The PC edition of Assassin's Creed 2 will hit stores almost exactly four months after the console launch. As Shacknews relates, Ubisoft has finally set a date for the PC release—March 16.
Folks who haven't already bitten the bullet and bought the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 version will have two PC flavors to choose from: a $59.99 regular edition and a $64.99 Black Edition. Both packages will include the full game plus the two add-ons released to date, Battle of Forli and Bonfire of the Vanities. The Black Edition will be available exclusively via digital distributors, however, and it will also feature "additional content." (No word yet on what that content will be.)
Ubisoft has also outed minimum and recommended system specs for Assassin's Creed 2 PC. The company recommends a relatively fast dual-core processor (2.6GHz Core 2 Duo or 3GHz Athlon X2) alongside a GeForce 8800 GT or Radeon HD 4700-series graphics card. That sounds pretty similar to the kind of hardware 2K Games suggests for BioShock 2. Unlike 2K, though, Ubisoft recommends playing the PC port with an Xbox 360 controller. The original Assassin's Creed didn't have a particularly straightforward keyboard-and-mouse control scheme, so it sounds like the sequel may not bring improvements on that front.
Assassin's Creed 2 came out for consoles on November 17. Ubisoft formally postponed the PC launch a couple of months before, saying the new schedule would give "a bit more time for the dev team to deliver the best quality game to you."