Friday, 18 May 2012

Assassin's Creed 3 Gameplay Trailer

Ubisoft have released a gameplay trailer for their latest instalment of the Assassin's Creed game series. For three games now the story has followed Ezio, the Italian protagonist living in the renaissance period. Assassin's Creed 3 will be taking an exciting leap to the period of the American Revolution. The new protagonist is named Conner Kenway, an English/Mohawk assassin.The trailer offers some exciting insight in to what can be expected from the game, which is set to be released October this year.

One of the significant gameplay features I'm looking forward to, is navigating the harsh wilderness. We see Conner moving through the trees to stalk his targets. On top of this, we seen a confrontation with a bear. Hopefully, we can expect interesting new non human enemies with the introduction of the wilderness. I have also read that the new game will feature a dynamic weather system, where snow can fall thick on the ground making it difficult to travel on the ground. This will likely enhance this rural theme.

There are also a number of interesting new weapons. We see Conner using a bow and arrow, a tomahawk and an interesting new method of hanging a body from a tree whilst descending to the ground. These stylish assassinations always make for fun gameplay elements.

Another theme which runs through the series, is politics and history. We often learn that the Creed have  had a role in shaping history. The protagonist will usually befriend an important historical figure and advise and manipulate their decisions for the benefit of the assassins. We can see Conner talking to important looking army generals, which I'm sure will generate some exciting missions and narrative. Even the whole theme of war and revolution is in keeping with the political theme of the previous games.

No doubt I will be purchasing this new instalment which by the looks of things is going to make a significant move forward from the previous games. I thoroughly enjoyed following Ezio's story, but after spanning three games, I am excited for a change of historical setting. The Assassin's Creed series always has a lot to offer from a narrative perspective, and I'm sure that Conner's story will continue to keep us all enticed.

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