Assassin's Creed... the Card Game?

Prepare to get a dose of strategic planning in your Assassin's Creed

The worlds of video gaming and hobby gaming don't collide very often, but when they do, prepare yourself for some rather interesting results. Ubisoft has thrown video game journalists for a loop by announcing Assassin's Creed Recollection, a digital card game for iOS. With a 10 hour campaign.

Little is known about the gameplay outside of this blurb from the official Ubisoft press release:

Assassin's Creed Recollection lets fans discover and amass a wide variety of artwork created for the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Players also will be able to compete in political battles in a real-time strategy game with key characters and locations from the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

A closer look at some of the faith-based cards

From the handful of screenshots released, it's obvious that the game will hinge on some sort of set collection, but the mention of "real time" strategy surely must be in error.

Yet more insight can be gleamed from the layout and design of each card. There are six main groupings, identified by each card's primary color, as well as two symbols and three numerical stats. There is no mention of multiplayer support, so we'll just have to wait and see whether that's enough complexity to warrant such a hefty solo campaign length.

A screenshot of the entire set view. Can you collect them all?

What is known is that the game will launch in time for the holidays, and will come packed with a present for fans of the series. Assassin's Creed: Embers will be a animated short included in the app, which will tell the story of an aged Ezio Auditore.