Assassin’s Creed III [Updated with Screenshots!]

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UPDATE! Some screenshots seem to have also been leaked…


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55 Comments on "Assassin’s Creed III [Updated with Screenshots!]"

  1. StealthRanger March 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm -      #1

    Damn thats badass! If only that were a game!

  2. Asger March 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm -      #2

    It’s either this or a game about 90 year old Ezio stuck in a retirement home run by templars.

  3. Hitman H94 March 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm -      #3

    American revolution should be interesting to be honest.

  4. pimpscastle March 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm -      #4

    is this real

  5. lancer_AR March 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm -      #5

    I hope to god this isn’t real at this point they’re milking the series they said multiple times the third one was supposed to be about desmond

    I personally think they should have left desmond out of the equation all together, expanded more on altair in the first game so it didn’t feel like you were getting thrown into the middle of something, and just never had the “desmond in the animus” storyline

    now unless they pull something out of nowhere they need to explain why desmond is in the animus AGAIN instead of saving the world or what ever it is he’s supposed to be doing

  6. NEGATIVE-ZERO March 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm -      #6

    That actually does look pretty badass. Maybe Big George himself will be in the game.

    At least they seem to have stopped whoring out Ezio now.

  7. Dr. Doctor March 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm -      #7

    It’s not milking the series, it’s what I wanted in the first place. To have multiple assassins in multiple time periods using Desmond and the Animus. Not stick to Ezio like flypaper.
    I hope they pull this off.

  8. Hitman H94 March 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm -      #8

    Yeh this is official.

  9. Lightning March 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm -      #9

    Buying this game as long it has a good story… I don’t really care about Desmond, prefer the history aspects of the game.

  10. Commander Cross March 1, 2012 at 6:01 pm -      #10

    @Dr. Doctor

    Agreed on that much.
    Wonder how far will the game’s storylines go.

  11. Envoy March 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm -      #11

    “Maybe Big George himself will be in the game.”
    Maybe he’s a templar…

  12. GuardianAngel1911 March 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm -      #12

    Washington was a Freemason, as were most of the founding fathers, meaning they were templars, I think one of Subject 16’s clues involved that actually.
    Also, he has to find the key to how to save the world now so maybe thats why he’s in the Animus again? or maybe its a different characters ancestor entirely?

  13. GuardianAngel1911 March 1, 2012 at 6:29 pm -      #13

    @Commander and Doctor
    I’m guessing its going to involve trying to stop the templar conspiracy surrounding the war which is really for the secret bunker found at the end of Revelations by Desmond his dad and co. In order to unlock the secrets of the base he must go through the history of the bunker perhaps

  14. Dr. Lowk McNinja March 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm -      #14

    “It’s either this or a game about 90 year old Ezio stuck in a retirement home run by templars.”

    That would either be horrible or
    ““Maybe Big George himself will be in the game.”
    Maybe he’s a templar…”

    I bet he’d be an Assassin.
    When are they going to have a modern one with Desmond as the main assassin? I’d like to see how assassin like running would work out in an modern city environment.

  15. GuardianAngel1911 March 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm -      #15

    on George as I said historically he’s a freemason, and at one point it was hinted at that the entire continental congress is involved with the Templars, Washington actually started the tradition of the President holding the Apple of Eden meaning that the Presidents use it to manipulate the populace.

  16. Dr. Lowk McNinja March 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm -      #16

    “on George as I said historically he’s a freemason, and at one point it was hinted at that the entire continental congress is involved with the Templars, Washington actually started the tradition of the President holding the Apple of Eden meaning that the Presidents use it to manipulate the populace.”

    OMG, the final boss battle will be with George Washington

  17. Carmine March 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm -      #17

    FINALLY they stopped prostituting Ezio >_>

  18. mrgendrons 2.0 March 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm -      #18

    so……..people of the revolutionary war WOULDN’T notice a guy like that running around?riiiiiight :roll:

  19. Dr. Lowk McNinja March 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm -      #19

    “so……..people of the revolutionary war WOULDN’T notice a guy like that running around?riiiiiight”

    Not really seeing how he’d stand out. He looks like he could be regular hunter at first glance.

  20. Mister Teal March 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm -      #20


  21. Dr. Lowk McNinja March 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm -      #21


    He doesn’t look like a ghost.

