Assassin’s Creed 3 Has Got Me Excited !

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 …

/Niels

30 Day Game Challenge # 26 – The Game That Is Too Short

Hey and welcome to another day of the 30 Day Game Challenge. Alright, so today we’ll be discussing a game that is too short (ctually, many games are … ), so I chose Assassin’s Creed 2. I got so envelopped in Ezio Auditore’s story that I, to my regret, rushed through the game until I finished it. And I finished it waaaaaaay to quickly for my taste, so it should’ve lasted me another couple of hours at least. I guess when you like a game that much you always wish it would last longer than it does!

Join us tomorrow for day 27! (oh, almost done /mixed feelings)

/Niels

Ubisoft lifts tip of the veil – Assassin’s Creed Revelations

You read it right, Ubisoft finally lifted a tip of the veil on the new Assassin’s Creed game. The game is titled Assassin’s Creed Revelations and will be a continuation of Ezio Auditore da Firenze’s story. And that story leads him to an especially interesting place … Constantinople, which is known as Istanbul today. 

The past months we all worried about the locatiion AND time period in which the third game based around Ezio, who assassinated his way through all the major Italian cities during the renaissance period, would take place.

In any case, there was more than enough speculation and guessing. Pretty much every ancient european city had fans and haters. We now know that Assassin’s Creed Revelations will not take plays in the Victorian London, nor in Paris during the French Revolution. Seeing as the ever popular Ezio is still in the story, the time period stays the same … for starters. Who knows what Ubisoft will conjure for us?

We do know that the location will be Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire and the current Istanbul. Technically, the city should already be called Istanbul in the game, seeing as the name changed in 1453 and Ezio was born in 1459. But, let’s not trip over that small mistake and let’s enjoy another Assassin’s Creed game, I know I will!

I think Constantinople is a great choice. I can already see the sun shine on those small alleyways where Ezio jumps from rooftop to rooftop while he shoots a crossbowarrow on a bored guard. A glimpse on the map of Constantinople makes it clear that the city is a great location for the game, from a technical point of view: 3 sides of the city is enclosed by water, and the western side of the city is closed off from the outside world by a large wall. The developers don’t have to create any artificial barriers to close of the game world. Less invisible walls and more realism at the same time? Yay!

Anyway, Ezio ends up in Constantinople because a growing army of Templars is threatening to destabilise the entire region, and according to Ubisoft, the city will be the scenery for Ezio’s last fight against the Templars (he is getting kind of old isn’t he? Got to be around 50-ish now). It has also been confirmed that Revelations will also feature de same multiplayer mode as in Brotherhood, be it larger and more refined.

I honestly can’t wait for another Assassin’s Creed, but I did expect to see another protagonist but I can live with Ezio. Ubisoft might have another surprise for us though as it’s been hinted that Altaïr might make a reappearance. So we’ll probably be able to play with Ezio, Desmond and maybe Altaïr. I, for one, put my trust in Ubisoft to deliver another great game. In any case, Assassin’s Creed Revelations will close the Ezio trilogy and will be released around the holidays for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. Enjoy.

/Niels