Will Assassin's Creed III Take Place During the American Revolution?
Update: Confirmed by Ubisoft with official box art revealed. Click here for more details.
Expect us to speculate about this a lot until Ubisoft makes things official, but it looks as if we might have our first clue as to where the next Assassin's Creed game will take place. We've known for a while now that Assassin's Creed III< was coming sometime in 2012. Earlier this month, this was confirmed by Ubisoft, along with an October 30th release date.
But of course, that left us to speculate about where and when the game would take place. We've discussed everything from Feudal Japan to London and Moscow, but an image captured by a Best Buy employee and sent to Kotaku may reveal that the game will actually take place during the American Revolution.
The image shows what looks to be a native-American draped in an Assassin's costume with an 18th century American twist, standing in front of the original Continental US flag. In one hand, he has a gun. In the other, a tomahawk, and he looks to be carrying a bow and arrows on his back, along with the various swords and knifes we've become accustomed to.
Here's the (pretty epic) picture (click to enlarge):
The Kotaku post also states that Ubisoft will reveal the game on March 5th, along with the pre-order bonuses you'd expect.
Of course, the character would likely have to be half-native American, seeing as Desmond's bloodline comes from Eurasia, but it would make sense. Italians had been traveling to the Americas since the 15th century, so it's not inconceivable that a union between someone on those boats and a native-American lady could happen with one of Ezio's grandkids or great-grandkids or something. Obviously the Assassin bloodline had to get to the other side of the pond at some point for us to get Desmond. A native-American hero definitely makes sense, with both the British and colonists fighting it out and the natives right in the middle, battling both sides while fighting against atrocities of the time.
The only concern I have is with the architecture of the area in that time. For a while I thought that if it were to take place in America, it would have to be in the 19th century around the time of the Civil War, where the architecture in places such as New York and Boston was similar to that overseas. Seeing as the US is still a collection of colonies during the Revolutionary War, you'd have to imagine that most areas are more open and more sparingly populated, which would make being an Assassin, crossing rooftops and getting around undetected all the more difficult. But then again, that could be Ubisoft's intention. As we've stated so many times before, even when we reviewed the last game, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, we said that if Ubisoft were to do this again after such a short time, they'd have to make a considerable amount of changes. Just by looking at this image, if it is indeed real, this could very well be the case.
We'll have to wait and see whether any of this is true. In the meantime, you can check out the Revelations Lost Archives DLC, which is on PSN and XBLA now.
UPDATE 10AM March 1st: The Assassin's Creed Facebook page is teasing an announcement later today, as well as something to come in "a few days". Moreover, NeoGaf has uncovered even more evidence, with a banner that depicts our new Native American hero on an iconic painting of George Washington. Click to enlarge: