Here's 4 reasons why you should care about Assassin's Creed III
- Posted February 18th, 2012 at 14:08 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 9 Comments
Brand fatigue is undoubtedly one of the most unpleasant side effects in today’s videogames market, with annualized sequels to triple-A franchises and incremental updates bringing in big bucks at the cost of risk and innovation. Call of Duty notwithstanding, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise is one of the most obvious offenders of recent memory. After a patchy start in 2007, the French publisher churned out a whopper in 2009 with Assassin’s Creed II, adding a wealth of new gameplay mechanics, missions and a full economy system. For all intents and purposes, it was the game the original desperately wanted to be. It became a critical darling and set tills alight upon launch.
Beginning with Brotherhood however, Ubisoft began to pump out yearly sequels to the seminal Renaissance-era adventure, tweaking things here and there but never really truly evolving the brand beyond its ACII-era trappings. Aside from the admittedly brilliant multiplayer component, Ezio Auditore’s stabby shenanigans changed little over the years, before culminating in 2011’s Revelations. Personally I loved the games to death and was quite content to plonk down the cash for more Italian stallion action, but reading around the web it’s abundantly clear not everyone shared the same sentiment – needless to say, the subject remains a highly contentious topic at PSU Towers to this day.
But let’s get back on track. With Assassin’s Creed III confirmed for an October 2012 launch, it’s little wonder that some gamers are a little apprehensive – or outright not arsed at all, for that matter – over the prospect of strapping on that iconic hidden blade once more.
Here’s why you should sit up and take notice.
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Ezio Auditore was a superb lead, and personally one of my all-time favourite videogame characters to date. His story resonated deeply, and watching him evolve from a rambunctious, womanizing 15th century cheeky chappie into a hardened, vengeful Assassin ranks as perhaps one of the most compelling game stories out there. However, after three games, it was time for Ezio to hang up his hidden blade and make way for an all-new protagonist. Reading around the web, it’s obvious some folk had a bone to pick with Ubisoft’s desire to milk Ezio for all he was worth, and the promise of new blood for ACIII is sure to stimulate interest again. Sure, we know Desmond’s back – after all, there’s a story to finish there – but the new historical lead is open to interpretation. Rumors have pointed to a Chinese protagonist based on AC: Embers, or possibly even Altair’s surviving son. Quite who it’ll be is anyone’s guess, but the chance to slip into the stealthy shoes of a fresh Assassin from a new era is a tantalizing prospect.
It’s the end of the world as we know it
For the past five years, Assassin’s Creed has slowly but inexorably been building towards a gripping climax – at least for the current story arc – with the whole 2012 apocalypse plotline. We know the series is going to continue after ACIII, but for now, there’s a story to wrap up. Players have been battling against the dastardly Templars as Altair and Ezio, both of whom are now out of the picture; the story is near its end, and it’d be a crime not to see it through after all that blood, sweat and tears. But mostly blood. Revelations really set things up for an epic conclusion (forgive the overused superlative), and Desmond is now in possession of the knowledge that will – hopefully – subvert a global catastrophe that wiped out The First Civilization a millennia ago. A climax like this warrants attention, and more importantly, is likely to pull out all the stops in the process.
A new protagonist means a new era of history is for the taking, and this is perhaps one of the most significant additions ACIII has going for it. Right now it remains unknown what location will make up the game’s historical backdrop, but a ton of locales have been thrown around, including the American Revolution, Victorian London and Ancient China. Any one of those offers a rich and diverse playground in which to set ACIII’s sandbox stab-‘em-up, and I’ve already salivated over the prospect of scaling Big Ben and taking in the majestic view atop the clock tower before performing a Leap of Faith into a hay cart on the cobbled streets below. Ubisoft has always had an impeccable eye for detail, and you only have to look at the series’ meticulous recreations of iconic landmarks like the Coliseum and the Santa Maria del Fiore to know that we’re sure to get the same level of eye-candy in ACIII’s environments, wherever they might be set. Get excited.
‘The biggest game to date'
The fact we’re getting ACIII just a year after Revelations makes you wonder just how much Ubisoft can cram into the game before October. However, one key aspect that has personally turned my own expectations of the game on their head is the fact this latest game has been in development for three years. In other words, when Ubisoft was pushing ACII out the door, they were already working on this. That’s a lot of time in the oven, offering ample opportunity for the team to implement some truly substantial changes to the formula -- core gameplay mechanics, aesthetics, structure, the works. In other words, those of you expecting Revelations 2.0 are likely going to be in for a pleasant surprise here. In addition to that, Ubisoft overlord Yves Guillemot has teased that ACIII will be the ‘biggest game to date’ in the series, and apparently is already shaping up rather impressively. Add all this up, and it certainly sounds like the game is going take the franchise to the next level.
October 30 can't come soon enough.
- 2:52pm EST - February 18th, 2012
EDO JAPAN and Ninjas! Screw the American Revolution. I wish you guys would hang that up already.
- 5:22pm EST - February 18th, 2012
sounds great and all but isn't there a bortherhood creed III ezio future game coming out first where you play as an assasin in the past, but it's still secretely really the future like in the matrix. I don't know, but this new one sounds like a whole new concept to me and I can't seem to remember what game is what...
or maybe they should come out with a sequel or prequel to clear it all up
- 6:07pm EST - February 18th, 2012
I'm really hoping for ANYTHING other than ninjas. I feel ninjas don't fit in an assasins creed game at all. The setting would be cool, but ninjas, no.
- 12:24am EST - February 19th, 2012
i was bored with brotherhood, revelations was exactly the same.. creed is dead to me
mercenary_cloud | mercenary_cloud
- 6:52pm EST - February 19th, 2012
i think that they are kinda getting too carried away with assassin's creed now the first 2 were good but brotherhood and revelation's weren't as good as i was hoping they would be.
BlindMango | BlindMango
- 8:31pm EST - February 19th, 2012
I hope ACIII is in modern times the entire time following Desmond honestly, if they do it right, a modern Assassin's Creed would be amazing! With kind of a dark stealth theme in a large city, silenced pistols, but keeping an emphasis on melee assassination, it would be hard, but if done right, it would be a very interesting turn in the series, either way, it will most likely be in modern times, you can tell by all the hints and warnings in the story over the past few years.
- 1:14am EST - February 20th, 2012
honestly by the ending of Revelations, it doesnt seem like there should be any memory gameplay. I feel as though it should be all in the present day.
- 11:48pm EST - February 20th, 2012
3 How do you figure ninjas wouldn't fit? Ninjas are the epitome of assassins. You make no sense.
@6 Was about to call you crazy until I gave it some thought. It actually would be pretty neat however they'd have to give Desmond some better garbs. College kid look ain't cutting it. Also I hate Desmond as a character. He's like the feminine whiny side to Drake that we never got to see in Uncharted. Not likeable in the least bit. Make him more dark and we have a story. But even still it would be a lame change and a missed oppurtunity to explore more places. Like...EDO JAPAN!
- 5:27pm EDT - March 27th, 2012
For the love of all things Assassin's Creed, I am so glad it wasn't Japan and ninjas...
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