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The long awaited “Assassins Creed III” has fans everywhere anticipating the October 30, 2012 release date. Three years in the works, Ubisoft has declared “Assassin’s Creed III” the “most ambitious” of any of their projects, according to Airborne Gamer. The description is aptly earned since Ubisoft spent those three years building a new engine, AnvilNext, from the ground up, to improve game quality. Using motion-capture animation and AI technologies, AnvilNext not only creates more realistic scenery but also character models and interactions. According to Ubisoft, the company is attempting to make “Assassin’s Creed III” look like next generation technology on current generation consoles.
The game continues with character Desmond Miles as he continues to search the past for clues as to how to save the world from devastation in 2012. Now he visits the memories of an assassin ancestor caught in the middle of the American Revolution, Connor Kenway, and follows his life from 1753 to 1783. Connor Kenway, or Ratohnhake’ton, is considered an outsider as the son of a Mohawk mother and British father. When his village is attacked by colonists he is thrust into the main action of the game and joins the assassin cause.
Connor experiences all of the major events during this time period as he explores the cities of Boston and New York and the vast wilderness in between. He attends the Battle of Bunker Hill and meets many legends of American history including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Lee, Israel Putnam, Lafayette, John Pitcairn, and William Prescott. One aspect that Ubisoft was very particular about in game creation is that people will only die on the days in which they actually died. Many wonder how assassin, stealth, and recon missions will change with this attention to detail.
Assassin missions will also be affected because Connor takes neither side through all of these events he witnesses and participates in, meaning Templars from both sides are fair game. In one of the first promotional videos put out by Ubisoft, Connor states, “in the name of liberty I will fight the enemy, regardless of their allegiance.”
With the move to the new world and a completely different culture to pull from, the creators of “Assassin’s Creed III” have updated game play mechanics. Connor possesses instinctual tracking skills that allow him to learn what has happened after an event; this is no doubt an updated version of eagle vision. In addition to climbing buildings Connor will be able to climb trees and cliffs, which he will need to survive and traverse the wilderness setting.
His weapons have also changed to include a Tomahawk, rope darts, and firearms. Guns will be more prevalent in this game due to the time period, but since rifling of the barrel was not introduced until the Civil War, accuracy of soldiers is terrible. The bombs from Revelations will disappear from game play in ACIII now that black powder is being used; instead, players can shoot explosive barrels and destroy enemy camps. According to the “Assassin’s Creed III” website, “one thing is clear: the world that the Assassins live in has become far more deadly. And so have you.”
The Assassin’s Creed games were planned as a trilogy, meaning that although this is the fifth game in the series it is the last game to be numbered and the last new assassin to appear. There is the possibility that Ubisoft may create a follow-up game to the Connor storyline but this is mere speculation.
However, Ubisoft has announced that they are creating a completely new game for the PS Vita to be released sometime this fall called “Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation.” “Liberation” will take place during the same time as “Assassins Creed III” in New Orleans but with a new female assassin, Aveline, who resides in New Orleans and is advised by an escaped slave, Agate. Ubisoft has been considering a female assassin for a long time but believed the game setting in “Assassin’s Creed III” a bad match. The “Liberation” storyline will cross paths with Connor but another individual will be using the Animus instead of Desmond Miles.
Ubisoft is including a lot of DLCs and extras with pre-orders or special editions. Pre-ordering the game in the US includes a single player mission called the “Lost Mayan Ruin” and an extra weapon: the sawtooth sword. There will also be four different types of collector’s editions: Freedom Edition, Join Or Die Edition, Special Edition, and UbiWorkshop Edition; each with their own unique content and extra materials.
More information from the E3 conference can be found in part 2 of this article. The topics covered include naval battles, the multiplayer game, and even more on Connor’s abilities.