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Assassin's Creed 3: The 18th Century, In HD

Once again, Assassin's Creed is set to stealthily rear its head/hood, bringing with it action, adventure, and a rather unique occurrence in recent video game history: bowing to the graphical superiority of Nintendo. Indeed, while PS3 and 360 kids will get their own taste of shadowy death, owners of the forthcoming Wii U (Codenamed "Wtf Slate") will be able to take advantage of the system's next-gen hardware, delivering a veritable orgy of pixels in lovely, lovely HD.

The trailer is rather... well, curious. According to Joystiq, your character is Ratohnhaké:ton, though usually going by the more common name: Connor. A man "of Native American and English heritage," our fearless protagonist stabs and shoots his way through Revolutionary War-era America. Gaming Bolt reports that Connor "will fight on the American side, with primary allies being George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Charles Lee" and presumably be rewarded with a ribbon, some colorful beads, and everyone's favorite: genocide, forced relocation, and forced relocation followed by genocide - with an extra helping of forced relocation for a job well done. The article is well worth checking out, providing a wealth of information, as obtained by Game Informer.

Assassin's Creed 3 will feature a new engine, called Ubisoft-AnvilNext, which promises "breakthroughs in visual quality, character models and artificial intelligence." Naturally, I'm most excited to see how the game will look on this "Wii U" gizmo. The system is no slouch: the Assassin's Creed 3 trailer has some impressive visuals, as does the previously released Wii U tech demo. Still, it's only a matter of time before Microsoft and Sony release their own next-gen consoles, potentially putting Nintendo in the position it faced with the Wii. If history provides any benchmark, said systems will probably have the horsepower to render the human soul in stunning 4320p, provide gameplay that is controlled by will alone, and bring us one step closer to realizing David Cronenberg's existential nightmare.

God save us from the arrogance of man.

5 Comments

Dave said:

Mhmm, not too happy about the place they picked for the game. Since I much loved crawling over ancient cities and the States just don't have that. Ahh well, here's hoping they return to Victorian England if they continue to make a 4th title.

Rosa said:

I'm really bummed that they're taking this setting. The whole thing just screams AMERICA FUCK YEAH.

I mean, come on. If the debut poster for AC2 showed Ezio in a white, red, and green assassin's outfit, eating a pizza, while the tower of pisa looms in the background while an Italian flag waves patriotically behind it, we'd all think Ubi had gone off their fucking NUT.

I hate this jingoistic americana bullshit. If they were going to do the war of independence, why not take the english POV on it? That at least would have been really unique. Instead the english are all evil templars and the americans are all valiant heroes.

Gag me.

LordoftheAvenue said:

Now now, it may well be told completely from the Native American perspective and Raskapechillioctopus might help (assassinate) both sides...?

I know next to nothing about American History, by the way. The assassination of Lincoln could fit into this time period, right?

SuperSwede said:

@Rosa

Yeah, i do find the whole "Rah rah GUNS AND FREEDOM AMERICA #1 YA P*SSY FERINERS GO FLAGS!!!!" stuff to be the slightest bit vulgar. Maybe it's the holdover from my quasi-Marxist youth -- I've made the inevitable rightward curve in my old age, which given my previous political outlook, puts me in the "still incredibly liberal" god i want to d*ck punch the entire republican party" camp -- but mainly its that this whole Founding Fathers fetish is getting rather tired. Granted, the rest of the game might be top-notch, but the premise of the game "Assassin's Creed takes on America" theme does sound like the beginning to a bad SNL skit.

@LordoftheAvenue

From what I've read (after posting the article), it's a bit murky. Evidently the main adversary is "The Templars" (i can only assume it's a play on the Knights Templar conspiracy theory), which is mainly British, though given the pervasive nature of the Templars, they may be within the ranks of the Revolutionaries. Still, it looks like the protagonist will be primarily siding with the Americans, though it doesn't look like he's “allied,” per se: I don't think he really has a stake in the politics of the conflict.

As for Lincoln, nope. He was assassinated in the 1860s, so he hadn't even been born at the time of the American Revolution.

Nexus said:

Really not liking the setting.
Not that I have something about games set in the wild west, but I have Red Dead Redemption for that.
I just don't see it fitting the whole assassin creed gameplay.

I would've vastly prefered a AC set in Victorian England.
Or maybe in Asia, scaling pagodas and the like.

As for who the MC sides with. Maybe they'll pull and AC1 and have your employer become your enemy.

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