The box art for Assassin's Creed III reveals that Desmond's next ancestor will fight for independence in the American Revolution.
There's a lot of bad blood between the Americans and the French these days. The Americans tend to think of their Francophone allies as cheese-eating surrender monkeys while the French view the Yanks as belligerent cowboys. Oh, there have been good times: The Statue of Liberty is a gift from the French, after all, and without them, we'd have lost the Revolutionary War and we'd all be speaking, well, English (British English!) right now. French developer Ubisoft has recently extended a potential olive branch with the box art reveal for Assassin's Creed III, the latest entry in its hit open-world action series. The artwork confirms that the story in the new title will take place during the American Revolution, pitching a legendary Assassin against an army of Redcoats.
The box depicts an white-clad Assassin (probably an ancestor of series framing device, Desmond Miles), tomahawk in hand, leaping atop a British soldier with Betsy Ross's original American flag flying high over clashing British and Colonial forces in the background. While the artwork does confirm the setting for the new installment, it raises a plethora of questions: Who is the new Assassin? Is he a Native American, a Colonial, a Frenchman, or something else? What weapons will he employ? Will the American Revolution be the whole story, or part of a larger narrative arc? Last, but not least, will Assassin's Creed III finally bring some closure to a story that's been cliffhanger after cliffhanger since 2007?
Interested parties should probably keep an eye on an official Ubisoft countdown for more information. The game is currently slated for October 30, 2012, so all Patriots are advised to load their muskets, keep an eye out for the Lobsterbacks, and not pay any exorbitant taxes on tea or stamps until then.
As for British gamers? Well, here's one more thing to add to your list of grievances with France.