It’s safe to say that as Ubisoft takes their hugely popular franchise into the American Revolution with Assassin’s Creed 3 that they have their work cut out for them. While the previous four games have explored time periods that some were familiar with, the intricate details weren’t as thoroughly well known as the American Revolution.
That element, holding true to the history, is plays a significant part in the development process for Ubisoft who, for those that don’t know, like to keep their deaths as historically accurate as possible. Typically the cause of death wouldn’t necessarily align with history, but the place and time were as accurate as possible.
As you can see, that poses a huge issue for Ubisoft, who says that not many famous faces died during the period in which they have set Assassin’s Creed 3. Instead Ubisoft tried to find some less than honorable individuals and paint them as the targets for new protagonist Connor.
There were still a few hurdles to get over – naming what could be gamers’ ancestors as Templars was a tight wire act – but the developers on the AC games tend to put picking out the assassination targets first on their list of priorities.
Of course it isn’t just the assassination targets that will be historical figures, but also some of the secondary characters that players will encounter, like Benjamin Franklin. When it was first announced that key historical figures from the American Revolution would be popping up in the game most pointed to Benjamin Franklin as a perfect choice to fill the Leonardo Da Vinci inventor role.
In Assassin’s Creeds 2 through Revelations, Da Vinci provided Ezio with a healthy dose of unique gadgets and gizmos with which to cart around Italy and to dispatch his foes. Unfortunately, Benjamin Franklin just wasn’t that type of inventor.
As Ubisoft explained to Penny Arcade, Franklin will be appearing in the game, but his role will almost be as short lived comic relief. During the American Revolution Franklin spent a good bit of time in France, but he’ll appear in the game in some part. And, to spice things up a little more, he’ll share his love for older women with the player.
“So we got him in a little bit, we went with the more unusual sides of him. Like his love of women.”
So, while Assassin’s Creed 3 won’t feature the Benedict Arnold assassination that some were hoping for, it will be a fairly historically accurate depiction of the American Revolution. That doesn’t mean Ubisoft isn’t having a little fun with the time period, however, they just have to tread a bit lighter as they get closer to the present.
Are you disappointed to hear that Benjamin Franklin won’t be assuming the Da Vinci role in Assassin’s Creed 3? Would you rather Ubisoft focus on exciting assassination scenarios or historically accurate deaths?
Assassin’s Creed 3 releases October 30, 2012 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Source: Penny Arcade