The protagonist in this title will be Connor, a man of English and Native American decent. Given that he was raised in the Mohawk village with his mother, I am intrigued to see how this all plays out, whether he will harbor resentment for the white men who have invaded the home of his people or not. Given that he is of mixed race, it could go either way, or Ubisoft could choose to avoid the subject altogether, though personally I find that this would be something worth venturing into.
As with all Assassin’s Creed titles, this game will be rooted in history, taking place during the Revolutionary War in Colonial America from 1753 to 1783. Right here we can see that this game is actually going to take place before and after the war ends, so we’re looking forward to being able to explore the post-war era America. Ubisoft has said that there will be numerous historical figures that will play prominent rolls in the story, such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin as a character similar to Leonardo Da Vinci, Charles Lee, Lafayette, and possibly Benedict Arnold and Lord Cornwallis. Along with this impressive cast of historical figures, we will be traversing through historic cities of the time period such as Boston, New York, the Frontier, and some scenes in Philadelphia (for the signing of the Declaration of Independence) and the Mohawk village (where we will see Connor grow up).As with previous Assassin’s Creed games, you will receive new weapons and armor that you will be able to equip and upgrade as you progress through the game. We will be seeing some new and returning weapons, some with some interesting tweaks that will make them feel new and exciting after all this time. In nearly every screenshot we’ve seen of Assassin’s Creed III, we’ve seen Connor with a Tomahawk with the blade in the shape of the Assassin’s logo, so it’s pretty safe to assume we will have use of this weapon (though there was that crossbow in the first game was shown but never made playable, so we’ll see). Among other confirmed weapons, we have the iconic Hidden Blade, though this time it is said it will be able to be detached and used as a small knife as well. We’ve also see the return of the pistol with the new ability to dual wield them, along with a bow and arrow to replace the crossbow of the previous games. In Revelations, we saw the addition of the Hook Blade which made traversing the cities much more efficient; in this game, we will see the addition of the Rope Dart which will act as a grappling device which can be used to real enemies in from afar. With all these weapons, I’m excited to see what else has made it into the game that Ubisoft has kept us in the dark about.
Assassin’s Creed games have featured means to make money and collect land since Assassin’s Creed II, so it’s only natural that these features make their way into the latest installment as well. Players will be able to collect animal furs and pelts, as well as fast travel between locations where they will be able to invest in the towns to make a profit, much as previous games have done. Although there hasn’t been any word on multiplayer making it into the game, the general consensus among people anticipating this game’s release is that they would rather have no multiplayer, while it is extremely fun, and more expansive, well done single player mode. People feel that multiplayer features are taking time away from the improvement of core features to the game, and generally agree that multiplayer should take a backseat everything else.Another big question that’s been on my mind is the Desmond storyline. After Revelations, we saw why Desmond became an Assassin and how everything leading up to the first game has made him who he is. It really made me feel connected to his as a character and I do want to see more done with him in the future. While the details are slim, it has been confirmed that Desmond will be making an appearance again, though to what extent has not been released. I can only hope that this modern day Assassin will feature a more prominent role in the game and we can really get a feel for what’s going on in the present day world.
Ubisoft has stated that Assassin’s Creed III is “the largest project in Ubisoft’s history” which can only be good in my opinion. They’ve spent over three years on development and have “twice the production capacity of any previous Ubisoft game.” With all this in mind, this game is probably one of my most anticipated games of the year. It comes out October 30th, so the wait is almost over.