Today we revealed five leaked screenshots for Assassin's Creed III, the next installment in the Ubisoft series that takes the fight against the Templars to new territory. We also marked a mysterious countdown that has appeared on the game's website, now ticking down from two days and sixteen hours.
Now a whole host of details have been leaked about the upcoming game, set for October 30 of this year. Please note that these details are unofficial, but if true, provide a considerable level of insight into the new protagonist and his role in the American Revolution.
This information was taken from the digital version of Game Informer magazine and posted on NEOGaf and PS3Trophies.com. Here's what we know based on this development, in a nutshell. Stop now if you want to avoid spoilers because this post is laden with them.
The new hero of the story is Connor, a half English and half Mohawk Indian young man who dedicates himself to eradicating tyranny and injustice after white colonists set fire to his home village. Some of the game's experience follows Connor as his lives out his childhood on the Frontier, which is 1.5 times more expansive than the whole of Assasin's Creed: Brotherhood. Connor will interact largely with the wilderness itself, scaling cliffs and climbing trees.
Events take place from 1753–1783, around Boston and New York. Players will meet George Washington, who assumes a major role in the game, along with Ben Franklin and another character named Charles Lee, who historically was a talented American military leader in the War for Independence.
According to the source, players "will see the great fire of New York. You will visit Valley Forge as a location that is currently occupied by Washington's forces. You will visit these places in the moment that they were important."
The overall story will continue to center on the tensions between the Assassins and the Templars.
Other features will be introduced, such as a leveling system similar to that of an RPG (only with a finite amount to obtain), a replacement for aligned factions, a different notoriety system, and more generous fast travel. Connor will use weapons more suitable to the time period, such as a tomahawk, knife, and a one-shot pistol as a secondary maneuver. He can also defend himself with human shields and kill while sprinting, an ability that has been tweaked for the game.
If you're up for some reading, you can mine more information from the links we've provided.