Assassin’s Thr33d Scr33ns L3ak

By Craig Pearson on March 2nd, 2012 at 5:25 pm.

A cunningly cropped Assassin's Creed 3 screenshot: that dog has an untwistable stomach
Poor Ubisoft: everything they do seems to be leaked. Are they clutzes, incapable of keeping anything locked away in their forbidden closet of mystery? Or are they marketing geniuses, making us all rush to look at their things by pretending to drop an envelope with “IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS: Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge” in red across the front, right in front of people with a ‘Press’ card stuck in the rim of their hat? Anyway, Assassin’s Creed 3 is now a known thing, and some screenshots have snuck out, confirming the American Revolution setting. There’s a lot of rural brooding going on, including one shot where he’s hunting an animal, and only one urban area. A new direction? Below I have the only PR released thing: the packshot. Unless that’s what they want me to think? I don’t know what to believe!

Embiggen for a cromulent pack shot.

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  1. Bantros says:

    First screenshot with the Union Jack looks very nice

    • Jamesworkshop says:

      Second screenshot reminded me of hunting in Gothic 3, hopefully AC3 with be better than G3

    • Jimbo says:

      The Ireland-less flag looked so much better. We should change back. Sorry, Ireland.

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  2. DaftPunk says:

    Wow,finally some refreshing settings. Looks good.

    • Zaboomafoozarg says:

      Confirmation that the British are….. EVILLLLLLLLLLL

  3. Jad says:

    You know, initially I was skeptical of the change of focus to place and time period where there is much less in the way of densely packed cities with lots of roofs to clamber over. However, its looking like they really are going for it on the desire to change up the style of game a bit — I’m wondering if it will be a more Red Dead Redemption now.

    We’re always going on about yearly franchises that never change their gameplay — COD and the like — and Ubisoft actually looks like they might be trying to avoid that. I’m intrigued, at the very least.

    • Geralt says:

      In the Game Informer scans it said AC3 has the longest development cycle since AC1. So they have been planning/working on this since finishing AC2 while bunch of other Ubisoft studios with the help of some of their Montreal studio made Brotherhood and Revelations.

    • paterah says:

      TB actually made a great point about this some time ago, COD is first and foremost a multiplayer franchise so not changing the gameplay becomes more of a problem. AC is a franchise you play for the story so leaving the game mostly as is is somewhat more understandable when it comes to fork over the money.

  4. spongthe1st says:

    This’ll probably make me sound nuts but I probably won’t pick this up. I’d rather join the British than fight them and they’re clearly the main ‘Templar’ antagonists in this one.

    • jonfitt says:

      Not necessarily. The guards around Italy were just guards. The templars were other baddies.

    • JasonRabbit75 says:

      “The guards around Italy were just guards. ”
      Ha, that’s one of the things that bothered me about the AC series–you’re slaughtering normal guards/police (even if the overall force is corrupted by the templars). It would be like a Batman game where he kills random cops in the Gotham police force.

    • applecup says:

      @spongthe1st : Of course they are. The British are always evil. Has Hollywood taught you nothing?

    • Brun says:

      ???

      There are plenty of films that feature British protagonists (that aren’t antiheroes, so good guys).

    • apollyonbob says:

      @applecup You’re forgetting that before the British are bad guys, the Germans are bad guys. Expect the Hussars to take on a much larger role haha

    • Althilor says:

      I said in the last story on this i’d like it if it was the founding fathers who were the Templars, but I don’t think FOX news would go for it once it found out. God, can out imagine the butthur that would emanate from that channel if they got wind of something like that?

    • Jason Moyer says:

      While it seems like something that “Fox News” would raise a stink about, I don’t recall seeing them flipping out too badly about the first game letting you play as a Muslim who went around killing famous Christian leaders from history, so there’s a chance they’d be ok with it.

    • ZeroMatter says:

      Have you played the first game?
      You are not a muslim. The real, historical Assassins were muslims, but the assassins in the game are pretty much areligious. (Does “Nothing is true. Everything is permitted” sound particulary religious?)
      You are also not only killing christians, but muslims too – “secret templars” on both sides of the war.

