VIDEO GAMES: Nifty Things We Know about Assassin's Creed 3

VIDEO GAMES: Nifty Things We Know about Assassin's Creed 3

A much needed info drop on Assassin's Creed 3

A little while back, the next sequel to the very popular Assassin's Creed video game series was revealed. Since the reveal, we have learned a lot about the title, Assassin's Creed 3. There hasn't been an official sequel in the series since Assassin's Creed 2. Two direct sequels to the second game were released that both followed the adventures of Ezio Auditore, a Florentine nobleman that became an Assassin.
Assassin's Creed 3 will feature a new protagonist named Connor. Connor is a Native-American who will become an Assassin; the third game will take place in the Americas during the Revolutionary War, instead of in Europe. If you know anything about the series, you probably realize that is a huge step in the series. Luckily for you, the developers behind the game have revealed quite a bit of information.

The following excerpts are a few major points from a compilation of all confirmed facts we know about the game, and some simple observations concerning the game's mechanics and gameplay.

1. "Assassin's Creed III tells the epic story of Connor Ratohnhaké:ton, a member of the Mohawk tribe who volunteers to join the Assassins guild. "He's a guy who joins the Assassins as an outsider," the game's creative director Alex Hutchinson, says. He was born a member of the Mohawk Nation. Why he has joined the assassins is key to the story."

8. "The game's main section, featuring Connor, takes place from around 1753-1783. "You are not winning the Revolution," creative director Alex Hutchinson says. "The Revolution is in the game's background." Some of the game's themes: liberty or death, power and slavery, control vs. freedom. Its player fantasies: be a nation's pioneer, help found a country, inspire the world to fight for freedom."

11. "The "big new setting" for AC III is the frontier, a region that is 1 1/2 times the size of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood's massive and geographically diverse Rome. Some 30% of the game's missions will occur there as will a great deal of player-driven exploration. Missions may involve the Battles of Lexington and Concord and George Washington's camp at Valley Forge. Players will find animals and outposts on the frontier. If Connor is just a face in the crowd in the game's cities, out in the frontier, he'll be a man against nature in the wilderness."

15. "There is weather. Fog will set in, compelling players to use a revamped version of the series' Eagle Vision. It will rain, though Connor won't slip and slide. And there will be snow. A lot of it."

21. "By the time it is released, ACIII will have been in development for 2 1/2 years, according to Ubisoft, the longest development cycle for an AC game since the series' original installment."

22. "The new game is supposed to be the franchise's largest. Says Hutchinson: "We are making the biggest AC game yet, in terms of physical size and gameplay time and in terms of new mechanics and things to do."

39. "Guns suck in late 18th century. "Even though enemies have guns, luckily they're inaccurate," Hutchinson says. "The goal as a player is to close the distance, get in close and stay in close combat."

46. "The game's story is designed to surprise you. "We have some serious twists," Hutchinson says, "We have a goal with this story of being unpredictable. In other words, in a game where someone says, 'Go meet Jim' and Jim is there and says, 'Hi, I'm Jim,' it's tedious. It's no surprise. There need to be things you're asked to do that twist and turn and change. And surprise you. And I guarantee you, that that's the story."

47. The game includes at least one major historical deviation that they'll note as it occurs, but they are otherwise trying to stick to a feeling of earnest historical fiction, not fantasy.

Well there you have it! The list in its entirety is fifty points long, and it's all very interesting. Hit the source jump to read it, I highly recommend it.

Are you excited for Assassin's Creed 3? I certainly am. I have my copy pre-ordered from Gamestop, which includes a free upgrade to the Signature Edition (Collector's Edition). In my opinion, that's a much better deal than the sh*tstorm that Mass Effect 3 caused with it's N7 Edition. The Signature Edition comes with a pretty epic looking steel-book case, and some in-game items that have yet to be revealed.
Assassin's Creed 3 will assassinate your free-time on October 30th.

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