  22. Mister Teal March 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm -      #22

    He could rise up the ranks, get close to the klan leader then surprise him with his dago heritage before he kills him.

  23. GuardianAngel1911 March 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm -      #23

    Honestly during a war seeing a guy armed to the teeth killing people is a bit unremarkable, plus he could pass as a hunter as Lowk said, hell he could probably just say he was a scout, who’s going to question the legitimacy of the claim. Especially when he’s being shown killing redcoats on one of the box arts, its liable that he doesn’t know till near the end of the game that the founding fathers are templars, or till its too late period.

  24. mrgendrons 2.0 March 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm -      #24

    @Dr. Lowk McNinja
    thought hunters of that era wore animal hides……but if hes near revolutionary soilders they would hesitate to attack.
    @Mister Teal
    WIN!! XD
    welp i gotta go again see ya.

  25. Dr. Lowk McNinja March 1, 2012 at 8:20 pm -      #25

    Anyone think they going to introduce a better sneaking mechanic other then Blend and roof tops.
    I don’t really picture a lot of buildings for that era and location.

  26. The Geek Lord March 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm -      #26

    So I’m not the only one who thinks it should be set in the Civil War era.

  27. The Geek Lord March 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm -      #27

    Oh, this is the Revolution? Works for me.

  28. Commander Cross March 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm -      #28

    @Geek Lord

    As Lord of the Geeks, where are your knights?

  29. ZomBourbon March 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm -      #29

    “Anyone think they going to introduce a better sneaking mechanic other then Blend and roof tops.
    I don’t really picture a lot of buildings for that era and location.”

    They’re just going to make everything snowy, and say his wearing white makes him invisible.

  30. Mister Teal March 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm -      #30

    On the Xbox Avatar Marketplace they have a cowboy outfit under the “Assassin’s Creed Universe” section. So maybe they’ll roll a bunch of different times and places into the next game.

  31. sgtNACHO March 2, 2012 at 12:34 am -      #31

    From what I’ve seen and read the man is at least part Native American. Hence the Tomahawk and Bow n Arrow.

    I can see this for a few reasons.

    Desmond grew up in the American Midwest (so plenty of Native Americans in them parts. He could travel to the colonies, or maybe he is a native who lives near the colonies then leaves later on to start a tribe of assassins)

    Native Americans respect nature and animals. The Eagle is kind of the link between Assassins in these games, so making his name “Swift Eagle” or something is easy.

    Natives were always fighting with the colonists. And since it’s likely that the Americans will be the antagonists (Washington=Freemason/Templar) its easy to make conflict.

    In my discussions about the game toda, my group of friends hopes the game becomes more about stealth and hit n run stuff than gadgets. Ezio had (gun, poison dart gun, 2 blades, poison blade, hookblade, parachute, crossbow, throwing knives, a dagger, a sword, and armor. Not to mention a money pouche, bombs, and even room to put flowers, pieces of eden, keys, scrolls, and books.) Yet he was like 65 and could still swim and climb shit? Talk about realistic -_-

    I want it to be about real stuff, like stealth, silent kills, relying on your cunning and wit over weapons and flashy clothes. Ezio made no sense as a sneaky assassin. Too much metal clanking around and bright colors.

  32. man March 2, 2012 at 1:07 am -      #32

    How many games did Ezio appear in on the series?

  33. Carmine March 2, 2012 at 1:58 am -      #33

    ^ 3

  34. Dr. Doctor March 2, 2012 at 9:33 am -      #34

    This is official? Not photoshop? Alright, this is cool.
    This will be an interesting setting. I honestly cannot wait for this game.

  35. Lightning March 2, 2012 at 9:38 am -      #35

    Will miss Ezio a little though, his character grew on me after 3 games.

  36. Dr. Lowk McNinja March 2, 2012 at 9:45 am -      #36

    “Ezio made no sense as a sneaky assassin. Too much metal clanking around and bright colors.”

    I though Ezio’s thing was hiding in plain sight. Other then a sword(most of his other weapons were hidden) he seemed to fit in fairly easily with the people around him.
    Though I am hoping more for this
    “I want it to be about real stuff, like stealth, silent kills, relying on your cunning and wit over weapons and flashy clothes.”
    “They’re just going to make everything snowy, and say his wearing white makes him invisible.”