    • lurkalisk says:

      To be fair, it’s hard not to see Britain at that point in time as villainous. I mean, not on an individual level, but when have these noble assassins ever cared about the lives of innocent interlopers?

    • Spiny says:

      @spongthe1st I’m the same, damn racists! (gets pink marker out & starts colouring the map pink again)

    • McCool says:

      What’s horrid about this setting most of the time the way it is presented paints a class spanning, incredibly complex moment of history in the despicable colours of nationalism and the glorious triumph of one Nation over another. The American revolution was a British issue just as much as it was an American one. To say “we” (the British) were the bad guys makes no sense at all. The revolutionaries were British too. They fought a revolution, on certain issues, and won. And yet I am already anticipating revolutionaries with American accents and British counter-revolutionaries all speaking the Queen’s English.

      My point being, if ever there was a game that painted the complex political situation of these wars anything like reality, all but the most blindly patriotic conservative-minded British players should feel themselves on the revolutionary side, not with the Crown. Which is totally awesome. I’m not going to hold my breath though…

  5. Generic Individual says:

    I can only spot 3 Simpsons References in that text.

    Am I right? and if I’m right, what do I win?

    • Tom-INH says:

      You have entered: Power Drive.

    • Wang Tang says:

      What’s the third?

    • Man Raised by Puffins says:

      I count three in the text itself (“forbidden closet of mystery”,”Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge”, “Embiggen for a cromulent”) and one in the alt-text (“untwistable stomach”).

    • Wang Tang says:

      Ah, didn’t recognize the “forbidden closet of mystery”, but I’m watching Simpsons in German, so bear with me :D
      But now that I googled that, it’s obvious.

  6. Tyshalle says:

    It looks pretty impressive. Though I don’t quite get how dressing in white robes works for the new timeline, but whatever.

    • lijenstina says:

      Yeah the KKK was founded later.

    • jonfitt says:

      He seems to have a dirty grey coat with the hood added on. It’s not convincing though. He would stick out like a sore thumb.

    • JasonRabbit75 says:

      They’re probably going for the “buckskin” look of mountain men in the period.

    • Zenicetus says:

      Buckskin looked very different, and he would look cool (and blend in much better) in actual brown buckskin. I predict a $10 DLC buckskin outfit available on release day.

    • The Innocent says:

      I’m hoping that the game lets you dye your clothes right away.

      To confuse everyone, I’m going with red.

    • TsunamiWombat says:

      Actually, if soldiers wore white or earthtones, they were considered Militia and thus beneath/less important notice. It;s a signal that your effectivly battlechaff. The Ancestor being Militia makes alot of sense too, since most crazed mountain men (as Mr. Timothy Murphy was who I REALLY HOPE YOUR PLAYING http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Murphy_(sniper) )

  7. Brun says:

    The change to the Revolutionary War period is actually tempting me to break my Ubisoft boycott. It will be interesting to see how the mechanics of the game are adjusted to handle the wildly different style of combat in that time period (larger emphasis on firearms rather than the bladeplay of the Crusades and Renaissance).

    Also, in before European groans about American media primacy.

    • Jamesworkshop says:

      I am already planning to burn down the white house in protest of the game :)

    • Kandon Arc says:

      Well, us Brits do have a tendency to do that.

    • Pattom says:

      Sorry, jamesworkshop, you’ll have to wait for the War of 1812 DLC for that one.

    • Jamesworkshop says:

      Pattom

      2012

      is the 200th aniversary of the 1812 war, just saying

      (I can wait until 2014, i’m being distracted by Nicolas Sarkozy for the next two years, so it will have to wait)

      I hope they paint it a more funky colo(u)r next time

  8. jonfitt says:

    Hmm. Outdoor environments. Hmm.
    I still remember the terrible outside bits towards the end of AssCreed1.
    .
    Escaping to the rooftops is pretty fundamental AssCreed for me. I guess they could have him climb a lot of trees?
    .
    Also, the Royal troops are clearly the guards here, but my money is on the Templars being involved with the revolutionary movement.

    • Brun says:

      Also, the Royal troops are clearly the guards here, but my money is on the Templars being involved with the revolutionary movement.

