With games that we played years ago, we remember them for being good at the time and when they announce that the game returns to current gen consoles hits us with a wave of nostalgia making us buy the game to relive what we once experienced. But with more modern platforms means that you must meet a new set of standards that weren’t present before. And with Ubisoft recently it shows they’re unable to do that, but we don’t know why.
As The Ezio Collection came to Xbox One and Playstation 4 back in 2016, many were excited to replay the life of Ezio Auditore through the three games bundled: Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. Assassin’s Creed II especially as that title is what really brought the franchise to what it is today. But once the game launched many were to see that the game doesn’t really fall under the category for remaster.
Being met with the same composition and graphics from back in 2009, with the slightest improvements that many can hardly notice even when seeing the comparison. As the game has brought better draw distance and finer environmental textures, it seems to do more damage than fixing. Making the games look flat with high resolution textures from the original game instead of reworking from where the game was left. Making skin textures and lighting just awkward and less appealing than the original.
These problems inhabiting Assassin’s Creed II mainly it doesn’t excuse for the game to perform at this rate for a rework of an older title. With better hardware removing some issues from the original, but we meet new issues in return as you can see. And no additional content featured in either of the three games and to even remove the multiplayer from both Brotherhood and Revelation, as it won’t be missed much still lessens the game’s value.
And with the more recent announcement that Far Cry 3 will be returning to current gen consoles continues to prove this point as the game still looks not much different from the original. More likely to fall under the same problems The Ezio Collection has faced. As there’s no other information since the reveal, there’s still plenty to happen from now until the game meets its launch date to prevent that from happening. But why Ubisoft keeps doing this is the question.
Ubisoft has also announced that another previous title Assassins Creed: Rogue will be getting remastered for Xbox One and Playstation 4. Just making it short for the new gen consoles at the time, Rogue was for those who haven’t upgraded just yet for Assassin’s Creed: Unity. And now those who missed out on will get a fully reimagined title that will be able to perform at 4K on Xbox One X & Playstation 4 Pro. This what really brought the question to mind, a title that many pushed off compared the titles that forged the franchises are getting a complete makeover while the others are only ported with no additional features or content.
As they would treat the more crucial games to both the franchise and the fans in this matter is beyond me. For what can be done to counter what has already been done can happen for Far Cry 3: Classic Edition. But for The Ezio Collection is too late to repair the damage done. For future titles is to assume history won’t be repeated if reactions have been noted from the fans to keep what seems to might happen for a second time soon.