Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood DLC launches March 8

Have you bought up every business in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood's version ofRome? Found everyflag? Solved everyCluster? Dominated inmultiplayer? Then we've got some good news: more AssBro is on the way March 8, when the first DLC expansion – titled The Da Vinci Disappearance – hits Xbox Live and PSNwith a new single-player storyline, new Achievements/Trophies and a handful of add-ons for multiplayer.

Selling for 800 Microsoft Points or $9.99 on PSN, Disappearance picks up more or less where Brotherhood's story leaves off, and begins with Leonardo Da Vinci's kidnapping at the hands of a shadowy cult called the Hermeticists. Naturally, this obligates Ezio to set out in search of his old friend, recovering stolent paintings and visiting newplaces along the way.

If the multiplayer additions are any indication, those new places will probably take Ezio to Spain, seeing as Granada's famous Alhambrafortresswill appear as a new multiplayermap. Also new are two game modes: Escort, in which two teams compete to protect or assassinate a VIP, and Assassinate, which appears to be a straight-up, six-to-eight-player deathmatch. Finally, four new characters are joining the roster: the Pariah, the Dama Rossa, the Marquis and the Knight, all pictured below.

Brotherhood was apretty fantastic game, so more of it is definitely a good thing – especially if it involves more Leonardo, who barely played a role in the game's "main" storyline. And even if the newmissions aren'tmuch better than Assassin's Creed II's so-so add-ons, the multiplayer additions alone could make this worth the download. Expect to see more details in the coming weeks as we draw closer to its near-imminent release.

Feb 17, 2011