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Downloadable content can be a bit of a sore point, especially if we’re unable to fully complete a game without it. Ubisoft have seemingly opted for this approach with the Battle of Forli and Bonfire of the Vanities DLC for Assassin’s Creed II (thanks Joystiq). These downloadables, coming January and February respectively, are in fact the two missing sections of Ezio’s DNA. Currently, the segments are labeled as corrupted data in ACII – data that we’ll have to pay a combined $8.98/£5.50(ish) in order to experience. It breaks down to $3.99/£2.50 for the Battle of Foril featuring six memories centering on defending Forli from those nasty Orsi Brothers as well as “a daring rescue and prevent the Piece of Eden from falling into the hands of the Templars.”. Ezio will also be able to go sightseeing in another or Leonardo’s flying contraptions.
Bonfire of the Vanities will cost $4.99/£3 and open up a new section of Florence in need of liberating from a monk named Saconarola, taking place over ten memories. With it comes a new move for Ezio called the spring-jump. I quite like the idea that the assassin will move like a slinky but I very much doubt this will happen.
It feels a bit like a misuse of DLC rather than game extending additions. At least there will be a fair amount of content for the price making them more like a bitter pill to swallow than the suppository they could have been. Not convinced? Then let creative director and beardy wonder Patrice Deilets try to win you over to Ubisoft’s way of thinking, as seen above.