For many people, what makes Assassin’s Creed so great is how it molds the story it wants to tell around actual real world events from history. In this way, Assassin’s Creed has written its own special history that parallels our own. But it can get a little confusing after a while as well just trying to keep things like who all the Borgias are straight and what the differences are between a Turkish Flanged Mace and a Florentine Mace. Well, with their fourth game in the series in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations about to come out, there is a lot more history to Assassin’s Creed than even a lot of us diehards may realize and so Ubisoft is getting ready to release the Assassin’s Creed Encyclopedia.
Set to drop the same day as Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, the Encyclopedia is the must have for every diehard Assassin’s Creed fan as you can have the entire history of the franchise up to this point at your fingertips. Along with all this information, you’ll also get never before seen art to go along with many of the entries as well as a running list in various categories like weapons, Templars, and Assassins. And it’s all opened up with a foreword by Gears of War’s Cliff Bleszinski talking about how important franchises like Assassin’s Creed is for gaming as a modern medium.
Be warned though, as tempting as it might be to just start reading the Encyclopedia from front to back, there are spoilers for both the animated short Embers, also being released on the same day as the game, November 15th, as well as for Assassin’s Creed: Revelations itself. So if you want to learn just what happens to Ezio and experience it like it is meant to, by playing the game, then I recommend you play Revelations first, then watch Embers, THEN read the Assassin’s Creed: Encyclopedia in order to keep all the surprises best in tact.
The best way in order to get the Assassin’s Creed: Encyclopedia would be to go through Ubisoft themselves by going to http://shop.ubi.com and picking it up on November 15th along with your Signature Edition copy of the game that comes with the Embers animated short.