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Finally something new instead of just Ezio over and over again (love the guy to death, but I love progression and closure more). I might actually end up buying instead of giving it a pass like I did with the last two Assassin's Creed games. There are certainly more exotic settings they could have chosen than Revolution-era America, but there are still plenty of interesting things they could do with it and it's a setting that doesn't seem to get touched on by a lot of games, so I'll remain hopeful until I see more.

Lethos:
What? You mean the British are going to be evil baby eaters and the Americans are going to be saintly sons of God?

Why has no one used this golden formula before?!

If the protagonist is going to be a Native American, as seems to be the case judging by his tomahawk and deer skin get-up, I'd guess neither side of the Revolution is going to be depicted as particularly "saintly." And apparently, according to AC lore, the American founding fathers were Templars.

Daystar Clarion:

GoaThief:
That PC boxart speaks volumes, wonder how sales will do in England (because you know when people say British they actually mean the mean English, not the poor oppressed Welsh, Scots, and Irish)...

Honestly?

I don't think we really care.

When your country has had the biggest empire the world has ever seen, you accept that your going to be popping up as the bad guys in historically based games.

I'm not concerned that the British will be portrayed in a bad light. I'm concerned it's going to be a typical America! Fuck yeah! fanwank.

Well considering it's still being made by a French company I doubt it. As an American, I can say that I am looking forward to this. Most games about America center on WW2 I'm quite sick of it myself. We still don't know what the nationality of the protag is, why he's there, or what he does throughout the story. America as a market base it easy to blame it on, but it was a pivotal point in the philosophy of the Assassins. I'm not surprised they chose it.

Even if you don't like the idea, think of the expansions that could come out of this. A personal theory is that a French assassin will help you, then in a new game the main character goes to help in the french revolution. Perhaps you can to Britain post conflict and help British assassins remove templar elements in the Monarchy/Parliment during its move toward Democracy.

Also the reason China and other eastern countries were out of the equation is most likely that they wanted to finish desmond's story. Desmond having an asian ancestor seems like quite a leap of logic.

SoranMBane:
Finally something new instead of just Ezio over and over again (love the guy to death, but I love progression and closure more). I might actually end up buying instead of giving it a pass like I did with the last two Assassin's Creed games. There are certainly more exotic settings they could have chosen than Revolution-era America, but there are still plenty of interesting things they could do with it and it's a setting that doesn't seem to get touched on by a lot of games, so I'll remain hopeful until I see more.

Lethos:
What? You mean the British are going to be evil baby eaters and the Americans are going to be saintly sons of God?

Why has no one used this golden formula before?!

If the protagonist is going to be a Native American, as seems to be the case judging by his tomahawk and deer skin get-up, I'd guess neither side of the Revolution is going to be depicted as particularly "saintly." And apparently, according to AC lore, the American founding fathers were Templars.

What I'm hoping is that perhaps the main character is being influenced by a Piece of Eden that the founding fathers have. Would be interesting to see the main character being a pawn till about mid game, and would be good to break the mold of the founding fathers being perfect.

It will be released on Independence Day and make millions.

The English will be demonized, that or the super shock twist is that Washington is a secret templar who uses the Apple to brainwash the Assassins you work with. He will then reveal to be the Force Ghost of Al Mualim.

Why no Russian Revolution?! I'd have bought that, this just reminds me of Red Dead Redemption for some reason, a game I love more than the PS3 it runs on, which I love very much.

Corporal Yakob:
Cool!!!!!!

So lets our place our bets on which of the Founding Fathers were secretly Templar bastards: I bet we will have to fight George Washington!

I bet all of them were Templars, and that within canon the reason for the drive to settle America was because Columbus (or someone) discovered Native Americans had some Pieces of Eden.

DC_Josh:
It will be released on Independence Day and make millions.

The English will be demonized, that or the super shock twist is that Washington is a secret templar who uses the Apple to brainwash the Assassins you work with. He will then reveal to be the Force Ghost of Al Mualim.

Actually the release date is in October.

