Yet another oh-so-wonderful pre-order bonus! For those of you with access to Gamestop stores, a pre-order for Assassin’s Creed 2 will grant you access to an exclusive in-game area: the famed Palazzo Medici, a Renaissance-era palace located in Florence, Italy.
The palace, designed by the Italian architect Michelozzo di Bartolomeo, was built for Cosimo de’ Medici, of the powerful and infamous Medici family of the Florentine gentry. It was built between 1445 and 1460, and was “one of the numerous palazzo built during the period of Florentine prosperity.” Now, with a pre-order, players will be able to simultaneously run and jump on some of history’s most beautiful architecture, and cause di Bartolomeo to roll in his grave.
Assassin’s Creed 2 is joining an esteemed list of games that will offer bonuses when pre-ordered at Gamestop, among such titles as Forza 3 and Madden 10. However, this sort of content-locking or inclusion of special “bonuses” for pre-orders is quite a hot topic; and, as players that bought X-Men Origins: Wolverine know, these bonuses are not always exclusive, as can be seen by the Gamestop pre-order bonus that was released for $10 on the Marketplace a mere month after the game’s release.
What do the readers think of this bonus? Is it worth a pre-order, or have you had enough?