      Plot summary of Assassin’s Creed 3:

      1) You play a Native American fighting on the side of the Revolutionaries.
      2) Kill a bunch of redcoats.
      3) Bump shoulders with high-ranking revolutionary figures and US founding fathers.
      4) On the final level, one of those high-ranking figures steals one of those magic golden apples and is revealed to be a Templar agent.
      5) Obligatory NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
      6) Cliffhanger setup for Assassin’s Creed: Revolutions, coming May 2013!

    • Zenicetus says:

      If they can translate the building-based parkour to tree climbing and jumping from limb to limb, that could be fun. Or incredibly silly, depending on how they handle it. There’s a fine line between plausible (which the current series manages, just barely) and silly Tarzan antics when there are trees involved.

    • Kadayi says:

      “I still remember the terrible outside bits towards the end of AssCreed1.”

      You mean like 4 games ago…..

    • jonfitt says:

      Stuff like that sticks with you.
      Besides, I count only 2 real iterations in setting.

    • HothMonster says:

      Woot. Running around similar looking cities was getting boring. Time to bring some innovation back to this series.

  9. mjig says:

    Finally a game where I get to kill Brits.

    Seriously, though, I am sort of excited to see how they handle outdoor environments. The series never really grabbed me the way it did most people, it always felt sort of cheap and repetitive.

    • frenz0rz says:

      Having only played the first game I cant say what I think of the whole series, but I agree that AC1 felt fairly “cheap and repetitive” to me as well. I got about halfway through before getting bored and decided to replay Sands of Time instead.

    • sky_in_flames says:

      First AssCreed did disappoint me as well, but it had potential… so I had hopes for AssCreed2. And while the sequel boasted a bigger world and a few more ‘activities’ than the original, it was equally repetitve…
      I liked the fighting mechanics quite a bit, but hated the lack of stealth mechanics… The mansion was completely unnecessary and tedious and the “story”… -.-
      Well, I gave up on AssCreed. Won’t waste my time with another sequel.

    • HothMonster says:

      ^ that is what i said before revelations came out. I might be giving this one a try though. Just have to keep my hopes down and wait for reviews. I pre-ordered #1 and like you said i had all the potential, great ideas and a lot of heart. It just fell real flat.

    • marlin says:

      @mjig It’s not so much fun. Our death animations are terribly stiff….

  10. Droopy The Dog says:

    Please god don’t make all the british voice actors universally cockney.

    I’ll suffer Alan Rickman for templar big bad though.

    • RogB says:

      didnt mind it in Killzone, would quite like a ‘play as a Helghast’ version.

    • Koozer says:

      I was going to say this. Americans trying to do ‘English’ accents makes my ears bleed. *recalls terrible memories of Tango and Cash*

    • maninahat says:

      What annoys me more is when they give the American revolutionaries modern American accents, and the British troops modern English accents. They’d sound the same on both sides!

  11. Quasar says:

    I do like me a bit of Ass, it’s true. Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.

    Oh, and I’m totally calling that the protagonist will be a Native American, so that he can murder the Brits and the Yanks equally. For bonus points, in keeping with the names translating to ‘Eagle’, I’m betting his name will be Migisi.

    • Jonith says:

      My thoughts exactly. I think it is pretty obvious you will be killing Brits (damn all you treasonous yanks) but wasn’t it also shown in a puzzle in one of the games that the Founding Fathers where templars, meaning you could have to fight them as well. (If we get a punch up with George Washington, I will be happy.)

      Also calling the fact that while you help the Americans, you have to try and assassinate Benedict Arnold due to the whole traitor thing, but you fail. (Maybe you are captured by the British who tell you about the Templars in the revoloution, but I reckon that mission will be in)

  12. ArtyFishal says:

    The Assassin costume looks really out of place in the 18th century. They should have tried to update it more.

    • JasonRabbit75 says:

      It looks like a buckskin coat with a hood. Just needs some more fringes to be more period appropriate,

    • ArtyFishal says:

      An aspect of the other Assassin’s games was social camouflage where the Assassin could loose himself in a crowd. Can you think of an 18th century, colonial American crowd where this Assassin would not stick out?

    • JasonRabbit75 says:

      Well, most of the screen shots show him wandering around in the woods and mountains. A buckskin coat does not seem inappropriate there. In the city, they’d probably consider him just another rustic.

