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.