Just noticed it's now available for pre-order - to be released November 1st. I am playing AC2 now, and I have to say, while the game is entertaining, I feel like I paid the right price for it ($25 used). It's a little surprising Ubisoft's follow-up is being released so soon after AC2... maybe it'll be a "continuation" and not a "sequel" (which implies wholesale improvement in game engine). I guess the MP addition is worth something! Plot: "Live and breathe as Ezio, a legendary Master Assassin, in his enduring struggle against the powerful Templar Order. He must journey into Italys greatest city, Rome, center of power, greed and corruption to strike at the heart of the enemy. Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire Brotherhood who will rally to his side. Only by working together can the Assassins defeat their mortal enemies and prevent the extinction of their Order. And for the first time, introducing a never-before-seen multiplayer layer that allows you to choose from a wide range of Assassin characters, each with their own unique weapons and assassination techniques, and match your skills against other Assassins from around the world. Its time to join the Brotherhood."