    • Reapy says:

      Was in to type the exact same sentence you did. I could buy it in all the other games, it generally fit with the timeline, this, the style of clothing is way out of time period. I don’t mind them jazzing him up in the AC white with all crazy gear hanging off him, just, it needs to fit the theme a bit better.

      Either way, I think it will be really nice to see what they build, their cities are pretty much top notch, and I haven’t really seen a game visit this time period/setting at all in this capacity (ie the total wars but you aren’t building the cities/towns/wilderness with the same level of detail).

    • Maldomel says:

      Exactly. The costume really doesn’t fit. Seriously, it’s all white, with a hood. A friging hoodie. Nobody wore that stuff in this times.

    • Binho says:

      It looked equally out of place in the 12th century, and the 15th century as well. People just aren’t as familiar with the earlier time periods.

  13. RakeShark says:

    Getting the standard “Ubisoft won’t get a cent out of me due to their draconian DRM scheme” out of the way, and jumping into the new-found “I have problems with AC being set in America”.

    I think this can work. Forest path ambushes, sneaking and skulduggery in an occupied city like Boston/New York/Philly, maybe even the American defeats at Quebec. All this leading to possibly a major operation like the re-capture of Philly, or possibly Yorktown somehow.

    I’d probably say if the new assassin is half native, then he’d be half Iroquois, mostly because they were the most notable natives during the late colonization and revolution era (siding with the Brits for both the French-Indian against the Algonquians and Revolutionary wars). A decent character antagonist would probably be Benedict Arnold, considering the places he went and the shadowy nature of his defection/betrayal. There are plenty of co-conspirators to plow through on that story.

    There is opportunity to make all sides of this conflict not either bastions of justice and goodness or terrible mustache-twirling villains, because while taxes-tariffs-oppression are usually heaped on the Brits, you could also heap unchecked aggressive expansionism, war-lust, and underhanded conniving on the Americans. And we haven’t brought in the things like the Templars/Freemasons/etc.

    There’s definitely an Assassin’s Creed story in there. It’s just going to take an eye for detail, a deft hand of storytelling, and a pair of balls to do right.

    Personally, I think the War of 1812 might have been a better American setting. After all, that was a war less about patriotic ideals and more about business/power.

    • Jonith says:

      Posted Above as well, but it also fits your post:

      Calling the fact that while you help the Americans, you have to try and assassinate Benedict Arnold due to the whole traitor thing, but you fail. (Maybe you are captured by the British who tell you about the Templars in the revoloution, but I reckon that mission will be in)

  14. KenTWOu says:

    These screenshots from very big Game Informer article.

  15. codename_bloodfist says:

    Actually looks pretty nice, even though you have to play a filthy colonist.

  16. ShadowBlade says:

    Looks awesome! I’m glad it looks how I was hoping :)

  17. frenz0rz says:

    I’m probably jumping the gun here, but I really cant see myself wanting to play a game of Glorious American Revolutionaries versus the Universally Evil British. Yes, yes, I know its only a game and the Assassins Creed series certainly isnt known for its historical accuracy. Even so, for once I’d like to see a representation of that conflict that isnt incredibly biased (a la ‘The Patriot’) toward the colonials.

    Of course, I doubt something like that would sell very well in America.

    • Jonith says:

      If we in Britain acted like the Americans when something makes them out as bad, this game would lose them a lot of support in one of there two major markets.

      But where not, because we Brits are amazing and don’t have to show our patriotism through games, we just already know we are the best. (Wooo Generalisations)

    • Brun says:

      Don’t be so sure – I feel like a game that involves tomahawking corrupt government officials would resonate strongly even with Americans in the current political climate.

    • shitflap says:

      I was gonna post, but you’ve done it beautifully and a lot less snidely than I would have.
      Will there be inclusion of the other countries that allied with the Revolutionaries during the conflict? Or the native americans who fought with the British? Will there fuck. Like RakeShark said above, there is the potential for a great story here, especially viewed against the wider context of history, but it’ll be jingoistic shite where all the baddies sound either like Jason Statham or Dick Van Dyke.

