Assassin's Creed 3 -- Going to New York?


Posted March 1, 2012 - By Nikole Zivalich

Assassin's Creed 3 may hit New York City according to clues we've collected so far. We know Desmond's fight against the templars somehow leads him to America's past. How Desmond is related to this new assassin remains a mystery. Some sleuthing through history, both Desmond's and America's, may answer more of our questions about Assassin's Creed 3.

The final mission in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood DLC "The Da Vinci Disappearance" has Da Vinci and Ezio in a room similar to the one at the end of the game. In it, lies a mystical statue with a message. Aligning the symbols correctly gives you a list coordinates that read 43°39'18"N, 75°27'42"W. Da Vinci thinks the finding is meaningless, but is he wrong? Spoiler: He totally is. These coordinates lead us to New York.

Desmond's father, William Miles, was viewing this memory from the Animus. He left to find those coordinates, believing them to be another temple.

In Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Juno tells Desmond he must travel to the Grand Temple which was left behind by the First Civilization. The Grand Temple is located in North America, more specifically New York. This temple is where Minerva, Juno, and Jupiter hoped to find a way to save humanity from a solar flare. Their plans failed and the result was the First Disaster, a devastating event that nearly wiped out humanity. Juno, Minerva, and Jupiter foresee a second disaster of this magnitude to occur in 2012.

When Desmond wakes from his coma at the end of AC: Revelations, he finds himself in a van with Shaun, Rebecca, and his dad. The van doors open to reveal the field where the Grand Temple lies; Meaning Revelations ends in New York.

Now that we can all agree Assassin's Creed 3 takes place in New York, let's try to figure out where in the state's history this game is taking place.

An Ubisoft survey from last year asked its participants to choose which setting they found the most compelling.
"The confrontation between British colonists and native Americans during the American revolution of the XVIII century" was one of the options. If we go off of this survey, then we should assume the focus of the game won't simply be about the Revolutionary War, but also the violent confrontations between the British and the Native Americans.

The British base during the 18th century was located in New York City. The British took Manhattan after the defeat of Fort Washington on November 16, 1776. They held the city until 1783. The Great Temple's remains were under British authority, whether they knew it or not.

The Greater New York area belonged to the British during the American Revolutionary War. In turn, the area also became the center of the Patriot center intelligence network. Its leader was none other than George Washington. Nathan Hale, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay were all involved in this secret origination that specialized in double agents, sabotage, codes and ciphers. Paul "The British are Coming" Revere was one of the first famous “intelligence” operatives.

We don't know a ton about the British occupied New York. That's why this location is ideal for Ubisoft to tell a historical story without running the risk of being inaccurate. The wide central intelligence network created in that area would certainly need an assassin or two.

Assassin's Creed 3 Box Art Released

We're still in the dark about Native American aspect of our new assassin. It's safe he's related to our hero, Desmond. But how?

The Iroquois, also known  as the Haudenosaunee, lived in the Greater New York area during the American Revolution. To be fair, they lived there long before those events as well. Iroquois tribes tried to stay neutral once the Revolutionary War started. Eventually they had to take sides. The Tuscarora and the Oneida sided with the colonists but the Mohawk, Seneca, Onondaga and Cayuga stayed loyal to Britain. The Iroquois had previously taken the British side in the French and Indian War several years before. The American Revolution marked the first political split between the six tribes.

Mohawk war chiefs and British allies attacked numerous settlements, destroying villages. George Washington ordered an attack, "not merely overrun, but destroy," the British-Indian alliance. I believe the assassin on Assassin's Creed 3's box art is an Iroquois, most likely an Onondaga and Cayuga, based on the fact that the assassin on the cover is ready to take a tomahawk to the head a of Red Coat. If the survey mentioned before is to be considered, I think these alliance will be at the center of AC3's plot.

I've done my share of internet sleuthing today and I think we're on the right track. What do you think is in store for Desmond?

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Assassin's Creed 3 -- Going to New York?


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