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Good: Brotherhood Will Be "Playable Offline"

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The accursed always-on DRM of Ubisoft’s last couple of games seems to be dead. VG247 have word from a Ubi rep that “The PC version of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, after an initial login, will be playable offline in single player mode.” So that’s better. Still internet-based, of course, but without the need to always be online.

The game is out March 17 in the US and March 18 in Europe. I’ve posted a tech specs and special editions detail release we received yesterday below, in case anyone is interested in that stuff. It basically says that The Da Vinci Disappearance DLC will appear immediately in the PC version of the game.

UBISOFT® ANNOUNCES SHIP DATE

AND SPECS FOR

ASSASSIN’S CREED® BROTHERHOOD

ON PC

Top-Selling and Critically Acclaimed Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Takes the Leap to PCs

London, UK – February 22nd, 2011 – Today Ubisoft® announces specifications, details and ship date for Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood on the PC. The critically acclaimed, multi-million unit selling Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood will be available on March 18th, 2011 for the PC. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is a worldwide production effort led by the Ubisoft Montreal Studio in collaboration with Ubisoft studios in Singapore, Bucharest, Québec City and Annecy.

The critically acclaimed single-player experience of Assassin’s Creed is back and better than ever as Ezio returns in an epic struggle against the powerful Templar Order. Now a legendary Master Assassin, he must journey into Italy’s greatest city, Rome, center of power, greed and corruption to strike at the heart of the enemy. Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire Brotherhood that will rally to his side. Only by working together can the Assassins defeat their mortal enemies.

And for the first time, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood offers a never-before-seen multiplayer layer. Players can join the Templar Order and use Abstergo’s technology to train in the art of assassination. Choose from a wide range of unique characters, each with their own signature weapons and assassination techniques, and match their skills against other players from all over the world in a variety of game modes.

Assassins Creed Brotherhood for the PC will be available at retail stores and for digital download in four different editions:

STANDARD EDITION (RETAIL AND DIGITAL)

Main game + Abstergo Project Update 1.0 and 2.0 and The Da Vinci Disappearance

CODEX EDITION:

This Limited and Exclusive Collector’s Edition of Assassin’s Creed® Brotherhood will include a beautiful and detailed Renaissance style chest containing:

o Main game + Abstergo Project Update 1.0 and 2.0 and The Da Vinci Disappearance

o The Original Codex written by the hand of Altaïr: a quality 60 pages book revealing all the history of the Assassins and presenting the artworks of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.

o A detailed map of ROME

o Multiplayer Characters Collectible Cards: a set of trade cards presenting all the characters of Assassin’s Creed® Brotherhood Multiplayer, their kill moves and biography

o Assassin’s Creed® Lineage DVD: discover the story of Giovanni Auditore, Ezio’s father, by watching this three-part short movie.

o An exclusive Bonus DVD containing the Assassin’s Creed® Brotherhood original soundtrack, galleries…

o Exclusive unlockable content:

§ One Multiplayer Character: The Harlequin, a deadly assassin lying behind a gaudy costume and a twisted smiling mask

§ One Multiplayer Character: The Officer, a stealthy assassin who can assassinate his targets with a swift and powerful attack

§ One exclusive single player indoor map: The Trajan Market

§ One exclusive single player outdoor map: The Aqueducts map

§ Ezio “Drachen Armor”

SPECIAL EDITION

This Special Edition comes in an exclusive Cold Foil Packaging and contains:

o Main game + Abstergo Project Update 1.0 and 2.0 and The Da Vinci Disappearance

o Exclusive unlockable content:

§ One Multiplayer Character: The Officer, a stealthy assassin who can assassinate his targets with a swift and powerful attack

§ One exclusive single player indoor map: The Trajan Market

DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION

o Main game + Abstergo Project Update 1.0 and 2.0 and The Da Vinci Disappearance

o Assassin’s Creed® Lineage: discover the story of Giovanni Auditore, Ezio’s father, by watching this three episodes short movie.

o Exclusive additional content featuring the Assassin’s Creed® Brotherhood original soundtrack, galleries, Making-of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood…

o Exclusive unlockable content:

§ One Multiplayer Character: The Harlequin, a deadly assassin lying behind a gaudy costume and a twisted smiling mask

§ One Multiplayer Character: The Officer, a stealthy assassin who can assassinate his targets with a swift and powerful attack

§ One exclusive single player indoor map: The Trajan Market

§ One exclusive single player outdoor map: The Aqueducts map

§ Ezio “Drachen Armor”

Assassins Creed Brotherhood PC Technical specs:

Minimum Configuration:

Processor: Intel Core® 2 Duo 1.8 GHZ or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHZ

Video Card: Nvidia 7900 256 MB or ATI Radeon X1950 256 MB

Recommended Configuration:

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

Detailed version

Minimum Configuration:

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

Recommended Configuration:

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)

Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:

ATI® RADEON® X1950, HD 2000/3000/4000/5000 series

NVIDIA GeForce® 7/8/9/100/200 series

The 4 different editions of Assassin’s Creed® Brotherhood for PC can be pre-ordered at UBIShop following these links:

– http://shop.ubi.com/brotherhood (Standard Edition)

– http://shop.ubi.com/codex (Codex Edition)

– http://shop.ubi.com/acbdeluxedigitaledition (Deluxe Digital Edition)

For more information on Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, please visit: http://www.assassinscreed.com.

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