This is not the gaming surprise of the day, but this morning, Ubisoft officially announced Assassin's Creed II on "all current generation platforms."A product of over two years of development, the stealth/action game will be available this holiday season.
Here's how Ubi describes the game's plot:
In a vast open world environment, the game invites players to incarnate Ezio, a privileged young noble in Renaissance Italy who's been betrayed by the rival ruling families of Italy. Ezio's subsequent quest for vengeance plunges players into a captivating and epic story that offers more variety in missions, surprising and engaging new gameplay elements, diverse weapons and a profound character progression that will appeal to fans of the original Assassin's Creed as well as entice players new to the brand.
Promising improvements to every aspect of the game, Ubisoft creative director Patrice Desilets said, "We've plunged ourselves into the stunning history of the Italian Renaissance so that we can offer fans a unique, varied and innovative Assassin's Creed experience.”
Update: For a long feature on Assassin's Creed II, pick up the current issue of Game Informer magazine. And, if you want spoilers, it turns out all the details we listed here as rumors last week match up with GI's article.