The PC version of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood will not be left out when it comes to the market being flooded with alternate editions; Ubisoft has confirmed that you’ll have four ways to buy the title.
Some rather good news is that all of them are bundled with Abstergo Project Update 1.0 and 2.0 and The Da Vinci Disappearance DLC. And some even better news is that, according to a Ubisoft representative “The PC version of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood after an initial login, will be playable offline in single player mode.” Which means no pesky online DRM.
So, here we go with the various editions:
There’s the Standard Edition, which is the game plus the DLC mentioned above. Then there’s the Special Edition which apparently “comes in an exclusive Cold Foil Packaging” and in addition to the standard edition contains The Officer as a playable multiplayer character, plus “The Trajan Market” indoor single-player map.
After this, things get a bit more exotic. The Digital Deluxe Edition is, obviously, a digital only release, which will contain everything the special edition offers (except the packaging, clearly) plus a Harlequin multiplayer character, Aqueducts single-player map, “Drachen Armor” for Ezio along with the game’s soundtrack, a Making-of and short “Lineage” films.
Finally, the Codex Edition (I’m surprised they hadn’t run out of names by this point) has everything the digital deluxe edition is offering, but housed inside a fancy renaissance chest (apparently.) Plus, a 60-page book about the history of the assassins, with artwork from the game; a detailed map of Rome and collectible cards of the multiplayer characters. Crikey.
If you want to actually play the game on your PC, these are the specs you’ll be needing:
SUPPORTED OS: Windows® XP (32 or 64 bit) /Windows Vista®(32 or 64 bit)/Windows 7® (32 or 64 bit)
Processor: Intel Core® 2 Duo 1.8 GHZ or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHZ
RAM: 1.5 GB Windows® XP / 2 GB Windows Vista® – Windows 7®
Video Card: 256 MB DirectX® 9.0–compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (see supported list)
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 –compliant sound card
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0
DVD-ROM: DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
Hard Drive Space: 8 GB
Peripherals Supported: Keyboard, mouse, optional gamepad
* This product does not support Windows® 98/ME/2000/NT
Processor: Intel Core® 2 Duo E6700 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or better
Video Card: GeForce 8800 GT or ATI Radeon HD 4700 or better
Sound: 5.1 sound card
Peripherals: Keyboard, mouse, joystick optional (Xbox 360® Controller for Windows recommended)
The PC version of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is due for release on 17 March in the US, and 18 March in the UK.