      Edit; haha nice one Brun

    • maninahat says:

      In Ass 1 you don’t so much pick a side in the crusade but pick off people from both teams. I suspect that there will be a degree of that in this one, especially as it has been suggested that the founding fathers are Templars.

    • frenz0rz says:

      The box art shows the protagonist clutching a British officer by the throat and preparing to plunge a tomahawk into his face, while the American flag flutters heroically in the background. Seems a little one-sided to me. Still, early days though.

  18. fearghaill says:

    I can’t wait for the sequel, Assassin’s Creed: Reservations, in which you kill Andrew Jackson.

    • Doth Messar says:

      Why has no one laughed at this? Hilarious comment!

    • Jonith says:

      Ok I got a very good laugh out of that and I don’t know much about American History, so what are all your guys excuses?

    • Brun says:

      While it’s funny, I don’t think you’d be able to kill Jackson. He strikes me as the kind of guy who wouldn’t put up with nonsense like assassination attempts or death.

    • Torgen says:

      I snickered as well. However, Jackson *was* the first President who was targeted by an assassin. The would-be killer ambushed Jackson at the US Capitol, but both his pistols misfired at point-blank range. Davy Crockett, who was with Jackson, disarmed him, and Jackson proceeded to beat the living crap out of the assailant with his cane.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jackson#Attack_and_assassination_attempt

      Jackson had been shot so many times in war and in duels, he was said to rattle like a bag of marbles when he walked, due to the number of bullets embedded in his body.

    • Jackablade says:

      Sounds like the kind of boss you’d need to use the environment to take down. Maybe get him struck by lightning by wrapping Ben Franklin’s kite string around him as he stomps towards you, smashing down buildings and horse carts.

  19. Xaromir says:

    Good idea actually, there are not that many action games set in the American revolution, or at least i can’t think of any, can’t wait to play it – in 20 years from now when they take down their stupid copy protection. :)

  20. pakoito says:

    YAWNmerica Civil Snore.

  21. thecjm says:

    The history nerd in me is loving the potential of this. Assassins Creed Ii covered a lot of time to get in various historical events. We know it’s a “revolutionary” time period, but I’d love for this game to be set from the 1750s to the 1780s so we’d start with a young assassin in the Seven Years War, including some Last of the Mohicans moments, and then have the older assassin in the 1770s dealing with the beginnings of the revolution. Frankly, the very first thing I thought when I saw the cover art was Natty Bumpo, and I’d love for them to go back enough to cover that time period too. And, you know, get to fight the French.

    Also, following their pattern of historical figures being Assassins and Templars, who do you think are going to be in this game? I’m going with Ben Franklin,John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette and maybe a cameo by George Washington as secret Assassins. I think the Swamp Fox fits too, but Marion was in the South and most stereotypical Revolutionary settings range from Yorktown in Virginia up to Quebec.

    As for Templars, I’d go with all the British generals like Clinton, Howe and Cornwallis. And Benedict Arnold of course. Maybe throw in a loyalist like Franklin’s son. And depending on the time frame, either Burr or Hamilton, with the other being an Assassin and the player being at their duel. But that wasn’t until much later. I too am already banking on sequel called Assassin’s Creed: Revolutions, that may or may not take you to the French Revolution. Napoleon as the big bad in the inevitable third Assassin’s Creed III game?

    I am way too excited for this game. And way overthinking it.

    • Brun says:

      I’m guessing that Washington or one of the other famous Founding Fathers will be a Templar masquerading as an Assassin, or as an ally of the Assassins. Remember he’s pictured holding one of those magic golden apples in a puzzle in AC2.

      I doubt the relationship between the Revolutionaries and British will be as Jedi/Sith as you’re suspecting. It’s too simplistic.

    • Post-Internet Syndrome says:

      I seem to remember Franklin being a confirmed templar already. Wasn’t he in those crypto-puzzle thingies in Brotherhood?

    • Torgen says:

      How about Ethan Allan and the Green Mountain Boys as an Assassin group? That would tie in the colonial attack on Quebec, and Arnold’s Lake Erie campaign.

  22. Kadayi says:

    Not too sure about the costume, but the setting is certainly an interesting historical choice. Looking forward to more data on this down the road.

