In the past few days Ubisoft has been releasing a few interesting details about the new Assassin’s Creed game. I guess they are calling it Assassin’s Creed 3, following the Grand Theft Auto method of numbering and completely ignoring the past two major additions to the series. In all likelihood, the game will be released in October for Xbox360, PS3 and PC.
A statement released by Ubisoft gives a details on the next installment of the popular series:
Assassin’s Creed III is powered by Ubisoft-AnvilNext, a revolutionary new game engine that delivers breakthroughs in visual quality, character models and artificial intelligence. Assassin’s Creed III will feature a ground-breaking level of stunning graphics that bring Colonial America to life.
Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Assassin’s Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratohnaké:ton, of Native American and English heritage. Adopting the name Connor, he becomes the new voice for justice in the ancient war between the Assassins and Templars.
Players become an Assassin in the war for liberty against ruthless tyranny in the most stylized and fluid combat experiences in the franchise to date. Assassin’s Creed III spans the Revolutionary War, taking gamers from the vibrant, untamed frontier to bustling colonial towns and the intense, chaotic battlefields where George Washington’s Continental Army clashed with the imposing British Army.
“Assassin’s Creed III features the franchise’s most expansive setting so far, along with an exciting new hero and exponentially more gameplay,” said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “Whether you’re a longtime fan of Assassin’s Creed or if you’re new to the franchise, you’re going to be blown away by the scale and marvel of Assassin’s Creed III.”
The tomahawk and knife combination especially intrigue me. The trailer makes the fighting style seem fluid and a rival of the sword-based combat from past installments. Using trees to climb around the American frontier also has a certain appeal. Ubisoft also revealed that there will be a completely new combat system that discourages “turtling,” or sitting in a defensive posture, which has been a consistent issue with the AC combat system. They also revealed that snow will play an important role in the gameplay, as the snow will bog the player down, but will also hinder the movements of soldiers. Another interesting detail of the game is that the story doesn’t just equate the colonials as the “good-guys” and the British as the villains since there will be an increased attention to morally ambiguous situations. While this sounds like an interesting detail, many of the images seem to disagree.
While I’m always excited about a new Assassin’s Creed game, what few details released support a growing theory of my own that Ubisoft cannot figure out what to do with Desmond Miles, the actual protagonist/main character of the series. With Desmond playing such a minor, uninteresting and easily forgotten role in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, I keep wondering when they are going to be ready for him to finally get some real payback at Abstergo and become an Assassin rivaling Altaïr or Ezio. I’d also really like to see Desmond make a martini. He and I both have bartending experience, while recently our skills have taken us into less lucrative, but more fulfilling lines of work.