Assassin’s Creed III will be big. There’s no doubt about it. Looking at all the previews and details shared by the developers, it feels like the franchise is braving new, uncharted territories but aside from the new main character and setting, what else is there that will distinguish Assassin’s Creed III from its predecessors?
Our friends at Digital Trends were fortunate enough to speak with Ubisoft and obtain some really interesting details that will make you want to play Assassin’s Creed III even more now. We already know that the new character will be a half Native American named Connor and that his adventures will be set during the American Revolution but did you know that the third chapter in the Assassin’s Creed series will be the first to feature naval warfare?
The section previewed was set in the Caribbean and saw Connor leading a small crew against the British navy. The controls shift from the traditional third person view to that of an 18th century ship and will pit players against not only their British enemies but elements of nature that are keeping you from your goal of liberating America.
While in charge of the ship, the player will have several options in regard to the type of ammo that they want to use. Each has its own pros and cons, but regardless of which you use, you will need to make the shot count as the reload time can prove the difference between victory and swimming home.
The player will have control of the ship while at sea, and need to learn the patterns of the waves. In the short demo, a storm suddenly came up, causing significant swells, preventing an easy course or a clean shot from distance. There is also another mechanic that was only hinted at, and that is boarding enemy ships. Once a ship is immobilized, you can make your way next to it and lead your crew into close quarter battles. The demo hinted at this through a cut scene designed for the show, but it will be a full feature in the game.
I don’t know about you but this game definitely sounds awesome already! I know how words may not sometimes get the message across so be sure to check out the video below for a more visceral taste of Assassin Creed III’s naval warfare.
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Revelations were great additions to the series but I personally think that they didn’t offer that much to advance the story or offer new features that would keep the series fresh. Assassin’s Creed III just might do that from the looks of things.
Stay tuned for more updates on the next chapter of Assassin’s Creed! Be sure to share your first impressions of the games in the comments below! Are you just as psyched as us?
Reload time can prove the difference between victory and swimming home.