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E3: Assassin’s Creed III (PS3, Xbox 360, Windows PC, Wii-U) Preview

June 13, 2012 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

The main Assassin’s Creed Trilogy will reach its conclusion later this year with Assassin’s Creed III. Continuing off the story from the previous games, we get a look at another assassin of the Brotherhood by the name of Connor Kenway. Connor is the first ever American assassin of the franchise (his parentage is half-British and half-Mohawk/Native American). The Ubisoft Montreal team kept trying to harp on how he was indeed “half-British and half-Mohawk.” And then when I asked, “What’s more American than Native American?” They said, “nothing,” so I believe I won that debate. The game is set in colonial America during the era of the American revolution against England. Desmond Miles’ story I’m told will also be playing a major part of this game as well.

In the closed door preview at E3, the Ubisoft Montreal developers showed off several stages featured in the game. One stage features Connor in his full Assassin garb in 1700′s Boston, accurately and painstakingly recreated for the game even including the old Boston statehouse which still exists today. According to Ubisoft, the maps in the game are some of the biggest ever produced. The Boston map is 1/3 scale. All the maps featured in the game will be open world as well. In the Boston stage, Connor takes out a soldier harassing a young woman. The demo showed off Connor’s weapons and combat. One of Connor’s trademark weapons is a tomahawk. Connor is of course no less nimble and parkour enabled as previous assassin’s. In another part of the demo he creates a distraction by being able to hang a redcoat from a tree to free a man from the stockades. When evading British soldiers, Connor can call to other members of the Brotherhood for help who will come in dressed as British soldiers and pretend to fake arrest Connor to allow him to safely escape. The bail of hay to hide in is back, but this time you can hide in a wagon of hay that is actually moving and being hauled off in a neat little change on the previous games.

Since Connor is also a navy ship captain, another element to the same is warfare on the high seas. Connor and his crew in his navy vessel will engage and stage realistic ship dogfights with British ships. This gameplay looked particularly awesome to see the ships lining up and shooting their cannons followed by storming the ships for some swashbuckling action. I’m really looking forward to this game and I that the flashback story of the franchise has finally reached America and being set during the American Revolution is awesome. Other featured characters in the game will be George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

Assassin’s Creed III is set for an October release on PS3, Xbox 360, and PS3. It will be a launch title on the Wii-U afterwards for the holiday season. There will also be a new companion game, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation to be released on the PS Vita around the same time. It’s set approximately around 1765 to 1780 in New Orleand and will feature the first ever female assassin for the franchise.

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