Assassins Creed 3

A lot of rumors and speculation were circulating around the location of the next Assassins Creed title but earlier this week Game Informer put all of that to rest by leaking art work of the upcoming game.  Assassins Creed 3 WILL BE set during the American Revolution and the main protagonist will be a guy named Connor who had an English father and a Native American mother.  According to Game Informer the opening sequence will see you play as Connor during his childhood on the American frontier as he’s raised by a Native American tribe called The Mohawk.  The whites eventually clash with the tribe and burn down Connors village and it’s in that experience of our new hero that he dedicates himself to fighting injustice, tyranny and the templar order.  (How he finds out about the Templars is yet to be revealed.)   The game will be set between 1753 and 1783 and will have Connor running around the cities of Boston and New York.

A few people who have been confirmed to be in the game play a huge roll during this historical event with characters such as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and a guy named Charles Lee, (I’ve done a bit of research and I can’t figure out who Charles Lee is???) (Where is Thomas Jefferson?  Wasn’t he a main player during the American Revolution?)

Ubisoft is definitely pulling out the stops as they have completely revamped the Anvil game engine to support a much broader spectrum of level designs.  You will be able to see a thousand man bloody battle during certain levels of the game (the previous assassins creed games could only handle up to 100 men) AND taking a note out of Naughty Dog’s instruction manual, their scenes in the game are completely acted out and recorded while the actors wear those skin tight suit’s with the motion capture devices attached in order to achieve a more realistic angle.  The combat system has also been upgraded with a brand spanking new arsenal to go with our new assassin.  There will be nothing familiar from the previous games except maybe the hidden blade (which I’m still waiting to see a picture of) and of course kill streaks.

The game play is slightly different from the previous games.  Connor will be able to climb trees, cliffs, hunt for resources, jump over wagons and slide under obstacles.  (A very interesting change to the formula) and you can use human shields.  Seasons will also change from summer to winter in which the lakes will freeze over and, snow will be falling etc, etc and all this will test your skills as an assassin as you hunt your prey.   There will be no more tower defense (YAY!!!) and an upgraded notoriety system.

There will also be more of the first person perspective block levels but Ubisoft is yet to release any more details regarding it.

This game has been three years in the making and has double the production capacity and budget when compared to revelations.

Although a new time period is obviously welcome I can’t help but wonder if we are ever going to be able to play as Desmond as a full fledged assassin.  It seems like everything is going into his ancestors, which is awesome, but still, four games in the making and we’ve only ever officially played as skilled Desmond twice in the series.

The other thing that does concern me though is the release date.  The game is set to come out on October 30 2012.  Two months from the “end of the world” story line.  If Ubisoft is focusing on yet another of Desmond’s ancestors, will there be time to play as Desmond to save the world or will be just a few quick levels and “oh, I just saved the world”.  If they are going to incorporate more levels for Desmond will it perhaps come down as a DLC after the games release in order to push up sales for a new DLC download which might tie in perfectly before 24 December 2012?  It would be a great way for Ubisoft to milk the franchise especially for the hard core Assassin fans (like myself) that will be waiting up late in order to download the DLC before we all meet our end.

Only time will tell I guess but until then, a new Assassin is emerging out of history and a new era is dawning on the horizon.

And just to wet your appetite even more, I present to you the official Assassins Creed 3 trailer…. enjoy fellow Assassins

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