The Nintendo Switch is set to see more Assassin’s Creed action. As announced by Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection will be making its way onto the Switch on February 17, 2022. Throughout this trilogy of games, players will take on the role of Ezio Auditore da Firenze as he accomplishes missions in Italy and elsewhere. In addition, this collection features two bonus films, Assassin’s Creed Lineage and Assassin’s Creed Embers, both starring the aforementioned protagonist.
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection Comes to Switch
What to Know Prior to Release
As mentioned earlier, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection features 3 games from the series. These are Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed Revelations. Each of these entries, particularly 2, garnered strong positive responses from gamers and critics alike. Each title focuses on Ezio, who is arguably the most popular protagonist the series has seen. The Ezio Collection was previously released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2016. Full functionality will come to Switch, though only Assassin’s Creed 2 will be on the physical cart, as the other two must be redeemed via digital download.
Ubisoft has touted the Switch version of Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection as an “exclusive” version, bringing additional features to Nintendo’s platform. These include, but aren’t limited to, Handheld Mode, HD Rumble, and Optimized HUD. The Switch version will also contain the single-player DLC for each game, which was present in the previous console versions.
Last Word on Gaming Viewpoint
On the surface, the Nintendo Switch release of Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection should elicit excitement. Nintendo’s hybrid console has been home to other titles in the series, including Assassin’s Creed III Remastered and Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection. However, this is the first time that “The Ezio Trilogy” will be available on the platform. The inclusion of single-player DLC and the unique features to the Switch version are strong selling points. However, the fact that 2 of the 3 games included in this compilation must be downloaded independently from the cart may give potential buyers pause.
The practice of collections requiring separate downloads isn’t a new practice. Case and point, DOOM Slayers Collection was released on Nintendo Switch this past September. The original DOOM, DOOM II, DOOM 3, and DOOM 64 were on the cartridge. Meanwhile, the final piece of the collection, DOOM (2016), required an 8 GB download. The idea of The Ezio Collection following the same trend may be a dealbreaker, though this will vary on a case-by-case basis.