Despite all the recent back-and-forth speculation and rumor-mongering about Assassin's Creed II, the game's maker Ubisoft hasn't chimed in with any official comment--until today. An Ubi rep sent out a press release confirming the game's existence and holiday 2009 release window. And here it is.
Assassin's Creed II is the product of over two years of intensive development by the original creative team behind the Assassin's Creed brand. In a vast open world environment, the game invites players to incarnate Ezio, a privileged young noble in Renaissance Italy who's been betrayed by the rival ruling families of Italy. Ezio's subsequent quest for vengeance plunges players into a captivating and epic story that offers more variety in missions, surprising and engaging new gameplay elements, diverse weapons and a profound character progression that will appeal to fans of the original Assassin's Creed as well as entice players new to the brand."Our creative team is working hard to top the experience of Assassin's Creed,” said Patrice Desilets, creative director at Ubisoft. "We've made improvements to every aspect of the game. We've plunged ourselves into the stunning history of the Italian Renaissance so that we can offer fans a unique, varied and innovative Assassin's Creed experience.”
Desilets is a smart guy, and I'm glad to hear he's heading up Ubi's efforts to expand on the ambitious but sparsely utilized framework of the first game. Joystiq dug up a teaser trailer which shows you, well, not much about the game. But watch it anyway.