Serving as an Epilogue to the life and times of Master Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Assassin’s Creed Embers was developed by Ubisoft’s in-house creative unit UbiWorkshop and is a noble effort at providing a suitable send off for arguably one of the most charming & well received video game characters conceived in this console generation.
Set around a decade after the events of Revelations, Ezio – at 65 years of age – now lives on a farm just outside of Florence with his wife Sofia and two children: Flavia & Marcello. Now a shell of his former self, Ezio lives his life with much peace & contentment, until an assassin from China manages to seek him out in search of advice and guidance in her own personal war against the Chinese Emperor.
Unwilling to oblige to, or feel a need to relive his days in, anything to do with more Assassin vs Templar wars, Ezio does not take kindly to the female Assassin or the team of killers following her to his home.
Having followed the woes and highs of Ezio’s story from his first appearance in the franchise in Assassin’s Creed Lineage, through 3 fully fledged game titles – Assassin’s Creed 2, Brotherhood & Revelations, I found this animated short to be an emotional and fulfilling end to a character I will not soon forget, even after my controller is one day hung up to cool.
Embers also managed to raise some interesting points with the possible addition of China as a gameplay location later on in the series, and shows that Ubisoft really valued the character they created – giving him a much larger role in the series than Altaïr, and perhaps suggesting that we can find the same treatment with Connor in Assassin’s Creed III.
Assassin’s Creed Embers is an awesome piece of content and is simply a must-watch for all Ezio & Assassin’s Creed fans; plus, at such a low price, it’s a real steal.
Embers was first made available with certain Collector’s & Signature editions of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and is also downloadable from the PlayStation Network for around £3 (prices change depending upon deals), and on Xbox Live for 240 MSP.