Ubisoft announced the upcoming DLC for "Assassin's Creed 2" today. Two packs are planned, with "Battle of Forli" releasing in January and "Bonfire of the Vanities" releasing in February. But for those that played through the main game already this shouldn't really come as a shock. For first time that I can recall, a game developer actively teased downloadble content by incorporating it into the main storyline of the game.
FYI, if you haven't played through the game, some spoilers are ahead...
Late in "Assassin's Creed 2" there's a moment where you're unable to access two memories from Ezio's history (Session 12 and 13, to be specific). During this sequence there's some voice over from your operators, talking about the events that occurred during those missing sessions, specifically mentioning some conflict in Forli, as well as the Bonfire of the Vanities in Florence.
Thanks to the ever-accurate Wikipedia, here's what you can expect in the Battle of Forli DLC pack:
The most renowned of the Ordelaffi was Pino III, who held the Signiory of Forlì from 1466 to 1480. Pino was a ruthless lord; nevertheless he enriched the city with new walls and buildings and was a sponsor of the arts. When he died aged just 40, perhaps by poisoning, the situation of Forlì was weakened as factions of Ordelaffi fought one another, until Pope Sixtus IV claimed the signory for his nephew Gerolamo Riario. Riario was married to Caterina Sforza, the indomitable Lady of Forlì whose name is associated with the city's last independent history. Forlì was seized in 1488 by Visconti and in 1499 by Cesare Borgia, after whose death it became more directly subject to the pope than ever been before (apart from an ephemeral return of Ordelaffi in 1503-1504).
Caterina Sforza plays a bit part in the main game, with Ezio rescuing her from a rock via gondola. Oh, and Pope Sixtus IV...yep, that's the evil pope at the end.
As for "Bonfire of the Vanities," here's what good ol' Wiki has to say:
Bonfire of the Vanities (Italian: Falò delle vanità) refers to the burning of objects that are deemed to be occasions of sin. The most famous one took place on 7 February 1497, when supporters of the Dominican priest Girolamo Savonarola collected and publicly burned thousands of objects like cosmetics, art, and books in Florence, Italy, on the Shrove Tuesday festival.
Whether you like it or not, DLC plans are now baked into every major video game release, most planned long before the game even launches. While I can't confirm that Ubisoft intentionally held back content that could've been included in the boxed version of "Assassin's Creed 2," there was definitely an intention to take a chunk of the story for the purpose of DLC.
Whatever the case, the sheer quality of the boxed game is more than worth the asking price, so I don't think there's too much to complain about with Ubi trying to get a few extra bucks out of folks (presuming the DLC is of the same high quality). After all, it's better than searching for those damn feathers.