With less than 4 months until we see the end of Ezio Auditore, today Ubisoft released the trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Embers, an animated short film to accompany copies of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. While the trailer is a bit of a downer, it does answer some questions that I’ve had for a few months.
The video is a few seconds over one minute in length, and shows a much older Ezio (older than what was shown in the Revelations trailer). Here we see him with family, something that I’m sure he has wanted for quite some time. If you played through the Cristina missions in Brotherhood you know that his relationship with her ended rather badly (I know I cried), and his fling with Caterina Sforza was brief. I did notice that Ezio’s wife is much younger than he is, that old rascal, and he has a daughter who is appears to be somewhere between the ages of 4-6.
We see Ezio writing down notes, perhaps some form of a memoir, and it shows the softer side of the brutal assassin. We’ve always known that he has a tender side to him, but when a person gets older and is towards the end of their life, a change occurs where reflecting back is only natural. It seems as if Ezio has reached that point in his. He plays the doting father, standing in the doorway with his wife and watching their child sleep, and yet that practical side is still there with him worrying about his families safety. I couldn’t exactly tell from the trailer, but it also appears as if Ezio has chosen to reside in the villa at Monteriggioni.
The age in Ezio’s voice, the worries that he has, and the scene where he is shown clutching his chest as if he is having some cardiovascular difficulty all brings it home that the youthful man we met in Assassin’s Creed II isn’t quite so young anymore. It’s heartbreaking watching a character we’ve grown attached to over two games inch closer to his end, but I know that the team at Ubisoft will give him a worthy and honorable sendoff.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations along with Embers will hit store shelves, and the disc tray of my Xbox 360, on November 15th. I know I’m counting down the days, and so should you.