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An anonymous reader writes "After three years, Ubisoft is finally finishing the newest installment of their Templars vs. Assassins series, set during the American Revolution. PC Magazine reports that 'If the cover art is any indicator, the new Assassin is pals with George Washington, Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, and the other leading American revolutionaries of the day.' A team of developers at Ubisoft reportedly dedicated a full three-year development cycle to re-examining every element in the franchise to improve the game — although it could've taken even longer."
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Leaked Assassin's Creed 3 Screenshots Show American Revolution

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  • by He Who Has No Name (768306) on Friday March 02, 2012 @06:15PM (#39226689)

    Beadwork armbands, moccasins, ponybead necklace, fringed quiver, ornamented bow and belt, and tomahawk.

    Messer Ezio's great-grandson here is *not* an English colonist. He most likely speaks an eastern dialect of one of the Algonquin peoples and languages. ...and I for one can't wait to play this.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      The Assasin's Creed games are not to my taste, but I approve of the main character being an Algonquin. The history of the aboriginal people of the United States and Canada has not gotten the attention it deserves, and its great to see it used as background in a popular work.

      • The Assasin's Creed games are not to my taste, but I approve of the main character being an Algonquin. The history of the aboriginal people of the United States and Canada has not gotten the attention it deserves, and its great to see it used as background in a popular work.

        I'm pretty certain the attention that Ubisoft is going to give it isn't going to be all that much different than the attention it has already received. To be honest, the collision between Northern European culture and North American aboriginal culture has gotten at least some attention -- what happens when a technologically inferior culture gets between a technologically superior culture and their manifest destiny has been documented extensively in the popular media. I have a certain stereotypical image

    • by Nidi62 (1525137) on Friday March 02, 2012 @07:32PM (#39227531)

      Beadwork armbands, moccasins, ponybead necklace, fringed quiver, ornamented bow and belt, and tomahawk.

      Uh, not necessarily. Many frontier settlers of that time period had regular interaction and trade with native populations, and in many cases adopted the lifestyles of the natives. They would even go as far as to take a native wife or become a "member" of the tribe. Also, you have to remember that the native clothing and lifestyle were perfectly adapted for living in a wild forest, much more so than traditional European clothing and culture. The frontier settlers wore buckskin, they wore moccasins. They would be familiar with Native weaponry, and would likely possess native jewelry as well through trade. You also have to remember what happened right before the Revolution: the French-Indian War. Most of the battles that took place in the colonies took place on the frontier. There were many frontier militia groups formed to fight alongside the British, and in many cases they fought alongside friendly Indian tribes. So, yeah, just because he has a bow, or is wearing native clothing or tribal jewelry does not necessarily mean he is an Indian. I would put money down that he's simply a frontier settler.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        My wife is Menominee (one of the Algonquin peoples). She zeroed in on those beaded armbands and the choker and instantly knew what she was looking at.

        And, tada, she was right. :)

        Props to Ubisoft for achieving that level of accuracy and historical fidelity.

      • by Smauler (915644)

        Also, you have to remember that the native clothing and lifestyle were perfectly adapted for living in a wild forest, much more so than traditional European clothing and culture.

        This was the 18th century - most of the European people did live very close to a forest, and knew how to survive in one. The Europeans who went to the US were of course not those kind of people predominantly.

      • by Dekker3D (989692)

        Another thing to note: how would he have been a great-great-great-etc. grandson to the Italian Ezio Auditore and the Syrian Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, if he were fully native? He's pretty much got to have some European/Asian genes in him. So consider this to be me backing up both you and BinarySolo a few posts down.

        • by Dr Fro (169927)

          You have many great-great-great-etc. grandparents. Couldn't it be a different branch of the family tree?

          • by Dekker3D (989692)

            Perhaps, but it seems like the whole game revolves around this assassin. To have him still be connected to the whole end-of-the-earth thing, wouldn't he need to have the same precursor/forefather/whatever genes that Ezio and Altair shared? To have the eagle vision and those semi-psychic abilities?

    • According to this [computeran...ogames.com], he will be half English, half Native American.
    • snip

      Messer Ezio's great-grandson here is *not* an English colonist. He most likely speaks an eastern dialect of one of the Algonquin peoples and languages. ...and I for one can't wait to play this.

      From Milwaukee?

      Actually, it's pronounced Millie-wah-kay; which is Algonquin for "The good land."

    • by ultranova (717540)

      Messer Ezio's great-grandson here is *not* an English colonist.

      How can the great-grandson of a medieval Italian nobleman be a native american?

