But we avoided posting them because, well, we thought they were fake. We were wrong. We're sorry.

Namco Bandai has just confirmed that Assassin's Creed protagonist Ezio Auditore de Firenze will appear as a secret unlockable character in its upcoming weapons-based brawler. The game will also arrive sooner than you think, with a January 31st release date mooted for American gamers.

Catch the title's latest trailer after the jump.