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Gallery: Assassin's Creed Liberation HD comparison screenshots

Ubisoft released three new images of Assassin's Creed Liberation HD Wednesday, comparing the downloadable title for PS3 and Xbox 360 to the 2012 PS Vita original.

The three images show more detailed models and vibrant textures for assassin Aveline and other characters. Additional environmental details, like individual books on shelves or knots of wood on planks, bring the handheld upgrade closer in photorealistic quality to its console cousins.

Aside from visual tweaks, Liberation HD will also include refinements to missions and general gameplay, remastered music and sound effects, and new levels. Liberation is set in and around New Orleans in 1765, though main character Aveline did have a cameo role in PlayStation-exclusive DLC for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.

The game will hit PS3 on January 14 in the U.S., and on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 worldwide on January 15. It will cost $19.99 or £15.99.

We said in our 8.0 Assassin's Creed Liberation review: "Some rough edges, but this is a quality game on a machine lacking in console-calibre blockbusters. Just remember, the score is relative to the platform."