It looks like Ubisoft is having another go at launching Assassin’s Creed on a Nintendo console.
Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation Collection for Nintendo Switch has popped up for sale on a couple of Czech retailers (as spotted on reddit), a month after an untitled “Assassin’s Creed Compilation” first appeared on German chain MediaMarkt.
This is the upcoming AC3 and AC3: Liberation re-release which is also coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s been announced as part of the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey season pass, due in March, and will also be sold separately.
Of course, Assassin’s Creed 3 launched on a Nintendo console before – on Wii U, where it failed to make much of an impression. This re-release adds enjoyable spin-off AC3: Liberation, originally released for the PlayStation Vita, a sort-of companion game with the series’ first kickass lady Assassin.
For most of the world, this will be the first Assassin’s Creed game on a Nintendo console since AC3 on Wii U – although Odyssey is available on Nintendo Switch in Japan via a special cloud streaming version. (This won’t launch elsewhere.)
AC3 isn’t the strongest of the series – it lacks the roguish charm of the early Ezio era, and was a dry run for the naval gameplay which made Black Flag fun. But there’s still a fair amount to love – Haytham (why wasn’t he main character?), the Homestead, and the modern day storyline finally providing an ending for poor old Desmond.
Last year, I chatted with AC3 creative director Alex Hutchinson about what he’d change if he could remake the game now.