10 things we’d like to see in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Yesterday, Kotaku broke the news that pre-order box-art for something called Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood was already in the hands of GameStop employees, and soon thereafter, publisher Ubisoft confirmed it as real. The new game will apparently be a spinoff starring Ezio from Assassin’s Creed II, and will feature some sort of multiplayer mode that, according to the box back, will enable you to “embody an assassin of your choosing and define their killing style.”

Above: The leaked cover art, as posted by Kotaku 

Multiplayer or no, it’s great to know we’re going to see Ezio in another game. It’s especially interesting that the box says that Ezio, now a living legend, will be able to lead a brotherhood of Assassins to conquer Renaissance-era Rome – implying that the game will pick up where the first game left off and give Ezio a chance to finish the job he started in ACII. What other secrets could this semi-sequel hold? We won’t know for a little while, but we’ve got some ideas about what should be included.

Oh, and fair warning: if you haven’t finished Assassin’s Creed II yet, there are a few spoilers below. Read at your own risk.

1. More historical figures and landmarks

The action in Assassin’s Creed II was great, sure. So were the exploration and the story. But there was something else we didn’t expect to love, and that was the game’s slavish dedication to reproducing historical figures and landmarks to learn about (and, in the case of the latter, to climb all over and admire). Rome is a city steeped in history, and the Renaissance was an especially tumultuous period for it – but in Assassin’s Creed II, all we got to see of it was a portion of the Vatican for, like, 15 minutes.

Above: And at that, we were a little too busy for sightseeing

We want to scale the walls of the Colosseum, delve into the Catacombs and basically get our dirty boots all over as many famous architectural relics as possible. We want to collude with and/or be instrumental in the deaths of a few notable politicians, and maybe meet a few more famous artists along the way. And we want to plunge headfirst into Church intrigue in an era when its corruption and craziness made modern-day scandals look harmless by comparison. There’s a huge potential for this aspect of Brotherhood to be just as fascinating as ACII’s was.


2. More about the characters

While we’re on the topic of wanting more of what ACII delivered, we’d also like to spend more time with its characters. As endearing and interesting as the supporting cast was, a lot of them were underutilized; Ezio’s mother, for example, made an impressively sharp debut, but was quickly reduced to praying in catatonic silence for the rest of the game. Likewise Ezio’s sister Claudia, who begins the game as a normal young noblewoman and then spends the rest of it as a glorified accountant.  And Niccolo f**king Machiavelli, a name synonymous with slimy Renaissance backstabbery, apparently wasn’t worth much more than a cameo (at least until the DLC hit). It’s like they meant to leave us hungry for more.

Above: This man literally wrote the book on being an underhanded bastard. Here, he barely talks

As great as it would be to see some of these characters come in from the sidelines, we want to see more of the characters we did spend a lot of time with, like Leonardo and Uncle Mario. (And it seems pretty damned likely that we will, as Leonardo’s gadgets and Mario’s tactical brain would be indispensible in any sort of covert campaign against Rome.) It’d also be cool to see which of Ezio’s girlfriends he finally ends up with (or at least, which one he has a child with, something that will effectively end the Animus’ memories of him). More than anything else, though, we have a burning curiosity to know what finally happened to Altair; did he, in the end, use the Apple of Eden to gain some sort of immortality?

Above: Will we see him again (even if only as a pre-order bonus)?

And of course, there’s the one final, burning question that ACII left hanging unanswered: does Ezio have an uncle Luigi, too?

3. More of Leonardo’s inventions

This one should go without saying; Leonardo’s inventions, like the hang-gliding flying machine Ezio briefly pilots, were among the coolest things in Assassin’s Creed II. And the man had a ton of other cool, unrealized ideas that the game could make “real,” many of which were savage war engines. Did you know, for example, that he came up with the idea for tanks? That shit has simply got to happen at some point.

Above: It isn't exactly an Abrams, but tell us this wouldn't be cool to try out


  • aberkromby - December 6, 2010 2:39 a.m.

