Here’s some good news for Nintendo Switch-owing fans of history and murder. Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection is coming to Nintendo Switch on February 17 (see it on Amazon). This collection includes Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, along with a bunch of extras. It’s available to preorder now for $39.99.
Preorder Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection
There aren’t any special editions or anything, so if you want it, this is your only option.
It’s worth noting that only Assassin’s Creed II comes on the cartridge. The other games and content are provided as digital downloads. Ubisoft says you’ll need up to 35GB of free space for them (which means you’ll need a microSD card to load them all on your Switch at once).
What Games Are in the Ezio Collection for Switch?
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Colleciton includes three consecutive entries in the long-running series. First is the 2009 installment Assassin’s Creed II, which finds Ezio Auditore de Firenze doing stealth murders in Florence during the Italian Renaissance. While the first Assassin’s Creed game was considered ambitious but flawed, most critics agree the series fully came into its own with this sequel.
Next up is the 2010 followup Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, which continues right where II left off. Now we find Ezio traveling to Rome to battle the Borgias. This installment adds some new ideas to the franchise, including the assassin’s guild, which lets you recruit assassins to do the dirty work for you at the press of a button.
Finally, the you get the 2011 game Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. Once again, it picks up where the previous entry left off, bringing Ezio to Constantinople, where he gets involved in the the political turmoil of the time as his story (and that of several other characters) comes to an end. This game also introduces useful new combat mechanics, including bombs.
On top of all that, you also get all of the single-player DLCs from those games, as well as two short films. You get two DLCs from Brotherhood (Copernicus Conspiracy and The Da Vinci Disappearance) and one from Revelations (The Lost Archive). The two short films are Assassin’s Creed Lineage and Assassin’s Creed Embers.
Multiplayer is Missing
What Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection for Switch lacks, like the PlayStation and Xbox versions, is the online multiplayer modes from Brotherhood and Revelations. So that’s a bit of a bummer.
Ezio Collection Switch-Exclusive Features
This being a Switch game, the Ezio Collection offers a handful of Switch-only features. It includes HD rumble, as well as touchscreen navigation in the menu, inventory, and map screens. It also lets you re-size the onscreen text and HUD elements for better readability in handheld mode.
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