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Ubisoft Prepping Two Large DLC Packs For Assassin's Creed II

Assassin's Creed II is guaranteed to give you plenty of bang for your buck, as the lengthy adventure could net around 40 hours if you wished to complete every last possible objective. But we can always use more of this amazing production, can't we?

Ubisoft has lifted the lid on two sets of downloadable content they plan to release for the game, one of which will release in January and the other will follow in February. The first DLC pack will be called the Battle of Forli and the second will be dubbed Bonfire of the Vanities. Now, here's where things start to get interesting: first of all, Ubisoft is telling players to keep 1 GB of free space available for each pack, and that's fairly significant (it's about double the size of a Modern Warfare map pack). In other words, these are large pieces of DLC and as some players already know, there are certain sections of the game that remain locked throughout the main storyline. If you want to read up on the relevant histories, feel free to visit Kotaku, and then decide for yourself what we might see in these extra pieces of content. Remember that Bonfire of the Vanities was a real event that happened in Florence in 1497, and Florence just so happens to be the first city in the game. Again, though, you'll see that various parts of the city remain inaccessible for now...it's a little frustrating.

We should have prices and solidified dates before too long but for the time being, we're plenty excited. This is one game that just never seems to get old, so more missions and quests will be most welcome.

12/1/2009 8:55:57 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (35 posts)

InBlackestNight
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 10:16:28 PM
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Sounds awesome! Hope they don't cost a fortune though.

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Alienange
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 10:29:07 PM
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Will these be bought for U points or does Ubisoft want to get paid for these?

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556pineapple
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:10:19 PM
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Man, I'm glad I invested in a 500 GB hard drive. It's stuff like this I won't have to worry about for quite some time.

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Alienange
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:29:11 PM

Anybody who buys a bigger hdd for their PS3 has my respect. I upgraded my 40gb to a 320gb not long ago and am very happy I did that. Good on you for getting a 500. Keep on gaming.

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___________
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:55:03 PM

why update your HDD when you can get a external 1.5TB HDD for a quarter of the price of a 500GB HDD?
laptop hard disks are so overpriced, just get a external one plug it in and away you go.
just make sure its formatted in FAT32 otherwise the ps3 wont be able to read it.
why sony chose FAT32 over NTFS is beyond me, i mean FAT32 has not been used since windows 2000 thats how bloody dated it is.

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chucknasty
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:58:36 PM

@____
A 500gb HDD is under $100 on Amazon, where are you getting your 1.5TB external if it is $20?

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Alienange
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:59:25 PM

Where are you from buddy? A 500gb 2.5 inch hdd is 60 bux off Amazon. You telling me a 1.5TB is $15? Get real. And internal pwns external every day of the week.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:27:51 AM

Don't know where he got his prices from but I sure would like to know.

You can get a 1 TB external hard drive at Newegg for $80 with free shipping. Or for $50 more get a 2 TB internal. And I have 5 external hard drives and all bigger than my internal. I'll take externals over internals any day.

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___________
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 6:01:32 AM

australia.
and its a figure of speech, jesus christ you guys take everything literally.
its cheaper not literally, but comparing what your paying to what your getting its cheaper.
i bought a 500GB HDD a year or so ago for 400 bucks im sure theve gone down by now, but a 1.5TB external drive from MSY is running 300 bucks.
thats triple the size, so you would expect close to triple the price, but there not there much cheaper than laptop drives.

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coverton341
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 11:17:41 AM

You can get an external TB HDD but I was under the impression that you could not access the data directly i.e. you had to transfer your saves from the external to the internal and the game data as well making the external jsut a glorified back up device. I personally enjoy being able to save everything in one spot and access it at run time instead of swap thing back and forth and then again my information on this is coming from the early days of the PS3 and this could be a non issue with the recent firmware updates that have been released.

Does anyone have more current information. Are you able to access information on an external directly or is it still a shuffle game?

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Alienange
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 1:04:00 PM

coverton341 you are absolutely correct about save games and game data. You can however keep movies, pictures and music on your external and play them through the PS3. It's cool, but seems kinda silly when you can just as easily stream those things wirelessly.

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coverton341
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 2:03:10 PM

Ok I didn't think that had changed but just wanted to make sure I was speaking intelligently about it. Anyway I keep all my movies and music on a home server that is on my network and I stream all of that over my wired connection so it is a non point for me to have an external drive that would make me just swap data out when I wanted to use it. That is what I have the backup data going to said home server for in the first place.

I know now everyone has this type of setup and I am pretty sure it is an atypical setup to begin with but an external HDD does not seem to make as much sense as an internal anyway in my opinion but I suppose to each their own.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 4:43:44 PM

"but a 1.5TB external drive from MSY is running 300 bucks."

Even that is still overpriced compaired to US prices. US dollars and Australian dollars are just about equal in value right now, which sucks since I used to order a lot from over there, so it comes out to around $277 with conversion.