    I swear, Ubi must have read this article....
  • nadrewod999 - October 18, 2010 9:27 p.m.

    Looks like Desmond is coming back for Brotherhood, except this time he has almost the exact same abilities as Ezio. With any luck, he will be the most anticipated part of AC3.
  • pakk99 - June 7, 2010 midnight

    Let me add one thing I could do with out: jumping puzzles in small rooms (i.e Lorenzo Medici's mansion ... ugh).
  • realybored666 - May 15, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    awesome list. the thing with desmond is that i'd be fine playin him if something big happens in his story. if its just him walking around and talking to the other guys, then fuck desmond.
  • philipshaw - May 8, 2010 11:59 a.m.

    I hope it doesn't focus too much on mutliplayer because the single player will lose something because of this. Just look at Skate 3 reviews that say the single player feels disjointed because on the focus on online play
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - May 7, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    @oryandymackie - Every little thing was improved. That's not bad. :D OT - I'd love to get this, but I don't have a PSP and I'm not inclined to get one either...
  • Skykid - May 7, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    OMIGAWD! One of them's a chick, and she's hawt. But women can be the best of assassins, especially if they're attractive. Oh, and GR, never trust Wikipedia.
  • Skykid - May 7, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    Note the comment Borgia gives you: "Ahh, always the fighter. Just like your father. Well-rejoice, my child-for you will see him again SOON!" That's the kind of guy you'd LOVE to see stabbed in the back, but can't do so. What a jacka**.
  • BUFFshagwell - May 7, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    4 man circle jerk best multiplayer mode
  • BUFFshagwell - May 7, 2010 9:51 p.m.

    4 man circle jerk best multiplayer mode
  • ItsFlamesAreRed - May 7, 2010 6:50 p.m.

    My friend and I totally want to see a multiplayer for the AC franchise. It would be fun to work with your friends to assassinate targets.
  • Cleanser247 - May 7, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    I hope they don't mess up this series because the first two games were fairly well done. Bloodlines could turn out decent if it's done right.
  • blairjacobs - May 7, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    assassins creed 2 best game ive played on 360, more blood and assassinations plz!
  • sterlins16 - May 7, 2010 11:24 a.m.

    if the multi player isnt good dont play it
  • shadyMrPatch - May 7, 2010 8:46 a.m.

    "We want to collude with and/or be instrumental in the deaths of a few notable politicians" Cameron would be a start eh?
  • awinnerisjew - May 7, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    Coop would be fun, as long as the person you're playng with understands the idea of cooperatively playing and doesn't just run ahead like an idiot,that shit ruined splinter cell convictions coop. 1 on 1 deathmatch would be interesting/hard in AC. "LETS SEE YOU CAMP NOW BITCHES!"
  • draco1400 - May 7, 2010 7:29 a.m.

    you know, everyone was worried bout bioshock 2 multiplayer and it turned out to be a gem, if it turns out to be shit, i just won't use it, problem solved....
  • Teazey - May 7, 2010 7:25 a.m.

    @ oryandymackie That is a good thing. AC1 WAS okay. AC2 is awesome.
  • oryandymackie - May 7, 2010 6:53 a.m.

    I didn't bother playing ACII. People said that it was completely different from the first.
  • Silverstone - May 7, 2010 5:19 a.m.

    The problem with Multiplayer this generation is that everyone expects it to be a main factor of gameplay, not just a 'oh look, that's nice' addition. Well, it seems that every game that isnt your standard FPS is adding online to their roster and everyone starts freaking out. I don't recall you guys making a fuss about Metal Gear Online? What about the online for MGS3 just a few years back? But the current-gen seems to rag on Online modes for games that aren't Call of Duty or Halo. and that is a lil sad, as we can no longer find the joy of playing through games time and again but we need that connection to other players whom we can t0tally pwn to have true vidya game enjoyment.

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