After many delays, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is at long last getting a PC release and without that pesky online DRM crap from Ubisoft.
No self-respecting PC gamer could get behind the blaringly annoying DRM scheme that Ubisoft cooked up for Assassin's Creed 2 on the PC, which required an always-on online connection. It was even more irritating when Ubisoft's servers crashed, preventing anyone from playing the game that they put down hard-earned money for. Ubisoft has since apologized for the gaffe, and it seems that the lesson was well learned because the online authentication scheme has been dropped for the PC release of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood when it comes out on March 17th. There's no word on whether that was why the PC version is coming out nearly five months after the console release.
"The PC version of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood after an initial login, will be playable offline in single player mode," a representative from Ubisoft confirmed today.
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood will come in various special and "Codex" editions. The Codex will come with an actual wooden box containing the main game along with the Abstergo Project and The Da Vinci Disappearance DLC, a 60-page book written by Altair, a map of Rome, a set of multiplayer trading cards, a DVD with three short films detailing the story of Giovanni Auditore, Ezio's father, and a bonus DVD with the soundtrack and other sundry goodies.
The Special Edition, packaged in Cold Foil (whatever that is), will have the DLC and a multiplayer character, the Officer, a stealthy assassin who can assassinate his targets with a swift and powerful attack, and a map: The Trajan Market. The Digital Deluxe edition has all of the above plus the Harlequin multiplayer character and a map called the Aquaduct.
Unfortunately, Ubisoft failed to disclose what each of these editions will cost in order to compare and contrast to get the most for your money. For those who are interested, the minimum specs for the game are listed below with what you should actually have to play the game comfortably:
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
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