Assassin’s Creed III – First Look
Following speculations, leaked images and probable game descriptions, Ubisoft have formally revealed more about Assassin’s Creed III.
Our first guesses were that the game would be set in the Age of the New World amidst Civil wars, riots and revolutions – a setting akin to all Assassin’s Creed titles.
A 13-page Game Informer’s April edition exclusive on Assassin’s Creed III seems to have much more than what we know. The game is set in Colonial America and players are put in the shoes of the assassin protagonist born to a British Soldier and Native American Mother; and goes by the name Connor.
Our protagonist is raised by his parents with Native American values and apparently, he’s also well versed in Mohawk. Connor’s life reeks with stories of revolution and freedom and he suddenly finds himself in the battle for Freedom as he comes of age.
Assassin’s Creed III takes players through Connor’s life as he tries to find his purpose – of course, he doesn’t realize that until he begins to seek righteousness in the Assassin’s battle against the Templars; in a setting featuring British Colonies, candid encounters with American luminaries like Benjamin Franklin and George Washington and so much more.
The game is bringing in new Locations – great new cities of the New World – Boston and New York in addition to an vast country size that expands to fill up one-third of the game world. Ubisoft has also mentioned that the country side is about 1.5 times the world of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.
In some of the latest additions to the franchise. Assassin’s Creed III will bring in dynamic weather with the addition of seasons to bring more immersion. Players can now experience brilliant sunny days to cold snowy nights changing with time and location.
Assassin’s Creed III is ringing in an all new combat experience by making it more fluid and natural. This goes in line with Connor’s story battling with allies for freedom and justice unlike Ezio, who’s ruthlessness was brought about due to personal vengeance. This cool attitude that rides with Connor is apparently going to require that he’s more stealthy and predator-like.
Connor is also being given the ability to weild dual daggers, Mohawks, Native American Bow in addition to be able to climb trees and god-knows-what. Enemies can be used as shields with additional actions possible based on the situation.
Ubisoft has done away with Combat Locking – a feature that drove many Assassin’s Creed titles. Instead, the combat is apparently going to seem very dynamic, fluid and immersive.
For the first time ever, the world also features wild animals that Connor can hunt and skin to collect pelts to be sold in shops. Not much information on the Economy system is available at the moment. But, it is a possibility that Connor might have the ability to upgrade and buy shops like the previous titles.
NPCs are certain to play a more outgoing role in the game and NPC groups like courtesans, monks, thieves, mercenaries and more are going to be replaced with something else fitting the game world.
Assassin’s Creed III will now feature checkpoints during a mission allowing the ability to pick up from where you left off – a feature previously unavailable. This is going to allow gamers to get to their 100% sync faster than before. While Desmond continues looking for memories of his ancestors, I’m sure he’s pleased with the new Animus 3.0 system that’s been implemented.
Not much has been revealed about the game’s multiplayer yet however, it’ll be interesting to see how Ubisoft pulls this one off considering Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood stands as a recognized multiplayer title in the franchise.
The game is being built on the all new Anvil Engine and features a camera angle that helps make it more cinematic. Assassin’s Creed III is apparently also set to pack 2.5 hours of cut-scenes!
Stay connected with us for more information on the game, screenshots and videos from Assassin’s Creed III. The game is set to release on 30th October this year and is being developed for Windows, PlayStation 3, XBox 360 and the Wii U.