We've already had a good old moan about collector's editions and the like, lamenting the deluge of statues and figurines crowding our geek shelves. Now, as much as we'd like to think Ubisoft heard our concerns, we doubt the recent announcement of Assassin's Creed Revelations Collector's and Animus Editions had anything to do with Dealspwn, sadly.
So, Collector's Edition first. To open it you first have to break the Assassins' seal keeping its contents a secret. Then, inside you'll find a 50-page art-book, an OST disc and Assassins Creed Embers, an animated short-film. But wait, we're not done! Each edition features unique in-game content, and the Collector's edition throws in a self-contained story where Ezio explores the prison that held Vlad the Impaler in pursuit of his fabled hidden-blade weapon. Additionally, it'll net you two exclusive multiplayer characters: the Crusader and the Ottoman Jester, a new take on Brotherhood's Harlequin.
Next up, the Animus Edition. Again, breaking the Assassins seal grants you entry to its wealth of riches, such as a fully-featured encyclopedia to test and improve your knowledge of the Assassins Creed universe. It also includes Embers, the short AC film found in the Collector's Edition, too. The Animus Edition packs the Vlad the Impaler excursion, too, along with improved capacity for bullets, bombs and the crossbow whilst playing, and the same two exclusive multiplayer combatants from the Collector's Edition. The icing on the cake? The Brutus Armor we all fought so hard to attain in Brotherhood is included for free, from the off. Bastards! [Ubisoft]