First Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Details Slip From The ShadowsS

With a 15 hour long single player adventure, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood is far more than a multiplayer side story in the Assassin's Creed universe. It's time to join the Brotherhood, as Ubisoft details Ezio's continuing adventures.

So far the buzz about Assassin's Creed Brotherhood has been all about the multiplayer, and the game does indeed feature a deep multiplayer experience. While the production is being led by Ubisoft Montreal, work is also being done at Ubisoft studios in Singapore, Bucharest, Québec City and Annecy, with Annecy being the developer behind the excellent multiplayer side of Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.

Players will be able to choose between multiple character classes with signature weapons and killing moves, competing against online friends in a wide variety of unique multiplayer modes. The fact sheet boasts "you'll never fight the same way twice."

It sounds pretty amazing, but is Ubisoft neglecting the single player experience in favor of multiplayer? It sure doesn't look like it.

Ezio, now a Master Assassin, travels to the "living, breathing" city of Rome to experience more than 15 hours of single-player game play. While he's there he'll hob nob with famous historical figures like Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli and Caterina Sforza, while recruiting and training a Brotherhood of young assassins, deploying them in the city or calling on them to aid in your quest to strike at the heart of the Templar order.

Ezio will have plenty of equipment to help get the job done as well, including poison darts, hidden blades and guns, an advanced version of the flying machine seen in Assassin's Creed 2, and a parachute, just 'cause.

It sounds like the villa management from AC2 returns as well, only on a much larger scale, as Ezio spends his wealth to revitalize the crumbling city of Rome, unlocking new factions and missions along the way.

It also bears noting that Ubisoft Singapore is the team behind the excellent "secret location" platforming stages in ACII. More of those would be quite welcome.

That should assuage any fears that this will be a strictly multiplayer affair with a throwaway single player element. It might not be called Assassin's Creed III, but Brotherhood looks to be every bit the full sequel to Assassin's Creed II.

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood is due out during the 2010 holiday season.

First Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Details Slip From The ShadowsS