Assassin’s Creed III Revealed!
Endless rumours about the next Assassin’s Creed game being set during the American Revolution have turned out to be true. Ubisoft has officially unveiled Assassin’s Creed III, which will star a new protagonist called Ratohnhake:ton (pronounced “Ra-doon-ha-gay-doo”) who is of British and Native American descent. Luckily for all of us who write about games for a living, Ubisoft has given Ratohnhake:ton another name: Connor.
The game will take place during the latter half of the 18th century and will follow Connor’s actions over the course of 30 years. The age-old war between the Assassins and the Templars has spilled across the Atlantic Ocean and into the New World.
The cities of Boston and New York have been confirmed for the game, but what’s even more exciting is that “the frontier” will also be a playable area.When you’re not free-running between 18th century American cities, you’ll be crossing the vast wilderness areas of the New World. The frontier is said to be a massive area that’s at least one-and-a-half times larger than the entire gameplay area of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.
Owing to his heritage, Connor has a very different set of weapons at his disposal. Artwork, trailers and snippets of information released so far have shown Connor with tomahawks, pistols, bows and arrows and of course the assassin’s signature weapon, the hidden blade.
Multiplayer will be making a return, but not much has been revealed as yet. That being said, an Xbox.com listing for the game accidentally revealed that 4-player co-op will be featured as well – that information has, however, been removed from the website.
Assassin’s Creed III will run on an entirely new engine that has been dubbed the Ubisoft-AnvilNext engine. Ubisoft promises that the engine provides “breakthroughs in visual quality, character models and artificial intelligence.”
The game has been given a release date of 31 October 2012 and will be hitting the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Ubisoft has confirmed that a Wii U version is also in the works.