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Assassin’s Creed 3 – “Undoubtedly Our Biggest Game”

Posted by GG Goblin On March - 26 - 2012

- ” and our biggest launch ever!”. Such were the words that greeted the video game press at the Assassin’s Creed 3 press event last week.

 
Packed into a hall in London, over a hundred eager journalists and video game bloggers gathered to hear whatever details Ubisoft were kind enough to drip feed them about Assassin’s Creed 3, which has been in development for over two years already and has been worked on by eight different studios from within the Ubisoft family.

 
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We have all already heard that this sequel will be set during the American War of Independence and will star a brand new Assassin, leaving the tales of Altair and Ezio behind. This new Assassin is called Connor and he is half British and half Mojave Indian. The game will take players on a journey from 1753 through to 1783 and will see Connor, whose village was burned down when he was a child, dealing with all factions of the war in his search for Justice.

 
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Every animation in the game has been rebuilt to deal with not only the new gameplay factors, but to make this the best and most realistic looking Assassin’s Creed game to date. A completely new engine has been developed that has allowed for many improvements such as a completely revamped Ai which will see the NPCs getting closer to Connor and interacting with him with more emotion. The new engine will also allow for upwards of 2000 characters on the screen at once, promising some epic battle scenes.

 
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Weather will play an important role in the game, with snow, rain and fog all having an effect on gameplay. Players will be able to track the footprints or blood trails of their targets through the snow, for example. Connor will also have more difficulty moving in the snow, slowing him down. Another example will be that in the heavy rain, the Musket will be more or less useless. The player will find themselves revisiting the various locations through the course of the game, but will be able to see them differently due to the changing seasons.

 
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The player will be able to visit the cities of Boston and New York during their journey, which will be a change to what we are used to in the previous games as the buildings are much lower and the avenues much wider, making the kind of free-running that we are used to much more difficult. Due to the wilderness nature of the time, trees will be present to help the player cross these avenues via the roof tops. There will also be smaller villages and other locations to visit, including the massive frontier itself.

 
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The frontier is 2KM x 2KM in size and around 30% of Connor’s missions will take place within this wilderness. Climbing through trees or up rocks will all be possible in the frontier.Within the frontier, although there will be bands of humans, the wildlife will take the place of the crowds and Connor will be able to interact with it in various ways, such as hunting. Killing animals for reward plays an important part in the game and the reward will be dependent on how clean the kill is. For example, killing an animal with the musket will result in a sloppy kill and will be rewarded with a fur of lower quality, presumably due to the bullet holes. Slitting an animals throat will result in a much better quality fur.

 
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Connor will be armed with a Tomahawk, Knife, Bow and Musket, and will be able to dual-wield the Tomahawk and Knife. There will also be the Rope Dart weapon which will have multiple uses.

 
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Other new features of note are that, for the first time in an Assassin’s Creed game, children will be amongst the population. To keep things seamless, Connor will automatically crouch and go into “stealth mode” when entering foliage. 8% of the characters within the game will be historical characters, such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. And finally, the Leaps of Faith can now be performed onto moving objects.

 
“Assassin’s Creed 3 is not an evolution, but a revolution”, and is due out on October 31st.

 
To follow all of these juicy details, we have an early announcement of the upcoming special editions of the game that will be available from launch.

 
The Freedom Edition

 
The Freedom Edition includes the following:

- Assassin’s Creed III retail game

- A 24-cm high-quality figurine of Connor

- A steelbook case art drawn by awards-winning comic artist Alex Ross

- George Washington’s notebook revealing all the truth & secrets about the Assassins and the Templars during the American Revolution.

- One exclusive Lithograph

- 2 in-game Single Player Missions:

– Lost Mayan Ruins: Connor’s mission leads him in an old Mayan pyramid, full of mysteries and revelations. Players will be able to unlock Captain Kidd’s fabled cutlass, a deadly, brutal and beautiful piece of steel

– Ghost of War: The tide of the Revolution turns into the Templars favor. Defeat your enemies and  unlock The Pontiac’s War Club, a powerful Native American weapon.

- 1 in-game Multiplayer Package:

– The Sharpshooter package: Unleash the Sharpshooter fury in multiplayer with 1 new character, the Sharpshooter, 1 Relic, 1 Emblem, 1 special Picture and the Title of “The Jester”.

 
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The Join or Die Edition

 
The Join or Die Edition includes the following:

- Assassin’s Creed III retail game

- The medallion of the Assassins with its high-quality curd ladle

- George Washington’s notebook revealing all the truth & secrets about the Assassins and the Templars during the American Revolution.

- 1 in-game Single Player Mission:

–Ghost of War: The tide of the Revolution turns into the Templars favor. Defeat your enemies and  unlock The Pontiac’s War Club, a powerful Native American weapon.

- 1 in-game Multiplayer Package:

–The Sharpshooter package: Unleash the Sharpshooter fury in multiplayer with 1 new character, the Sharpshooter, 1 Relic, 1 Emblem, 1 special Picture and the Title of “The Jester”.

 
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The Special Edition

 
The Special Edition features a special packaging, the retail copy of the game and an exclusive single player mission:

–A Dangerous Secret: Fight against a secret that could jeopardize the funding of the revolution. In case of success, you’ll be rewarded with an exclusive weapon: a Flintlock Musket.

 

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