      • Well there was this Italian bloke who went in that direction in 1492 (which is before 1766). I had a friend who is a descendant of native americans, negro slaves, lost pacific tribe (the Moriori) and the Irish. These things happen!
  • by Joe_Dragon (2206452) on Friday March 02, 2012 @06:18PM (#39226725)

    better not have the same SHIT DRM that the last game had.

    • by Higgins_Boson (2569429) on Friday March 02, 2012 @06:27PM (#39226851)

      better not have the same SHIT DRM that the last game had.

      You speak as though Ubisoft are able to learn their lesson.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        According to this, Rayman Origins for PC is DRM free:
        http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/01/26/rayman-origins-coming-to-pc-drm-free/

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Fuck Ubisoft. I will never buy another game from them because they hate their own customers.

    • by Khith (608295) on Friday March 02, 2012 @08:01PM (#39227871)

      Don't worry, they'll be sure to have even stronger DRM this time! I hear that the new kind makes you set up an appointment with an Ubisoft representative who will not only helpfully install the game for you using a secret code, but they will watch over your shoulder as you play to make sure that you don't copy their stuff! In fact, you would probably do that when you're NOT playing (Even though with AC2, they must think that if you lose connection for a few seconds, you're obviously pirating.) so they'll install monitoring software and set up cameras to watch your activity. Expect the cost of the games to double, but it'll be worth it to stop those dirty pirates, right?

      It'll be nothing like the shit DRM the last game had, but if they keep doing things like this, it's going to BE their last game.

    • by Qzukk (229616)

      better not have the same SHIT DRM that the last game had

      A team of developers at Ubisoft reportedly dedicated a full three-year development cycle to re-examining every element in the franchise to improve the game - although it could've taken even longer

      I'm sure those three years were well spent. It would've taken longer but they abandoned the requirement that your computer be plugged directly into their server using one of their miles-long cables.

    • by Jaytan (1163393)

      The last game only had a DRM check on first play. See http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/11/10/oh-but-some-good-ass-rev-news-drm/ [rockpapershotgun.com]

  • by Bieeanda (961632) on Friday March 02, 2012 @06:18PM (#39226733)
    Kick Benedict Arnold in the... eggs.
    • by Phrogman (80473)

      Note: for those of us up in Canada, Arnold should be considered a patriot - since he stayed loyal to the King :P

      • by gmhowell (26755)

        Note: for those of us up in Canada, Arnold should be considered a patriot - since he stayed loyal to the King :P

        I guess the bootheel of a monarch tastes better with enough maple syrup?

  • Swell (Score:4, Funny)

    by Greyfox (87712) on Friday March 02, 2012 @06:33PM (#39226919) Homepage Journal
    So instead of wandering around for 2 hours in ancient Rome, I'll end up wandering around for 2 hours in ancient Chaleston? That sounds way better...

    I know there's a lot to do in the game, but somehow I always think it's a good idea to buy the game and then end up wandering aimlessly around some ancient city.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Glarimore (1795666)
      It's a sandbox game with linear progression and no time constraints.... it's not a genre for everyone.
      • by Greyfox (87712)
        I do well in a lot of sandbox games. I've spent literally months in most of The Elder Scrolls games. The specific problem I have with Assassin's Creed seems to be those walls they put up to prevent you from going to specific places. I'd end up walking for 10 or 15 minutes toward where my target was on the map, run into one of those damned walls and have to find a different route. Or there'd be an optional objective marked in the middle of one of those zones. If I have a sandbox, I want to play in the whole
  • I some how got into some Fox Engine stuff looking at the links. That engine looks amazing. The question is, what kind of a beast of a computer does one need to run that at acceptable frame rates?

    I know, L2Research.

    • by SpeZek (970136)
      Considering that it runs on PS3 and Xbox 360, I imagine the requirements will be pretty much in line with previous AC games.
    • by Osgeld (1900440)

      A 2004 era power pc, 256 megs of ram, and a gimped geforce 7800 sharing system ram ... and that's for the high quality version

  • by abigor (540274) on Friday March 02, 2012 @06:48PM (#39227027)

    If this is AC 3, then what were Brotherhood and Revelations? I guess 2.1 and 2.2?

  • by nixed3 (1586839) on Friday March 02, 2012 @06:52PM (#39227075)

    Ubisoft, while consistently putting incredibly restrictive and obstructive DRM on their games, sure know how to make a compelling story. It creates dissonance because I don't want to support the studio which implements such draconian DRM, but I want to support the artists and developers who make such a great game.

    SPOILER ALERT.

