Assassin’s Creed 2 is getting two downloadable packs early next year, with the first pack out in January followed by another in February. The DLC packs, Battle of Forli and Bonfire of the Vanities, were originally supposed to be part of the main game, but was dropped due to time constraints. “I felt that, ‘Okay, there were too many things to do and to finish.’ So we said, ‘Okay, let’s take a portion of the game that was planned and we’ll give it in DLC.’ We’ll remove some stress to the team while giving more to fans and people who like Assassin’s Creed,” Patrice Desilets told Kotaku.
The first, the Battle of Forli, is due out in January for $3.99 and features six new memories. It focuses on Ezio’s work to protect the town of Forli from the invading Orsi family, and fleshes out Caterina Sforza, who you encountered briefly in the main game just before you went off to Florence. The second pack, the Bonfire of the Vanities, is due out for $4.99 in February, and unlocks a new area of Florence. Ezio has to liberate the city from Savonarola, who has taken it over thanks to an Apple of Eden.
Desilets also hinted that the team may reintroduce another feature that was cut in order to get the game finished – the ability to replay any mission. “Eventually maybe we’ll come out with some way to do it somehow,” he said.