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Banky A
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 11:46:45 PM

That's a pretty bad figure of speech.. because it sounded serious haha

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___________
Thursday, December 03, 2009 @ 7:54:39 AM

yea, i kno we get charged through the a$$ it sucks.
if ebay were a little more reliable id buy all my games and stuff off there because its much cheaper.
but than there as reliable as a holden, so i wont be doing that.

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A2K78
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:12:00 PM
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Hey Ubi, why didn't you just release a "complete game" instead of coercing gamers to download these locations? If anything I would say Ubi really demonstrated the folly of DLC.

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556pineapple
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:14:35 PM

The game's 40 hours long. Since when is 40 hours incomplete? If the game were say, 10-20 hours? Then maybe I'd get a little peeved. I view DLC as the old expansion packs for PC. Not necessary for the main story, but something extra if you want it.

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Alienange
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:30:31 PM

Yeah. And we used to have to go to the store for said expansion packs and they used to cost $20-$30. Count your gaming blessings FOO !

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chucknasty
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:56:40 PM

agreeing with Pineapple and Alienange: original game was long and the DLC at 1 GB per sounds large so I will say 'it isn't on the disk'. If DLC as a concept sticks in your craw then avoid it but I for one will pick it up and digest it as quickly as I did the game.

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The Doom
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 9:02:10 AM

@556pineapple
what good is forty hours really? thAts less than 2 day: its not such a long time even if i dont play the game often.

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coverton341
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 2:13:09 PM

I knew someone would pull the "incomplete game" card on this especially when I saw that memory sections 12 and 13 or some such were not available, but really the game is huge and there are a ton of things to do after the main story is done like feathers and other collectibles so I feel they released a very VERY complete game. That coupled with the fact that they added an entirely new feature in the uPlay I feel they did a fantastic job.

@The Doom,
I can't tell if you are being sarcastic or not but 40 hours is a decent amount of time for a game. Especially for an action adventure title when most of them are 10-20 or less. Again this could be a shining example of not being able to read sarcasm in text but hey.

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556pineapple
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 4:25:02 PM

@The Doom
Like Coverton341 said, 40 hours is plenty long for a game. I don't know if you're being sarcastic or not either, but I barely have enough time to play games for an hour a day, let alone 2 days straight. So a game that would last me over a month playing at that rate is great for me.

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Sir Shak
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:29:06 PM
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I really want this game but I have been ill for a few days .

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Alienange
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:32:23 PM

Sick? So... you admit you're human then?

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Sir Shak
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:34:40 AM

NEVER

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Banky A
Thursday, December 03, 2009 @ 12:28:38 AM

Typo, he meant 'lil'.

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therabbitkinge
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:34:37 PM
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Well here's hoping they aren't just something we could've done with... maybe they had to block those areas off initially due to some technical issue but wanted to include them initially?

Well either way im greatful for anything that extends to longevity of my games, especially a gem like AC2

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___________
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:51:36 PM
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scratch infamous i have a new favorite game for the year.
actually no scratch that, i have a new favorite game for all time.
i just finished reading the story explanation in the official walkthrough, and HOLY TAP DANCING CHRIST!
everything said at the end of the game makes perfect seance now.
nothing has a better, deeper storyline.
not MGS4, not FF, NOTHING!

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Banky A
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 11:48:31 PM

Okay sweet

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just2skillf00l
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 2:02:45 AM
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Oooooh! Expansion packs...hope they aren't too pricey.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 3:32:49 AM
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NICE...

This is good to hear. I'm really liking AC2. The first one doesnt impress me as much. I bought AC day one and never finished it cus i was let down! Well because of how into AC2 i am i thought i should give it a chance. So today i devoted my whole day to getting through AC (which i havnt qite yet), and i gotta say its better than i give credit. Although alot f my cmplaints are still there. But AC2 on the other hand im enjoying and ill welcome DLC onto my HDD anyday for this game! assuming i dont have to pay $14.99 of course which i will not do!

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Akuma07
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 5:51:32 AM
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Wow. i FINALLY got up to sequence 14 today and seen that 12 and 13 were locked, first thing i thought of was....DLC

they had better be good.

so much for "preping" they knew it long ago. i wouldnt be surprised if its already set to go.

now give me my two remaining templair lairs damnit!

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bOnEs
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 9:56:29 AM
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"Remember that Bonfire of the Vanities was a real event that happened in Florence in 1497, and Florence just so happens to be the first city in the game."

aww man... i was hoping they would do something with that inaccessible island in venice... i really really want to see what's over there!! it's been bugging me ever since i unlocked all of venice...

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 5:01:54 PM
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Everyone talking about the corrupted memory sequences, if you had gotten the limited edition of the game. it comes with both of them as a little voucher thing =) just saying, so it's more than likely them, I really want to know what happened during that time =O

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fuk u
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 7:39:47 PM
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well i went platinum on AC2 i played AC1 it was fun but like they say 'repeative' AC2 is pretty badass and i do see on maps, the unacessable locations, now DLC is coming? it all falls into place and now i understand why the hell i couldnt go there lol. im all for the dlc this game is cool and shadowed by games that have realeased around its time... MWF2 especially.

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