I like the idea and the new setting, but I kinda wish they's try to make the new guy look a bit more unique. Right now he looks almost exactly like Ezio.

superdelux:
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It appears that the next game in the series will take place during the American revolution and will star a Native American ancestor this time around.

That series had been going downhill anyways. Oh Well. I'll just keep my money for something worthwhile for me.

How the hell will this work? Its got the same issue as feudal Japan has, correct me if I'm wrong but to my knowledge there were no big cities in 19th century America, kinda ruins the whole style of the series a bit.

I'm a little surprised people are shocked about the game being set in the American Revolution. Looking at the AC world the games would have to tackle this era in history. First, Desmond's family line has to cross the pond at some point since that is where Desmond is from (references to being from the Dakotas in AC1 and Revelations). That his ancestor appears to be Native American is a little surprising to me but I'm interested to see if he is not a full-blooded Native American (and I'm not leaving out the possibility he could be so far down a line of desendants from whoever crossed the ocean after Ezio's time) that the character is torn between two worlds that want nothing to do with him. That very idea could be what gets this individual involved with the Assassin's if he isn't born into it like Altair and Ezio. The second reason I can think of as to why the games had to show this time period is that it is going to establish the Templar's rooting in American government and keep control of it after becoming Abstergo, this might even be the game that shows us how the Templar's hid themselves in normal society after knights in armor weren't accepted anymore. My guess is that it will show the Freemasons as the body of the Templars (I shake my head when thinking this, it's a group that gets too much of a bad rap for no good reason) since so many Founding Fatherrs were Maasons. Third, and this goes towards the people who would like to see the games go to the French Revolution, Russian Revolution or one of the World Wars, those games can still happen since they are further in the big book of history. Though I will admit the French Revolution is highly unlikely at this point since they occur so close together, but maybe this game will have sequels like AC2 that could go to France and handle things there. I do agree that one of these games should have a female protagonist, I was hoping for tone this time around myself because I thought it would be really cool, not just for the diversity aspect, but for the man in a woman's body aspect we would get from Desmond seeing the world through a female ancestor.

I've got to say,this looks pretty good just from that,normally i hate Assassins Creed (being the die-hard rebel i am),but that character and setting does look and sound pretty awesome,maybe worthy of a buy =)

hate to break it to you but we are on assassin's creed 4 already, waiting on 5. (creed 1,2,brotherhood,revelations)so yeah, it's 99.9% fake. (that and ubisoft said the next one is all about desmond and "wrapping up" the story.)

Gabanuka:
How the hell will this work? Its got the same issue as feudal Japan has, correct me if I'm wrong but to my knowledge there were no big cities in 19th century America, kinda ruins the whole style of the series a bit.

18th century. You had Boston, New York, Philadelphia, maybe New Haven? Granted, they're not on the same scale as Rome or Constantinople(or weren't at that time), but you do get more of them to even it out a bit.

superdelux:

Kingme18:
Aaaaannndddd this game just became a must buy for me!

Agreed, its the Tomahawk that sealed the deal for me. I bet they will replace the throwing knives.

Indeed. I also bet you'll get to whoop arse with cavalry sabers! :D

I'll admit, I'm disappointed by this setting. The American Revolution is probably one of the periods in history I have the least interest in, and I'm going to find it hard to work up enthusiasm for this one. I had hoped for Feudal Japan or perhaps Victorian England (which would have made for a great gothic/steampunk kind of feel). That, and I've never really been a big fan of American architecture, and let's face it, you spend enough time crawling up the stuff for that to be an important factor in an AC game.

That said, I'm not yet convinced that this is going to be a 100% patriotic appeal to Americans. I'm thinking that the series has more integrity than that. I won't be surprised if the new protagonist has targets on both sides of the conflict.

ranger12116:
hate to break it to you but we are on assassin's creed 4 already, waiting on 5. (creed 1,2,brotherhood,revelations)so yeah, it's 99.9% fake.

It's been 100% confirmed

ranger12116:
hate to break it to you but we are on assassin's creed 4 already, waiting on 5. (creed 1,2,brotherhood,revelations)so yeah, it's 99.9% fake. (that and ubisoft said the next one is all about desmond and "wrapping up" the story.)