  37. Dr. Doctor March 2, 2012 at 10:13 am -      #37

    Ezio’s probably going to have a lot of cameos in this game. I don’t see why they wouldn’t after how much Altair was mentioned in Ezio’s games.

  38. Hitman H94 March 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm -      #38

    @Dr. Doctor
    I don’t think that this is continuing from Desmond, so there won’t be Ezio or Altair.

  39. Carmine March 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm -      #39
  40. GuardianAngel1911 March 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm -      #40

    The assassin on the box has a name, Connor he’s half mohawk and was raised by his mothers tribe
    it cites Gameinformer

  41. Lightning March 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm -      #41

    Screenshots look good. So Washington was an ally to the Assasins?

  42. Hitman H94 March 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm -      #42

    Just read something, this is Desmond’s ancestor, but this will be the last game featuring Desmond.

  43. Lightning March 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm -      #43

    Poor Desmond… Nah, I don’t really care, lol.

  44. Aelfinn March 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm -      #44

    Is it a definite that the Founding Fathers are Templars? I mean, if there’s one thing that would antagonize an American fan base, it would be seeing the FF portrayed as evil.

  45. andrew March 3, 2012 at 5:24 am -      #45

    >assasins creed
    >implying the american revolution is as interesting a backdrop as the french revolution

  46. Hitman H94 March 3, 2012 at 7:49 am -      #46

    Some info has been leaked!

    The game’s new hero is a half-English/half-Native American assassin called Connor and he’ll encounter and interact with a number of key figures from the American Revolution period, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

    Assassin’s Creed III will be set in and around New York and Boston between 1753 and 1783, which will see Connor growing up from a young boy on the American frontier, where he’s raised by the Mohawk before leaving to confront the Templars after his village is burned down by white colonists.

    Ubisoft is apparently also aiming to make Assassin’s Creed III feel more like Assassin’s Creed 3.5, with a completely overhauled engine allowing for improved facial animation and large battle scenes featuring loads of soldiers on screen at once. And not all of the game’s British colonists will be pure evil either. You’ll meet some nice ones too.

    More details about the protagonist/scenarios: You will experience Connor’s childhood on the American frontier as he is raised by the Mohawk. The Mohawk eventually clash with white colonists who burn their village down, causing Connor to dedicate his life to confront tyranny and injustice.

    A new traversal approach that has players leaping and climbing trees and mountain cliffs.

    Uses a new version of the Anvil engine that can “depict thousands of troops engaged in bloody battle” along with highly detailed face close-ups.

    They later imply that if they used version numbers, they would be like going from Anvil 1.0 -> Anvil 2.0 or something of that nature.

    Combat is focused on putting you on the offensive and based on speed/momentum.

    The main character has thousands of new and unique animations (no carry over from other titles) to support the new combat system.

    George Washington: Interacting with Washington is one of the core relationships of the game.

    Benjamin Franklin: He’s not a convenient inventor a la Da Vinci.

    Charles Lee: His role is a mystery.

    You will see the great fire of New York. You will visit Valley Forge as a location that is currently occupied by Washington’s forces. You will visit these places in the moment that they were important, and hopefully, experience the reason why we know where they are today. That’s the goal.

    Connor is in the heart of major battles, and they can now have a couple thousand guys on screen, whereas before it was capped at about 100.

    The overall story is still centered around the Assassins versus the Templars and Connor’s journey.

    Not all the Colonists will be cast as good people, and not all the British will be cast as evil oppressors. They’re trying to focus on how both the Assassins and Templars viewpoints exist in a gray morality as the Templars really believe they’re saving the world.

    The French and Native Americans will also feature in the game, as was probably really obvious.

    The modern day stuff relates to that location in New York at the end of Revelations.

    There will be all sorts of wilderness in the game referred to as the Frontier.

    The map of the Frontier is 1.5 times bigger than the entire map of Brotherhood.

    The Frontier is not empty like in Assassin’s Creed 1, but features a third of the game’s missions and gameplay content.

    You can hunt animals for resources, and how you kill them effects your reward. A one hit kill on a bear gets you a much more valuable pelt than stabbing it eight times.

    The wilderness traversal plays a big part in the gameplay in the Frontier, allowing you to use trees, cliffs, ledges, and more to set up kills and combat.

    Connor does have a hidden blade.

