Continuing on the theme of leaks, Ubisoft has recently been hit with a string of them. First the upcoming Assassin’s Creed 3 had its cover art hit the internet ahead of the company’s official announcement, confirming that the long-standing rumors were true and that the game would be set during the American Revolution.
A batch of screenshots were later leaked, showing off the game’s new protagonist skulking through frost covered woods with a bow and arrow. Others featured the assassin preparing to ambush a small group of redcoats. Yet another shows him handling a tomahawk in the shape of what appears to be the symbol of the assassins.
Today, a countdown timer over at the game’s official site finally hit zero and, after some technical issues were resolved, the site…linked to a new trailer as well as Gameinformer. Joy.
According to GameInformer’s site, a mere tease, the franchise’s fifth title has been in development for three years. Fortunately, more substantial information from the April edition of the magazine comes via Gamingbolt. Players can look forward to a new camera designed to better capture the action, a new version of the Anvil engine, and settings ranging from Boston to New York.
The hero of the new game comes from a mix of Native American and British blood. Ratohnhaké:ton, or Connor, was born into the Mohawk tribe. Like Ezio’s oddly placed allies, Machiavelli and da Vinci, Connor will join forces with George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. No word yet on whether or not players can expect to bring the pain with Thomas Paine.
As for the gameplay, players will be able to dual wield weapons. The stealth and fighting systems have been purportedly redesigned. Seasons will change organically. The economic systems have also been revamped, allowing the player to hunt game in the woods and to sell pelts. Fast travel is another confirmed addition to the game. Finally, the dreaded den defense system from Revelations is being abandoned.
Assassin’s Creed III releases on October 30th, 2012 for the PC, 360, and PS3 and will retail for the standard $59.99. VG247 also reports that a Wii U version is in development. I’ll be waiting for the inevitable announcement that the PC version has been delayed. Check out the brand spanking new trailer below.