    To anyone who hasn't played the franchise, or hasn't kept up with it through the latest game, Revelations, I believe you are missing out on a fantastic work of fiction. The entire story has dealt with the protagonist Desmond's uncovering of an ancient civilization on earth which were wiped out by a massive solar event. He is able to discover this through "re-living the memories of his ancestors in his DNA" by hooking up to a special machine called the Animus. By doing this, he is able to re-live characters throughout time, be it the crusades in the 1190s (Assassin's Creed) or the Renaissance (Assassin's creed 2 and it's two spinoffs). Eventually, Desmond discovered the ancient race, and they instruct him to find something (which we still don't know what it is) that will prevent the Earth from suffering the same cataclysmic fate. In the mean time, the order of the Knights Templar, and their current incarnation, Abstergo Corporation, has been secretly pulling strings on humanity since at least 1198 AD.

    My favorite part of the game is how Ubisoft has been able to link have the massive conspiracy of the Knights Templar throughout history and even into modern times. The game leads the player to believe that almost every major player and every major event in history has been part of this conspiracy. Through the story and the puzzles, the game implicates Robert de Sable [wikipedia.org], The Borgia Family and Pope Rodrigo Borgia [wikipedia.org], Chief Justice John Roberts [wikipedia.org], Hitler [wikipedia.org], and an unnamed [wikipedia.org] modern day [wikipedia.org] telecommunications company [wikipedia.org] as being all part of the templars. Meanwhile, Da Vinci [wikipedia.org], Niccolo Machiavelli [wikipedia.org], and Suleiman the Magnificent [wikipedia.org] are all part of the other side, the Assassins, whose mission it is to stop and expose the templars.

    I find it interesting they pull no punches even with modern day public figures. In Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, one of the puzzles requires you to figure out that John Roberts and Scalia decided Citizens United v. FEC specifically so that the templars, under the guise of Abstergo Corporation, could elect and influence any politician they want.

    I hope Ubisoft gives this game and this franchise the due care and attention to detail and presentation that they have in the past, and aren't trying to just push out a product every year for financial gain. I am excited to see how they will continue the arc in the American revolution.

    BEN FRANKLIN WITH HIDDEN BLADES, YO!

    • by sirroc (1157745)

      SPOILER

      Lets not forget; and I hope the developers didn't either. That, Washington at some point during the war acquired a 'Piece of Eden'. Which was passed down to each subsequent president. So, hopefully this 'American' piece will factor heavily into the story.

      Also, this is a chance for them to establish the blood line convergence between Ezio's and Altair's to form subject 16 and Desmond's bloodline. Which makes sense since both characters are decidedly American.

    • I agree its a fantastic story and one that would probably make it into some best-seller NY Times style if it weren't a "Video Game". The soundtrack, is absolutely fantastic.

      I'm disappointed mind you. There's a lot of nuances to the plot you'll never find out unless you spend 100's of hours exploring the city. Not everyone has this much time (or wants to spend it gaming). Mostly, I'm disappointed by the last game. It was way too short - beat it in 4 hours or so. (I'm not contradicting my last point, in that

    • by Anonymous Coward

      My favorite bit is how they weaved in the Book of Genesis.

      Essentially, the earlier civilizations created human beings "in their image" to act as servants. Humanity appears to have rebelled; in fact, an "Adam" and an "Eve" show up in a hidden cutscene implying that they're two of said rebels. Apples of Eden are powerful weapons (working through mind control, with optional Kill setting).

      Adam and Eve escape the slavery of their 'benevolent' Creators with the help of an Apple. It's not actually too hard to read

  • Predator Drone Operator Mode: Unlocked!

  • So, is Washingtons's Havoc weight going to be 2000lbs?

  • Oh wait, it's an Ubisoft game, which means it will have bullshit DRM on it. Guess I'll just have to miss out.

  • After attending a Project Appleseed and learning more about the American Revolution, this sounds fairly awesome. Regardless of what you think of America today, the American Revelation is truly an amazing underdog story.


    (Propoganda? Yes, get some: http://www.appleseedinfo.org/ [appleseedinfo.org])
  • If this shot [imgur.com] isn't almost a direct copy of "The Patriot" then I'm a monkey's uncle. The British on the road below, the hero with the high ground, tomahawk at the ready. Please.
  • Will 6 soldiers wielding riffle just circle the hero and wait for their turn at trying to bayonet him dead instead of just shooting him?
  • I love the first Assassin's Creed like my own child, complete with its flaws. Above all else, the story was great.

    Then came AC2, and with it, all the magic was gone. Hated the story and because I do not connect my PS3 to the internet, the only way I can re-visit some of the better missions is to replay the game from the beginning.

    SPOILER ALERT


    Curse that Apple and the Gods

Chairman of the Bored.

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