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Assassin's Creed: Heritage Collection is all of them in one place

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Assassin's Creed: Heritage Collection is all of them in one place

It’s self-evident that Heritage might be a good name for a compilation of synthesised historical cities. But it’s especially fitting for this series which began in 2007 yet seems to have been going on much, much longer. Five Assassin’s Creed games have been released on PC to date; by this time next year there’ll be two more, but in the meantime there’s a bundle which pulls six years of fevered and quite impressive iteration together.

Read on if, like Brad Pitt, you’d like to find out what’s in the box.

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Assassins Creed 3 team "aimed for next-gen before next-gen"

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Assassins Creed 3 team "aimed for next-gen before next-gen"

When developing Assassin’s Creed 3 Ubisoft rebuilt what made the Assassin’s Creed games novel: how the player moved.

As explained during a talk at this year’s GDC, Assassin’s Creed 3’s AI Tech Lead at Ubisoft Richard Dumas explained how the game’s on-foot action was rebuilt from the sole, upward: and the implications of making an open world game with hills.

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag leaked — it's all about pirates of the Caribbean

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag leaked — it's all about pirates of the CaribbeanDetails of the next Assassin's Creed have been spilling out of everywhere in advance of the game's official announcement. According to Kotaku, the next game in the frequently revisited series will be titled Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, will feature boats and pirates and swashbuckling and will be set around the Caribbean in the 18th century.

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Far Cry 3 and Assassin's Creed 3 sold better than expected, sequels incoming

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Far Cry 3 and Assassin's Creed 3 sold better than expected, sequels incoming

Assassin’s Creed 3’s Connor might not have the fire of an Ezio or a literally anybody else, but that charisma vacuum doubles as a handy cash-hoover. 12 million people bought the game during Ubisoft’s last financial quarter - nearly 70% more than did AC: Revelations.

What’s more, Far Cry 3 raised some eyebrows at the French publisher by performing better than they thought it capable of, to the tune of 4.5 million copies sold. You’ll hear a few ragged cheers from the PCGamesN camp for that one.

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The Battle Hardened DLC adds multiplayer maps to Assassin's Creed 3, available for PC on January 15

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The Battle Hardened DLC adds multiplayer maps to Assassin's Creed 3, available for PC on January 15The Battle Hardened comes with three multiplayer maps for Connor to climb, creep, crouch and crawl his way around. These are Charlestown, Saint Pierre and Fort St-Mathieu. There's also three new multiplayer characters available, including a Governor (who Ubisoft say is "influential"), a Highlander (apparently "resilient") and a Coyote Man ("fearsome" and also probably "hirsute").

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Assassin’s Creed 3 DLC documents the Tyranny of King Washington via trailer

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Assassin’s Creed 3 DLC documents the Tyranny of King Washington via trailerPond-crossed patriots, cover your ears. The husky voiceover setup for Assassin’s Creed 3’s first morsel of DLC plays so easily into the hands of casual anti-American commentators you’re simply better off not knowing.

Still here? If you insist:

“What if the story of America was not the one you knew? Revealing a nation born not of courage and of brotherhood, but of greed and desire for absolute power? A constitution built atop the blood and ashes of the innocent? An empire fed only by war and death?"

Now here comes the inevitable sardonic quip: “Yes. Imagine." But we’re better than that, aren’t we readers? What’s more, as PC gamers we have an insatiable taste for all things pulp - and let me tell you, this one’s so pulpy it’s practically papier mache.

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Paul takes a nostalgia trip and Steve has to suffer through a five-hour tutorial

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Paul takes a nostalgia trip and Steve has to suffer through a five-hour tutorialIt's Sunday and, as a result of staying up till 9am showing your friends Telltale's take on The Walking Dead, your brain feels like it's barely functioning. But, you're stronger than sleep so you've crawled out of bed long enough to play some games or, if that's a little too engaged for your mental state, read about other people who have. If you're in the latter camp, look no further than below the break to see what we've been throwing ourselves into this week.

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Assassin’s Creed 3 PC footage emerges

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Assassin’s Creed 3 PC footage emergesStaggered across the latter part of this year like a drunk in a restaurant, Assassin’s Creed 3’s various release dates take a fair bit of explanation. While the console versions landed in October, AC3 PC arrives tomorrow - and even then, only in the US. Europeans will wait until Thursday, and be glad for it. We’re a bit like that.

Anyway - a yank’s got hold of the thing a day early, and splashed in-game footage all over Reddit.

