"Assassin's Creed 2" may be a couple of short weeks away from its North American release, but those weeks are going to seem extra long for anyone who expected to see a demo available between now and November 17. The game promises to feature Kristen Bell, "a bit of sex" and achievements and trophies. What it will not feature, however, is an advance demo that's downloadable for the public.
The decision not release a demo was confirmed by an Ubisoft representative at the Eurogamer Expo, according to Connected Consoles.
Though Ubisoft has exhibited gameplay and given hands-on demonstrations for viewers, it looks like they're opted to let the full game speak for itself this time around, rather than luring buyers in with a free sample. It's predecessor didn't launch an advance demo either, though, it should be noted, so the decision doesn't mark a dramatic change in strategy.
The move will likely stir grumbles among gamers who bemoaned the lack of a demo the first time around -- and there were plenty who voiced grievances. They'll just have to try it out on displays at their local Best Buy or Wal-Mart like the olden days.
Do you think Ubisoft is making a mistake by not releasing an advance "Assassin's Creed 2" demo? How much more likely are you to buy a game if you've played a demo beforehand? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.