    The world changes as time passes, so a field where a battle happened in one year may just be a series of empty encampments a few months later.

    The entire world will change with seasons, so the cities and the wilderness will all exist in both Summer and Winter settings.

    In the winter, soldiers will move slowly and stumble about in the snow, and lakes and rivers will freeze over allowing you new terrain to work with. This gives Connor an extra advantage since he can still use the trees and wilderness pretty effectively during this time of year.

    There are all sorts of clubs and groups who want you to join and give you quests. These are separate from the mission system. These clubs will contact you based on what you do in the game. For example, hunting a lot will get you an invitation to the hunting society.

    There will be a goods based economy, a new property system, and more Desmond stuff.

    There’s going to be some new puzzle thing like the first person Tetris.

    There’s a new Animus database known as Animus 3.0.

    They’re not unveiling anything about the multiplayer yet.

    There will be more platforming levels.

    Full synchronization returns, but with major tweaks. Missions have checkpoints, You also get significant rewards for doing these tasks instead of a 100%. “Imagine a leveling system in an RPG, except there’s a finite amount of XP to find. The more in-sync you get, the more you fill your sync bar. Within each mission, each activity you complete has a value”. You can replay everything to increase your score.

    They imply there is something resembling the Brotherhood system of picking up fellow assassins.

    Aligned groups are gone, but something new is replacing them in regards to factions. They don’t say what.

    There’s a new notoriety system that is more hidden and doesn’t penalise you for exploring risky areas.

    The game has fast travel because the game has more traveling.

    Don’t expect more den defense.

    You can upgrade Connor’s gear and costume as the game goes on in an attempt to make it feel more authentic.

    The cities have a lot more subtle detail now in terms of ambient things that happen.

    You can now leap over wagons or slide under obstacles, including navigating over and around moving objects. The free running stuff also has you jumping through windows to trees and then on top of church roofs. Basically, expect the free running stuff, but more fluid and presumably generally closer to the ground.

    Connor enters battle with two weapons. The game uses the same controls in and out of battle.

    The tomahawk and knife are a “constant presence” in battle. They also let you do double counters and multiple takedowns, and you can chain kills.

    There’s no more target locking, it just automatically detects your target.

    Counter/defense are the same button to prevent turtling.

    You can use human shields and other context sensitive moves.

    They want you to constantly move in battle.

    There are lots of secondary attacks like the one shot pistol on the Y button.

    There’s a new dynamic camera to track the action and make it look as cinematic as possible.

    There is a new sprinting system also, so you can hold the button to instantly turn around and start fleeing from combat. They also let you kill people while still moving so you can keep chasing a target. They kind of imply you can even leap off of them after you kill them, though I’m not sure if that makes you faster or just doesn’t impede your movement.

    They really, really, really want you to constantly move. I mean like they say this every four sentences. Not just in battle, but in every section of the game.

    They also try to keep you more in control of the combat than ever before.

    Game Informer really loves their animation system.

    There are around 2.5 hours of character scenes in the game that are fully acted and recorded. They mean this in Naughty Dog style where they have the actors being mocaped while performing on a set that resembles the scene in the game.

    They’re aiming for accuracy by having historical dialog consultants and actual Native American actors.

  47. Dr. Doctor March 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm -      #48

    A rifle, dual wielding weapons, as well as an upgrade to the full-synch system…dude, I want this game.

  48. Lightning March 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm -      #49

    This is definitely game-of-year material just by looking at its revamped system.

  49. Dr. Lowk McNinja March 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm -      #50

    No more swords?

  50. Dr. Doctor March 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm -      #51

    I’m willing to bet that the tomahawk will be interchangeable, just like how Ezio could buy weapons and armor. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t.
    Still, it will be sad to see swords go, if they do.

  51. sgtNACHO March 4, 2012 at 10:08 pm -      #52

    I’m digging it

  52. man March 5, 2012 at 2:53 am -      #53

    Good grief!
    I’m telling my roommate about this now!

  53. Dr. Lowk McNinja March 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm -      #54

    Now with trailer

  54. Dr. Lowk McNinja March 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm -      #55

    Connor looks to be replacing Ezio as my favorite of the assassins.
    Also if that trailer is anything to go by Zomb might be right about the snow thing. The tree running thing is a nice touch though.

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