Recruitment missions are dotted about the city, allowing Ezio to expand the Brotherhood and increase his influence in Rome. Later on in the demo, we see Ezio rescue a potential assassin from two Templar guards. After launching himself from his horse, Ezio simultaneously plunges two blades into the chest of each guard, clearly an impressive sight to the fledgling killer. With the assassin free from harm, he's persuaded into joining the Brotherhood, where a host of other options open up.
Far more than a simple means of delegation, Brotherhood allows players to manage their entourage with a level of depth more commonly associated with an RPG. Assassins can be sent on their own individual missions, and if they're successful will be rewarded with experience and skill points. As they grow in level and strength, they can be sent on harder and harder missions, and will become more useful to Ezio in combat, too. Each assassin can be tailored to the player's tastes; you can assign skills, change the colour of an assassin's robes and change their equipment. The guild is yours, and you can manage it how you see fit.
The last section of the level sees Ezio scrambling up the side of the tower while his cohorts dispatch of the enemies at its base. After reaching the top, Ezio lives up to his legendary status, killing the leader of the tower, lighting some sort of explosive device and then throwing himself out the window as a firework display of flames and rubble goes off behind him.
With the tower destroyed, the area once under its control is ripe for renovation. Shops can be opened, increasing the prosperity of the area. Everything ties into this theme of influence and power; the more towers that are defeated and the more assassins under Ezio's control, the more power he has over the city. This power and influence will grow throughout the campaign, with the ultimate intention of finally overthrowing the tyrannous Borgia, the ruler of Rome.
As mentioned at the start of this preview, Brotherhood feels much more than a stop gap on the way to Assassin's Creed 3. It has enough innovations and fresh ideas to warrant a full blown sequel, but Ubisoft has already confirmed that AC3 will feature an all new protagonist, and will more than likely take place in a different historical period, too. Don't be put off by a lack of a number in the title, the word 'Brotherhood' and all the features that it entails in game is more than enough to keep fans of the series happy.
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood will be available November 19 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.