It’s set in the American Revolutionary War, so it probably wasn’t too much of a stretch to guess that the British forces would be the main fodder you face down in Assassin’s Creed 3. Still, according to series canon, George Washington was a Templar and held an Apple of Eden – who knows, maybe this will be the most racially-insenitive Assassin’s Creed yet, annoying every race, colour and (no pun intended) creed equally.
Aside from wholesale slaughter of people who will inevitably sound like Dick Van Dyke by the time the voices are recorded, the trailer also shows a glimpse of new protagonist Connor, a half-English, half-Native American Assassin. There are some nice details for fans of the series, such as the tomahawk blade in the shape of the Assassin logo, and the reworking of the Assassin robes into a frontiersman’s outfit.
The suggestion that most of the series’ trademark parkour will take place in trees makes for a welcome change. Though Brotherhood is pretty much universally thought to be the series’ peak, follow-up Revelations was clearly treading water; any change is therefore pretty welcome at this stage. The engine is apparently designed to handle far more characters onscreen than ever before, suggesting some full-on skirmishes this time around – without any gameplay footage though, it’s hard to tell.
We’ll find out when the game releases later this year on Xbox 360, PS3, PC and, it’s rumoured, Wii U.