  23. zaphod42 says:

    Just when I lose all interest in Assassin’s Creed, after making a ton of games on stupid Ezio and sticking with the AC2 timeline after getting us used to the idea of moving between times…

    Wow. This is awesome. I’m so interested. I LOVE period pieces, I can’t get enough of them.

    And the American Revolution is severely ignored by video games. Games that made a big deal out of it (Age of Empires 3 and Empire: Total War are the ones that come to mind) had some great flavor going on.

    I’m hoping we’ll see New York, Philadelphia, and maybe Paris as major towns.
    New York was a major city from the beginning of The 13 Colonies, and Philadelphia was the capitol of the Continental Congress, also a major town.
    As some others pointed out, the French Revolution was picking up around this time, so if you could travel to France that would give an even more urban setting for AC style freerunning / parkour, and would also give you LOTS of targets to assassinate :) And it would be a good change of pace from the American setting.

    • Jonith says:

      I would like to be able to leave the Colonies and go to London and Paris so you not just get the wide open world (and cities like New York) in America, but can also go to London (which seems important due to the British role in the game, but I would still rather see an 1800′s version of it with Jack the Ripper) and also to Paris with Frances own revolution.

    • Pattom says:

      I was hoping the game would center around the French Revolution, which seems to promise a more critical interpretation of the Assassins. The king of France is overthrown, Assassins take over, people use new liberties to kill each other in the streets. Oops.

      That said, I don’t know of any games set in the American Revolution, and there are plenty of interesting stories to tell there. Not to mention that adapting the stealth mechanics to work outdoors sounds exciting. The Assassin’s Creed series is a brilliant way of getting a great game in a great setting out there; it just feels like are other parts of history that could use the spotlight for a better story.

  24. rlr149 says:

    i think ubi got a copy of skyrim for christmas

  25. pilouuuu says:

    That looks like a mod for Skyrim. In fact it looks better! I’m glad they made it look really better, like it’s really a new iteration and not just the yearly version of a COD-like franchise.

  26. BatmanBaggins says:

    Skyrim and this game do both seem to contain snow, trees, and rocks, so I can see why people would be drawing the comparison.

    • pilouuuu says:

      Thankfully Ubisoft is much better than Bethesda in making its cities feel alive. I’m expecting a place where you can really lose yourself in.

    • Jason Moyer says:

      Yeah, they’re great at window dressing. It’s a shame the AC cities are almost entirely non-interactive though.

  27. SirKicksalot says:

    I am Roland Emmerich and I approve this game.

  28. The Dark One says:

    You missed a better use for that Simpsons reference!

    As seen on SA: “Nothing is cromulent. Everything is embiggened.”

  29. Brise Bonbons says:

    I’m excited for a very different time period, and the one they chose sure seems to have a lot of potential, but… Wouldn’t an assassin want to dress in such a way that he or she didn’t stand out like a sore thumb?

    I mean, this looks like a cosplayer took a wrong turn and found a revolutionary war reenactment. I don’t think our character’s family needs to wear the same costume for 300+ years in order for players to get that it’s still AssCreed.

    Giving up on jokes, I wonder if it will have MP from the start?

  30. Jason Moyer says:

    Wild speculation: you play as an Indian mercenary helping the colonialists fight the British only to discover that the real bad guys (i.e. the Templars) are the freemasons on both sides who have somehow been using the war to their own advantage (probably involving the systematic extermination of native Americans as they search the new world for pieces of eden). Climactic battle takes place at Mount Vernon where you mortally wound George Washington and take his piece.

  31. Maldomel says:

    So, am I playing Mel Gibson in The Patriot or what?

  32. ThaneSolus says:

    haha, love you guys!

  33. Guiscard says:

    If they do it properly, they’ll make it like AC1: neither side is the enemy or inherently evil, just particular individuals within each side. However, given the AC2 and friends going down the Us: good, that public faction: bad-and-everyone-in-it-must-die (ie the Catholic Church, then the Byzantines), I have small hope for this being done properly. I dont want a game to just stroke the American patriotism by allowing me to mow down countless rows of redcoats (at least not without also having the option to mow down equal numbers of Continentals).

    Sadly, looking at the screenshots here, a redcoat massacre at the behest of Mr Washington is exactly what they’re developing.

