A couple of days ago, Ubisoft released a trailer and the cover art for their new Assassin’s Creed game. Now that the story of Ezio Auditore is over we’re finally moving on to Assassin’s Creed III. The short trailer (look below) tells us quite a few things. First of all we know the time period the game will take place in. The game will take place in North America during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century.
Don’t know what the Revolutionary War is? Well, here’s some background information for you.
The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), the American War of Independence, or simply the Revolutionary War, began as a war between the Kingdom of Great Britain and thirteen British colonies in North America, and ended in a global war between several European great powers.
The war was the result of the political American Revolution. Colonists galvanized around the position that the Stamp Act of 1765, imposed by Parliament of Great Britain, was unconstitutional. The British Parliament insisted it had the right to tax colonists. The colonists claimed that, as they were British subjects, taxation without representation was illegal. The American colonists formed a unifying Continental Congress and a shadow government in each colony, though ostensibly claiming loyalty to the monarch and a place in the British Empire. The American boycott of directly taxed British tea led to the Boston Tea Party in 1773. London responded by ending self-government in Massachusetts and putting it under the control of the British army with General Thomas Gage as governor. In April 1775 Gage learned that weapons were being gathered in Concord, and he sent British troops to seize and destroy them. Local militia, known as ‘minutemen,’ confronted the troops and exchanged fire (see Battles of Lexington and Concord). After repeated pleas to the British monarchy for intervention with Parliament, any chance of a compromise ended when the Congress were declared traitors by royal decree, and they responded with a declared independence forming a new sovereign nation external to the British Empire, the United States of America, on July 4, 1776.
In 1783, the Treaty of Paris ended the war and recognized the sovereignty of the United States over the territory bounded roughly by what is now Canada to the north, Florida to the south, and the Mississippi River to the west.
As I mentioned above, the Ezio story arc is over and we’ll be moving on to a new protagonist who appears to be armed with a tomahawk. Connor (our protagonist’s name) is darting through snowy woodland to help a few British shoulders to the eternal hunting grounds. So it seems he’s helping the Americans in their fight for independence against the British. I guess it will be a welcome change from the overdose of rooftops we had in the previous AC games.
Producer Ubisoft says that, on the moment of release (31 October), the game will have been in development for 3 years. The crew working on the game is double the size as usual and the game is being developed with the new AnvilNext engine for even smoother graphics.
Assassin’s Creed 3 will be released on the PC, PS3, Xbox 360 AND the Wii U.
Personally, I think it’s a good choice to have the game take place during the American Revolutionary War and I’m excited to see what Ubisoft will do with the wide open battlefields en dense forest areas. The long wait until 31 October begins …