The Ezio Trilogy is regarded fondly by fans as having some of the best games in the Assassin’s Creed series. Set in Renaissance Italy, and later Constantinople, it follows legendary Assassin Ezio Auditore from birth to death.
Assassin’s Creed is centred around an eternal conflict between authoritarian Templars and freedom-protecting Assassins. Modern day protagonists tap into their genetic memories to relive their ancestors’ experiences.
After the events of the first Assassin’s Creed game, our hero Desmond explores his ancestor Ezio Auditore da Firenze’s life. We follow Ezio’s journey from a carefree young bachelor in Assassin's Creed II to an experienced mentor and leader in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood to a renowned Assassin taking part in an intellectual pilgrimage in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.
Assassin’s Creed II was hugely popular and received overwhelmingly positive critical acclaim, and paved the way for Assassin’s Creed games of the future. It develops the ambitious vision from the first game, combining its complex storytelling and word building with engrossing gameplay and a gorgeous recreation of Renaissance Italy. It even introduces a piece of music that later became the main theme of the series, Ezio’s Family.
Brotherhood continued to develop on Assassin’s Creed II’s progress, and while reception for Revelations was lukewarm, it offers a satisfying resolution to Ezio and Altair’s (the first game’s protagonist) stories. While Assassin’s Creed I felt like an experiment in what the series could be, the Ezio Trilogy felt like an exploration of the series’ potential.
It’s no surprise, then, that last week’s Nintendo Direct announced The Ezio Collection coming to the Switch. This isn’t a first in the Assassin’s Creed series; in 2019, Assassin’s Creed III, Liberation, Black Flag, and Rogue were remastered for the Switch. Hopefully, past experience with Assassin’s Creed ports will prevent the same mistakes that led to such mixed reviews for GTA: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition.
The trailer for The Ezio Collection features scenes from the Ezio games with smoother and brighter graphics. Nintendo’s website promises “enhanced features, such as HD rumble” but it is unclear how much else has changed. The Ezio Collection will feature Ezio’s full life journey, containing short films Lineage and Embers which offer background for and show the end of Ezio’s story respectively. It will also contain all single player DLC for Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations, such as Bonfire of Vanities and The Da Vinci Disappearance.
The Ezio Collection on the Nintendo Switch will be released later this week on the 17th of February for £44.99.