Those of you hungry for the third installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise should feel sated after Ubisoft’s press conference today. Ubisoft treated us to some tasty gameplay of their tentpole stealth-action franchise, showing off the game’s stunning visuals, solid animations and the Parkour-heavy, target killing gameplay that we have come to know and love.
The story spans 30 years surrounding the American Revolutionary War. You play as Connor, a half British, half Native American warrior-turned-assassin. While seeking your clan’s freedom, you are drawn into a battle against the sworn enemy of the Assassin’s Order – the Templars. On your way to becoming a master assassin, you become a pivotal player in sparking the Revolutionary War.
Ubisoft showed off a fully-playable chapter of the game that took place in the snowy wilderness (you versus wolves) and in an army encampment (you versus the Redcoats). Using Anvil Next’s “stunningly realistic” new engine, Ubisoft promises bloody melee combat and stealthy assassinations on blood-soaked battlefields, crowded city streets and in the perilous wilderness. The gameplay we saw was impressive, with Connor leaping from tree branches and taking out scores of baddies via a series of smooth executions.
Ubisoft promises, “You will not only witness history – you will make it.” From what we saw, the game is looking great. Check out the screenshots below and judge for yourself.
Assassin’s Creed III releases on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U and PC this coming October.
For the official story, straight from the horse’s mouth, here’s what Ubisoft’s fact sheet has to say about Assassin’s Creed.
The American Colonies, 1775. A brave young warrior fights to save his homeland. But what begins as a struggle over territory turns into an extraordinary journey that will transform him into a Master Assassin—and will forever change the destiny of a nation.
You are Connor, warrior son of a Native American mother and British father. As the colonies draw closer to revolution, you will dedicate your life to the freedom of your clan –becoming the spark that ignites the revolution into full blaze. Your crusade will take you through blood-soaked battlefields to crowded city streets, to perilous wilderness and beyond. You will not only witness history—you will make it.
Set against the backdrop of one of the bloodiest Revolutions in world history, prepare to be drawn back into the centuries old battle between the Assassin’s Order and their sworn enemy, the Templars. Unleash lethal new skills and experience a stunningly realistic world created by Anvil Next, a new engine that redefines gaming.
Welcome to an entirely new chapter in the Assassin’s Creed saga.
A NEW MASTER ASSASSIN— As Connor, a Native American Assassin, use your predatory instincts to stalk your enemies and eviscerate them with a new arsenal of weapons including tomahawks, rope darts, firearms, and more.
IGNITE THE FIRES OF REVOLUTION— From Lexington to Bunker Hill, become America’s first highly trained Master Assassin. Bear witness to the real conspiracy behind the American Revolution between the Assassin’s Order and the Templar menace alongside historical icons including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and many more.
EXPLORE A BRAVE NEW WORLD— Pursue your enemies through massive environments – from bustling city streets to blood-soaked battlefields and into the far reaches of the American frontier.
STUNNING NEW ENGINE— Introducing Anvil Next, our new engine designed for Assassin’s Creed III. Revolutionary physics, animations, and weather systems deliver unprecedented realism, while a new combat system delivers more intense, gut-wrenching battles than ever before.
And here are some screenshots, fresh from Ubisoft!