THE BUZZ: So now we know that Assassin’s Creed III is set during the American Revolution—but here’s some additional details about the game.
EGM’s TAKE: The following details come from the latest issue of Game Informer magazine. Their article on Assassin’s Creed III has a lot of great information, but here’s a few of the most interesting tidbits they reveal.
* The main character’s name is Connor / Ratohnhake:ton (pronounced Ra-doon-ha-gay-doo). Connor is of mixed race: His father is English, and his mother Native America.
* Connor will have “thousands” of new and unique animations as a part of the game’s new combat system. No animations from previous Assassin’s Creed games will be present.
* Assassin’s Creed III will no longer feature target locking—targets will be detected automatically. Counter and defense are now the same button to “prevent turtling”.
* Control in and out of battle will be the same, and Connor will go into battle with two weapons.
* New movement aspects to the game will allow players to climb and scale trees and mountain cliffs. Traversing the wilderness will also be a big deal in the game.
* Combat has an increased focus on speed and momentum, and being on the offensive.
* Assassin’s Creed III will be running on a new version of the Anvil engine, one which allows the game to “depict thousands of troops engaged in bloody battle” even to the point of having highly detailed close-ups of faces. Says that previous games could allow only about 100 people on screen, where now they can do a couple thousand.
* There will be a level of “grey morality” in the game—the Colonists will not just be the “good guys”, and the British will not just be the “bad guys”.
* For those wondering, yes—Connor will have a hidden blade at his disposal.
* Connor’s gear and equipment can be changed and upgraded as the game goes on.
* Fighting during the winter will put enemies at a disadvantage. Soldiers will have problems travelling through snow and ice, while Connor will still be able to use his more stealth-based means of movement.
* You’ll be able to hunt animals for resources, and the more skilled you are at killing them, the better materials you’ll get off of them.
* There will be no tower defense aspects in Assassin’s Creed III.
Source: Game Informer (via NeoGAF)