It's 100% confirmed, you should take a look at the previous page.
Edit: Damn ninja

BlackStar42:

Gabanuka:
How the hell will this work? Its got the same issue as feudal Japan has, correct me if I'm wrong but to my knowledge there were no big cities in 19th century America, kinda ruins the whole style of the series a bit.

18th century. You had Boston, New York, Philadelphia, maybe New Haven? Granted, they're not on the same scale as Rome or Constantinople(or weren't at that time), but you do get more of them to even it out a bit.

Right, 18th, sorry.

I guess it depends on if they keep it to the one city style of Brotherhood and Revelations or go back to 2 or 3 from the first two games.

Also why is an Assassin whose clearly Native American fighting against the English? Again: not great on American history but weren't they mainly focused in the west/center of the country miles away from the Colonies?

Bummer, I was hoping it would be set in the victorian england, just so we could have fake british accents like the fake italian accents in ACII.

Gabanuka:

BlackStar42:

Gabanuka:
How the hell will this work? Its got the same issue as feudal Japan has, correct me if I'm wrong but to my knowledge there were no big cities in 19th century America, kinda ruins the whole style of the series a bit.

18th century. You had Boston, New York, Philadelphia, maybe New Haven? Granted, they're not on the same scale as Rome or Constantinople(or weren't at that time), but you do get more of them to even it out a bit.

Right, 18th, sorry.

I guess it depends on if they keep it to the one city style of Brotherhood and Revelations or go back to 2 or 3 from the first two games.

Also why is an Assassin whose clearly Native American fighting against the English? Again: not great on American history but weren't they mainly focused in the west/center of the country miles away from the Colonies?

I'm afraid I don't know about that, but it would be really good if it wasn't just "Boo! Brits bad!" What I'd really like to see is him doing some work against both sides, maybe play one off against the other. We might even get the involvement of another European faction like France. I mean, if he is Native American, he's got no real reason to care about either side much.

The Madman:
Eug, of all the amazing times they could have gone with over the course of history, all the little known time periods with huge story potential they went with the *that*. Another opportunity to go all 'AMERICA YEAH!' and so on...

Ah I'm probably being unfair and it's not like I was a big fan of the series to begin with anyway. Still I can't help but think there are so many other setting which could have been so much more interesting.

Well, considering the guy's going to be a native American, the perspective is probably going to be more along the lines of watching 2 different sides tear the country to pieces with neither realising that it wasn't even their country to fuck up in the first place, not exactly what I'd call "AMERICA YEAH!" It's looks like the same sort of deal as the first game, ie. neutral on the main conflict and focusing on getting rid of the morally corrupt members of both sides.

OT: I'm glad that we're leaving the Renaissance now, as much as I loved it at the time. I just hope they've still got some of the sparkle when it comes to characterisation of this new guy and that he can compare to Ezio and friends. I also hope that they'll be scaling back on the weaponry a bit (although it doesn't seem to look like it). Yes, having a lot of options is nice, but in Revelations Ezio was so armed to the teeth it just stopped being believable, and many of the weapons seemed to have very little reason to be there. The hidden gun, for example, was louder, shorter range, held less ammo and took longer to reload than the crossbow, so why the hell would you ever use the hidden gun?

superdelux:
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It appears that the next game in the series will take place during the American revolution and will star a Native American ancestor this time around.

That could easily be the flag of the Union and be set in the American Civil war.

However, while I would greatly prefer the latter I doubt it will be the case.

The box art was released a bit ago apparently...

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Personally, I'm looking forward to this. I'm eager to see if this mean some changes in gameplay like using forest or swamplands, as well as the figures that are going to pop up.

Awww...no Assassin Ninjas...
Still though, HYPED for this, but if there is a cover mechanic...

Alright, so, the setting seems like it would be alright.

I mean, the proliferation of guns could really change some aspects of the gameplay.
You could get good climbing spots, if they select the right area.
The aesthetics will probably clash a bit.
Given that the templars somehow had rifles in the 15th century, I'm left wondering if they'll still have technically anachronistic weapons in this game as well.

I'm not going to touch the plot controversy with a ten foot pole though.