  34. wintermute says:

    A normal day on RPS:

    “WOE IS US ALL BIG BUDGET GAMES STICK TO THE SAME TIRED FORMULAS GIVE US SOMETHING NEW T____T”

    Ubi makes one of their biggest IPs explore a new and totally awesome time period:

    GOSH IT’LL NEVER WORK STOP EXPERIMENTING

    -_____-

    p.s. The guy who said he won’t buy it because British are portrayed as bad guys? W T F

  35. Jackablade says:

    There’s loads of info that’s come though Neo Gaf here.
    http://www.computerandvideogames.com/338316/assassins-creed-3-first-details-new-hero-is-connor-not-all-english-are-evil/
    I’ve gone from somewhat wary to kind of excited by the prospects after reading this.

    • Chaz says:

      Yeah it does sound quite good from that article. Now I just have to trudge my way through Brotherhood and Revelations. Seriously, why did they have to do 3 games in the same setting with the same guy? I didn’t think AC2 was that good that they could get away with repeating it 2 more times.

      On a side note I’ve just noticed a link on that page to a short article on the “Lingerie Football League”. Never even knew this sort of thing existed. I’m not a sports person myself, but I’d certainly tune in to watch this. Go Valkyries! http://www.lflus.com/
      You know for all the shit and corporate and political bullying we have to put up with from America, it does something like this and totally redeems itself. If you pumped this stuff out world wide, along with some other underwear based sports, you wouldn’t have to start wars, people would give you their oil for free.

  36. Binho says:

    I do like that they are changing it up, and it’s an interesting if rather cliche and overused setting. Sure, it’s not been explored much in games (Although…DAY OF THE TENTACLE!!!! Hehehe), but it has in other media. It’s also such a heavily patriotic event of almost mythic proportions in the US, it’s bound to feel a bit off to the rest of us non-Americans. They could have picked a more universaly significant time period. Although, they could segue quite easily into the French Revolution now.

    I would have liked to see a period like the 80′s Year War, or the 30′s Year War, or any of the massively world changing events of the 17th Century. You’ve got the decline of Spain as a world power, the rise of England and the Dutch Republic. France and the Holy Roman Empire are in chaos. There is warfare all over Europe, and the rapid expansion of colonies in Asia and the America’s. You can even include a patriotic US event, with a plausible way of getting Desmond’s ancestors to the New World: The founding of Plymouth Colony. You could easily hop around Europe, Asia and the America’s. You could visit Amsterdam, Paris, London, Stockholm, Copenhagen, the semi-independent German States of the Holy Roman Empire – and then easily hop to Bengal, Java, New Amsterdam or Plymouth Colony. And it’s got massive cultural resonance as well: The Scientific Revolution, the Baroque cultural movement, the Dutch Golden age. Who’s never heard of Newton, Galileo or Rembrandt?

    Of course, no other setting would be as marketable as the American Revolutionary War. Except perhaps the American Civil War. Especially this close to US elections!

    • Gary W says:

      I’d like to see an AC set in Russia, eventually. You could lay the smackdown on Lenin & Co., then go climbing over the Kremlin. «Я люблю Россию!»

    • sophof says:

      Well, I don’t know if the previous games were chosen on their ‘marketability’. Like you I would love to dabble a bit more in the times between these two points, but to be frank, I think it is simply a case of ignorance. Hopefully they will consider going back at some point.

      On the bright side, I look forward to these more ‘modern’ times and the gameplay changes it will bring. personally I’ve only kept playing AC because of the history, lately waiting for them to get cheap before buying since nothing new was happening. looks like this will be solved ;)

      The revolution is of course interesting from an American point of view, but they can hardly ignore the French revolution, the industrialisation and both world wars can they? I daydream about an AC game set in Napoleonic Europe.

      When you think about it, history is full of nice events for games (and movies). A lot of stories ripe for the taking.

  37. Tams80 says:

    This game seems fat too unpatriotic. Such insubordination to British colonial rule shall go unpunished!

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  39. CommentSystem says:

    The screenshot viewer doesn’t scroll for me properly. This is under both Chrome and Firefox on Mac OSX 10.6.