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Assassin's Creed 3 patch fixes many bugs before releasing for the PC

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Assassin's Creed 3 patch fixes many bugs before releasing for the PCJeremy already wrote this week about how Ubisoft plan on releasing a more polished version of Assassin's Creed 3 on PC, incorporating higher resolution textures and also and patches that are released for the console version of the game prior to the PC's launch. Well, the first of those ma-ha-ssive patches has been detailed and it really pains my heart to see what our console brethren have been going through.

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Assassin’s Creed 3 PC to be “less buggy than the console versions”; extra DirectX 11 support means double texture resolution

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Assassin’s Creed 3 PC to be “less buggy than the console versions”; extra DirectX 11 support means double texture resolutionWe don’t get Assassin’s Creed 3 until November 23rd, but we’ve watched with interest as our console-tied peers spent their first hours with the game alternating between excitement, bemusement and irritation like a troupe of Cole Phelps’. The cause of that irritation? Mostly insta-fail stealth sections and some particularly rude and intrusive bugs. The former we’ll have to judge for ourselves next week, but many of the latter are due to be plucked out in a patch before we encounter them.

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Assassin’s Creed 3 microtransactions will unlock items in multiplayer; “People who have little time can use Erudito Credits as a shortcut to unlock game items from level 1 to 50.”

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Assassin’s Creed 3 microtransactions will unlock items in multiplayer; “People who have little time can use Erudito Credits as a shortcut to unlock game items from level 1 to 50.”Assassin’s Creed 3 will have microtransactions, we heard yesterday. Mention of something called ‘Erudito credits’ had emerged on console sales-places, but no details on how or where they might be used. It transpires that they’re a means to skip the grind of ACIII multiplayer’s CoD-style level progression, providing new tools in exchange for cash.

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Assassin's Creed 3 launch trailer is all pomp and silliness; neglects to mention pattable dogs

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Assassin's Creed 3 launch trailer is all pomp and silliness; neglects to mention pattable dogsWhen you set a game in the past about a secret order of assassins who have managed to keep their existence secret from the majority of humankind and still end a trailer with the like "It's time for the world to know my name" then it seems a little bit silly. Granted, this is at the end of a trailer that is full of silly things. See for yourself:

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Assassin’s Creed 3 microtransactions in the works

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Assassin’s Creed 3 microtransactions in the worksTwo pound buffs have become synonymous with free-to-play lately, but Ubisoft’s last investor call saw the publisher talk up the place of microtransactions in its $60 mega-games. Sure enough, now we have confirmation that microtransactions are coming to Assassin’s Creed 3. They’ll appear as a side dish to the main meat of the game that players know and love - a sort of hors amour, if you will.

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Assassin's Creed 3 multiplayer trailer shows you how many times someone can get hit in the legs with a hammer before you become desensitised

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Assassin's Creed 3 multiplayer trailer shows you how many times someone can get hit in the legs with a hammer before you become desensitisedAlthough multiplayer was added to the Assassin's Creed games way back in Brotherhood, it looks as though the coming thirdquel will really develop the element. The video below shows off its different game modes, skill upgrades, character models, oh, and what it looks like to his someone in the legs with a hammer, over and over and over again.

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Assassin's Creed 3 trailer shows Connor is not much fun at all; pretty good with an axe though

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Assassin's Creed 3 trailer shows Connor is not much fun at all; pretty good with an axe thoughAssassin's Creed's protagonist Altair wasn't a barrel of laughs. I'd go so far as to say he was about as welcome as a damp onesie. Ezio reversed that, so much so three games were made with him as lead. If the new Assassin's Creed 3's trailer is anything to go by it looks like we may be back in the dumps; protagonist Connor doesn't crack a single smile as he sees his people killed, his land ravaged, and his place in society torn away.

Not even a wink to the camera.

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Assassin's Creed 3 interview: Ubisoft discuss boats, booty and bellends

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Assassin's Creed 3 interview: Ubisoft discuss boats, booty and bellendsAssassin's Creed has always strived for authenticity. The memory-accessing Animus, for instance, can instantly translate into English any language it streams into your virtual ears, be it Arabic or Italian. In past games the Animus was a bit of a prude, neglecting to translate the ruder terms some native speakers would shout at Ezio and Altair as they scambled across roof tiles. Assassin's Creed 3 is set in America though, during the revolution, where everybody speaks good old fashioned American. So perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised when I was accosted by a particular word that I didn't even know had been invented in the 18th century. Confused, I turned to Assassin's Creed 3's lead designer Steven Masters, to ask him about assassins, America, naval warfare and swear words.

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