Paul noted that Ubisoft have been teasing (with almost too much information!) the reveal of Assassin's Creed III with a countdown clock, box art and all kinds of jazz, but here it is: PROPER OFFICIAL INFORMATION ON ASSASSIN'S CREED III.
I'm not even going to try and fruit this up with my usual writing style. Here is what you need to know, straight from the horse's mouth.
"Assassin’s Creed III will hit store shelves on October 30, 2012, encouraging gamers to experience the American Revolutionary War not written about in history books.The largest project in Ubisoft’s history also introduces a new hero for the ages.
With a development cycle of over three years and twice the production capacity of any previous Ubisoft game, Assassin’s Creed III is set to release on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC and is also in development for Wii U from Nintendo. Assassin’s Creed III is developed by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with six other Ubisoft studios.
Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Assassin’s Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratohnhaké:ton, of Native American and English heritage. Adopting the name Connor, he becomes the new voice for justice in the ancient war between the Assassins and Templars. Players become an Assassin in the war for liberty against ruthless tyranny in the most stylized and fluid combat experiences in the franchise to date. Assassin’s Creed III spans the Revolutionary War, taking gamers from the vibrant, untamed frontier to bustling colonial towns and the intense, chaotic battlefields where George Washington’s Continental Army clashed with the imposing British Army.
Assassin’s Creed III is powered by Ubisoft-AnvilNext, a revolutionary new game engine that delivers breakthroughs in visual quality, character models and artificial intelligence. Assassin’s Creed III will feature a ground-breaking level of stunning graphics that bring Colonial America to life.
'Assassin’s Creed III features the franchise’s most expansive setting so far, along with an exciting new hero and exponentially more gameplay,' said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. 'Whether you’re a longtime fan of Assassin’s Creed or if you’re new to the franchise, you’re going to be blown away by the scale and marvel of Assassin’s Creed III.'"
And here's a trailer:
OK, now that's out of the way, I can get to FRUITING THIS UP with my opinions.
GOOD : The American Revolution is definitely a cool and under-explored setting for a third-person action adventure.
BAD: Everything about the game so far makes it seem like you're totally on the side of the Americans. Boo! Native Americans were on both sides and frankly a "fistful of dollars" approach--playing both sides while fighting the Templars--seems much more interesting.
MIDDLING: I sort of fancied the idea of a Victorian London Assassin's Creed more. But that's post revolution, so it could still happen!
GOOD: Snow! Hunting! Natural tree climbing and stuff rather than just buildings!
MIDDLING: I suppose this could all just ape the well-recieved Red Dead Redemption, really. Hope there is a unique spin on it.
BRILLIANT: October 30th is SO CLOSE! We're going to be able to play this REALLY SOON. And you can pre-order it at Future Shop RIGHT NOW.
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