart and Karl Kerschl. The first of three issues will be released in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
- Assassin’s Creed Aquilus, published by les Deux Royaumes, is the second comic book illustrated by Defali and written in French by Corbeyrand. The comic book will be available in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Quebec.
- A new limited edition statue of Assassin’s Creed Master Assassin Ezio Auditore Da Firenze will be available in Europe and Australia. A variety of Assassin’s Creed Ezio collectible figurines will also be available worldwide via online retailers.
- The Assassin’s Creed Project Legacy game on Facebook ® platform is a social role-playing game that serves as the companion to Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. Assassin's Creed Project Legacy is available on Facebook today at: http://apps.facebook.com/projectlegacy
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is scheduled to release November 16, 2010 in North America and November 18, 2010 in Europe, Middle East and Asia on Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 video game and entertainment system, offering a complete single-player and multiplayer experience. It will be available for PC in early 2011.
About Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
The critically acclaimed single-player experience of Assassin’s Creed is back and better than ever as Ezio returns for an epic struggle against the powerful Templar Order. Offering more single-player gameplay than ever before, players now play as a legendary Master Assassin, and journey into Italy’s greatest city, Rome, center of power, greed and corruption to strike at the heart of the enemy. For the first time, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood offers never-before-seen multiplayer, awarded“Best Online Multiplayer Game,” by the prestigious Game Critics organization at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo. The multiplayer suite, coupled with an extensive single-player campaign makes Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood not only the best Assassin’s experience to date, but the best value as well.
For more information on Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, please visit: www.assassinscreed.com.
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