The American Revolution will make for an interesting backdrop to the Assassin’s Creed series, and the franchise’s fiction maps onto the Revolution nicely. The Assassins believe in individual freedom and rights. The Templars believe in providing order and control. Of course, Connor will be giving the hidden blade to Templars to either side of the war so that’s as far as that train of thought goes.
While Assassin’s Creed III doesn’t touch on all aspects of the American Revolution, there have been video games that used the Revolution as more than just a setting but as the heart of the game.
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The Japanese developer Koei might be best known to modern-day video game audiences as the studio behind Dynasty Warriors, but since the mid-1980’s Koei has been producing and became famous for its “historical simulations” series. Liberty or Death is a turn-based Revolutionary War game released in 1993 for MS-DOS and in 1994 for the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
The player can fight for the American Continental Army or the British Army. The Colonies are broken down into 53 districts that either side may seize and control. The Americans win if they hold out until 1820 or seize all 53 districts, but the British can only win by seizing complete control of the Colonies.
While military conquest is the means to seize districts, the player also has to manage the war effort through either the Continental Congress or the British House of Commons. Officers have to be paid in gold, and the Americans need to build their navy from scratch. The British begin the game with a navy and can hire mercenary regiments like German Hessians from the outset.