assassinscreed.ubi.com: Assassin's Creed 3

It’s 18th century America this time. The year is 1775. Thirteen American colonies are on the brink of a revolution and you, the player, are Connor Kenway (whose birth name is Ratohnhake:ton), the protagonist, an assassin who has sworn to secure liberty for his people and his nation. Born to a Mohawk mother and a British father, he struggles to find his place in a world that views him as an outsider.

You will hunt your enemies across a staggeringly large, open and realistic world. You will let loose your lethal skills in a violent quest that will take you from the chaotic city streets to blood-soaked battlefields in the hostile American wilderness and beyond. On your journey, you will meet legendary American heroes and together you will conspire to get rid of those who threaten liberty.

The game allows you to pursue your enemies through a massive and dynamic world. Legendary battlefields of Lexington and Concord and the crowded streets of Boston and New York are on the cards, apart from the snow-covered Appalachian wilderness. To help you in your quest, the game will also direct you to form an alliance with General George Washington, the tenacious commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first President of the young United States.

Besides that, you will also encounter Benjamin Franklin, the renowned inventor, scientist, author and revolutionary statesman, and Charles Lee, the ruthless general who played a key role in some of the bloodiest battles in the American war of Independence.

The game is powered by the charismatic new engine, Anvil Next, which has been designed exclusively for Assassin’s Creed 3. It was reported that the team of developers spent three years building this revolutionary system from the ground up, and it now provides stunning breakthroughs in motion-capture, face-capture, voice over (a first for videogames), animation and AI technology, which deliver more realistic character animations and interactions than ever before. It also provides real weather, seasons and time which go on to affect the world around you.

Now let’s get inside the game and find out what’s new and even more happening.

Ubisoft has recently revealed information about the game that has provided hopes to ‘Assassin’s Creed’ fans all over that something big is on its way. For starters, the game will feature real Mohawk villages of that time as the game happens over a 30-year period, that is, 1753-1783 at the frontier, which is 1.5 times the size of Rome in Assassin’s Creed 2.

It is important here to note that the game has double the production capacity of the Ezio Trilogy, and Connor joins the Brotherhood in 1770 that suggests pre-Assassin gameplay. Apart from that, the rope dart weapon is confirmed to allow some very brutal tree-based kills. AC3 will also provide greater NPC (Non-player Character) interaction and a modified crowd AI. Reportedly, NPCs will come much closer to Connor than before. Waller T. Patton, Confederate Lieutenant Colonel, will be available as NPC.

Remember Leap of Faith? Now you will be able to perform moving Leaps of Faith with combat becoming more brutal than before. There will be greater Animus integration (Animus 3.0) and will be fully 3D within the game. When playing in the wilderness, the snow will feature footprints and blood trails of enemies, which is said to be the core part of the gameplay. The new climbing system is actually based on real-life rock climbing and everything in the Frontier is traversable.

You can also hunt animals for resources, and how you take them down affects your reward. A one hit kill on a bear gets you a much more valuable pelt than stabbing it eight times. As mentioned earlier, the world changes as time passes, so a field where a battle happened in one year may just be a series of empty encampments a few months later. In the winter, soldiers will move slowly and stumble about in the snow, and lakes and rivers will freeze over allowing you new terrain to work with. This gives Connor an extra advantage since he can still use the trees and wilderness pretty effectively during this time of year.

It is being said that this game has the longest development cycle since AC1, and has twice the production capacity (in terms of work hours) and budget of AC: Revelations. Now you can also leap over wagons or slide under obstacles, including navigating over and around moving objects. The free running ability also has you jumping through windows to trees and then on top of church roofs. Basically, expect the free running abitlity, but its more fluid and presumably generally closer to the ground as compared to its predecessors.

There's no more target locking, it just automatically detects your target. Counter and defense are performed by the same button to prevent any confusion. Although aligned groups are gone, the developers are replacing them in regards to factions, but there's no further information on that issue.

Assassin’s Creed 3 is set to arrive on Oct. 30, 2012.

(Information from Ubisoft and neogaf.com)