This Assassin's Creed 3 FAQ will address everything we know about Ubisoft's upcoming game. Assassin's Creed 3 is all we've been talking about at G4 for the past few days, so I thought I'd put together a list of everything we know about Assassin's Creed 3.
Where And When: The most exciting information about the game that we learned is the setting: The American Revolution. The first Assassin's Creed 3 picture that leaked clearly showed off AC 3's Colonial America location and time. You might remember learning about the first US war in school, but being placed within that seething cauldron of ideological and political conflict will provide more than enough source material for a game. We like this idea a lot.
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Clues left at the end of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood DLC game pinpoint the location even further. Coordinations left in the game indicated New York City as a location Desmond would need to travel. Check it yourself on Google Maps. It seems Ubisoft was planning on a New York City locale as early as Assassin's Creed: Revelations, In that game, you learned you must travel to "The Grand Temple" which is located in New York.
Colonial New York was a hotbed of espionage activity, perfect for an Assassin. Check out our in-depth look at the many possibilities for amazing storytelling and gameplay that Revolutionary War era New York will bring.
Who: We don't know the name of Assassin's Creed 3's main character, but we know a little about him, judging from the officially released Assassin's Creed 3 box art, Game Informer's Assassin's Creed 3 article and pictures, and recently leaked Assassin's Creed 3 screenshots and/or concept art.
There are obvious signs of Native American influence in the main character, from the bows and arrows he's carrying to the tomahawk he uses to murder a redcoat, so it seems he's at least part Native American. During the Revolutionary War, Native American tribes generally fought on the side of the British, but there were exceptions. The leaked screenshots seems to show pieces of the main character's costumes that are colored blue and red, leading to the speculation that there are faction-based disguises possible in the game. Or, perhaps the main character changes his loyalty from British to American during the game?
What: What will the gameplay be like? The screenshots that have come out seem to show "classic" Assassin's Creed style gameplay. Check out the below picture to see what I mean:
That is such a quintessential Assassin's Creed scene. You have the crowded street scene, with evil redcoats clearly on watch in different areas, and the villagers running around, getting in your way. There's even a dog in the shot! You can practically see how you would silently work your way through this crowd, right?
Weapons and technology have always played a big part in the Assassin's Creed series, and if Ubisoft isn't planning on featuring Benjamin Franklin in the technology-provider role previously played by Leonardo DaVinci, they must be crazy. Along with bifocals and a cool stove, Franklin discovered electricity, created a hand-powered (stealthy) boat, and was a master chess player. He was also the nation's first nudist, and wasn't above making fart jokes, so he'll be a colorfully badass ally. I imagine the things he'll do with electricity will be nothing short of amazing.
UPDATE: We now know all about Assassin's Creed 3's weapons, locations, gameplay and more. Many, many details of Assassin's Creed 3 have been confirmed through a leak.
Assassin's Creed 3 will be released on October 30, 2012.