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The PlayStation Vita game will be offered in both regular game form and the Chrystal White Vita bundle that will include the game and bonus material.
Liberation features the first and only female assassin, Aveline, who joined the assassins in 1759. According to Joystiq, Aveline is “a woman of conviction” who stands between Spain and their complete control of New Orleans.
Aveline has French and African heritage which is also expressed in her weapons of choice. Aveline uses the usual assassin hidden blade but will also use a sugarcane machete, a poison dart blowpipe, and dueling pistols.
The game takes place only in New Orleans and the surrounding bayou in the eighteenth century. The game begins in 1765 and continues through 1780 with a focus on the impacts of the French and Indian War.
The French and Indian War was fought mainly between Britain and France – and their respective Native American allies – over their North American territories between 1754 and 1763. Although most of the fighting in North America had ended by 1760, after Aveline joins the Brotherhood in the game, the official treaty was not signed until February of 1763. As part of the treaty, Spain, who was the French ally during the war, lost Florida to the British. The French gave the Louisiana territory, which included New Orleans, to Spain as compensation for the loss of Florida.
During the time period of the game players will witness the impacts of the French and Indian War first hand. Many French and German settlers in New Orleans were not happy about their new government nor the individuals that were sent to govern them. Players will most likely witness and participate in such events as the Louisiana Rebellion of 1768 when the first Spanish governor, Antonio de Ulloa, was run out. Other events that will probably be included in the game are the Spanish involvement in the American Revolutionary War (on the side of the rebels) in 1779 and the Battle of Saint Louis in 1780 – the only Revolutionary battle west of the Mississippi.
Although the game is on a handheld system, Ubisoft promises that the game will live up to the reputation of the PlayStation console games. Geoffroy Sardin, Chief Executive of Ubisoft Sales and Marketing stated, “The release of Assassin’s Creed III Liberation will be the series’ most ambitious handheld offering to date.”
The game will have the same incredible visuals – although on a significantly smaller screen – and will allow the player to do all of the same types of actions as previous assassin games. Assassinations, pickpocketing, and tree climbing will all be possible. Players will also be able to swim through the bayou to explore ancient Mayan ruins and will have to avoid dangerous animals in the forest, like in Assassin’s Creed III. Ubisoft has also announced that all of the PlayStation Vita features – the dual touchpads, motion detection, and built-in camera – will be used during the gameplay.
The missions in Liberation will be shorter – to better accommodate the hand-held nature of the game – but will still be similar to those in Assassin’s Creed III. There is also the possibility of overlapping events with Assassin’s Creed III and that Aveline and Connor, the character in Assassin’s Creed III, will meet.
If the user links the PlayStation Vita with the PlayStation and has Assassin’s Creed III, they will receive exclusive in-game content. Other upgrades include extra multiplayer characters, upgrades of ammunition pouches and a tomahawk for Aveline.
Liberation will also have a multiplayer function, like in Assassin’s Creed III and previous AC games.
After the somewhat disappointing array of PlayStation Vita games announced at the E3 conference, many are excited to finally get to use their Vita.
Ubisoft Sofia is responsible for the creation of this game, the same creators of “Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars” that was a hit on the Nintendo 3DS; it comes as no surprise that the game was nominated as the Best Handheld/Mobile Game at the E3 Conference this year. Assassin’s Creed III, the PlayStation console game, was also nominated for several awards: Best of Show, Best Console Game, and Best Action/Adventure Game.
Ultimately, the worries that Assassin’s Creed III will not live up to the previous incarnations are unnecessary. Both games are highly anticipated by old and new fans and will definitely be games that should not be missed.