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Assassin’s Creed II Free to Kill Again with New DLC

Assassins Creed II Bonfire of the Vanities

Videogame publisher UbiSoft today announced that the second installment of downloadable content (DLC) for its hit action-adventure Assassin’s Creed II, entitled Bonfire of the Vanities, will be available February 18th via the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Allowing access to new areas of Florence, hitman hero Ezio will also gain the ability to “spring jump” or perform parkour-like moves as he travels through the game’s Renaissance Italian settings.

Picking up where the original storyline left off, 10 new missions will be offered that see you pairing with Machiavelli himself to take on the mad monk Savonarola. The package will cost just $5, slightly more than original expansion pack Battle of Forli, but also offer a greater variety of assignments to take on, and help fill in additional gaps in the main game’s storyline. Just remember to wipe up all the blood after you’ve finished playing – it’s bad enough having to explain away those Dorito crumbs and pizza stains on the rug to the wife as is.

Assassin’s Creed II has been skulking into gamers’ living rooms at an alarming rate. Last week, Ubisoft said the Renaissance-era action adventure had shipped 8 million units worldwide since its November launch for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. To keep gamers entertained by protagonist Ezio’s cold-blooded machinations, Ubisoft has lined up a pair of Assassin’s Creed II add-on packs, the first of which, Battle of Forli, went online late last month.

Today, Ubisoft said the second batch of downloadable content, titled Bonfire of the Vanities, will be available through Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network on February 18. As previously announced, Bonfire of the Vanities will cost $5 (MSP400), $1 more than the Battle of Forli add-on.

For the extra dollar, gamers will at least see a bit more content. The DLC includes 10 memories to work through, up from the six that were included in Battle of Forli. Ezio will also be granted the new spring-jump ability, and the pack also unlocks a new district in Florence for players to explore.

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