Nyaoku:
*SPOILER ALERT :D*

Ok ... now we assassinate Lincoln ... and frame the other guy.

You want to assassinate the guy, 28-36 years before he was born?

:D

theheroofaction:
Alright, so, the setting seems like it would be alright.

I mean, the proliferation of guns could really change some aspects of the gameplay.
You could get good climbing spots, if they select the right area.
The aesthetics will probably clash a bit.
Given that the templars somehow had rifles in the 15th century, I'm left wondering if they'll still have technically anachronistic weapons in this game as well.

I'm not going to touch the plot controversy with a ten foot pole though.

The Templars probably have HK M416s in this game. :P

I'm glad that the main character is no longer Ezio, but I was hoping for the setting to be somewhere in China or Russia. We have enough glorification of America as it is XD.

tony2077:
i was hoping for a girl voiced by the same va as femshep but this sound good enough

Great idea! A female assassins would be fun to play. At least it would be DIFFERENT!
This new guys looks like another Ezio.

AFK. Beating AC 2, Brotherhood, and Revelations. Even though I bought the encyclopedia and could just read everything.

I can't be the only one who thinks this a bad idea.

There's no tall buildings, boring architecture, no real good conspiracy theories...

What happened to the Russian revolution, Victorian England, or the fall of the aztec empire?

All of those have intresting and varied landscapes, tall structures, interesting architecture, and tons of things to tie in...

Rausputin, Jack the ripper, the whole end of the world thingwhichwasthemayansbutitwouldstillwork...

superdelux:
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It appears that the next game in the series will take place during the American revolution and will star a Native American ancestor this time around.

This doesn't look official. YES, the games details were announced today but I found a different picture. It seems more like a fans version of the character BASED on the Box Art.

Also, the box art: http://www.gametrailers.com/side-mission/2012/03/01/ubisoft-confirms-assassins-creed-iiis-setting-and-hero-reveals-box-art/

EDIT: I'm wrong, this is also official. Sorry guys, I actually thought it was fanart.

NinjaDeathSlap:

The Madman:
Eug, of all the amazing times they could have gone with over the course of history, all the little known time periods with huge story potential they went with the *that*. Another opportunity to go all 'AMERICA YEAH!' and so on...

Ah I'm probably being unfair and it's not like I was a big fan of the series to begin with anyway. Still I can't help but think there are so many other setting which could have been so much more interesting.

Well, considering the guy's going to be a native American, the perspective is probably going to be more along the lines of watching 2 different sides tear the country to pieces with neither realising that it wasn't even their country to fuck up in the first place, not exactly what I'd call "AMERICA YEAH!"

I'm fairly certain the vast majority of native Americans sided with the British in the revolutionary war and in other conflicts besides (ie; against the Spanish), considering the colonists as a direct threat to their well-being. Odd that the AC3 artwork places a native cutting up redcoats.

I'm sure some mega-history buffs can confirm/deny this.

undeadsuitor:
I'm interest to see how Assassins operate in a world of guns and projectile weaponry.

Are you implying that bladed weapons aren't the best options available for assassination today?

BakaSmurf:
Being one of the few people that's going to genuinely miss Ezio kind of irks me though... Really, what is it everyone has against him?

You mean a character part of a cliche "italian revenge" plot that skipped several years and whose progression was so predictable you could calculate it trough an equation?

Won't be missed.

Isn't Ubisoft's big AC3 announcement coming up in like 4 days? I'd rather not get my hopes up on that awesome pic until I hear it straight from the horse's mouth.

To all the people saying Ubisoft is pandering to the "America, Fuck Yeah!" crowd, I'd like to point out this is a Native American Assassin.

Let that sink in for a few.

Okay, is it there yet? The Americans are likely going to be bad guys since we've seen a picture of George Washington holding an Apple of Eden, thus hinting that he's likely a Templar.

Now let that one sink in for a bit.

Also, the "sick and tired of games set in America during this era" argument. You mean like Empire: Total War which had a small "Main Campaign" that acted as a tutorial? Because beyond that I can't think of any other game I've ever played in this setting.

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