After the rumors of Assassin’s Creed IIIÂ taking place during the American Revolution became a reality and Ubisoft started releasing artwork and screenshots for the game whichÂ emphasizedÂ its wild, outdoor environments, the immediate reaction among the Game Rant staff was that Ubisoft was embracing the Red Dead RedemptionÂ style for the next Assassin’s Creed.
As it turns out, Rockstar Games’ award-winning game based in the Old West was, in fact, a source of inspiration for Assassin’s Creed III.
In speaking with CVGÂ at Ubisoft’s first Assassin’s Creed IIIÂ media event in Europe, lead writer Matt Turner recalled the release of Red Dead Redemption, a game that came out as Ubisoft has already begun development for AC3.
“We’d been working on the animal and the frontier stuff and then [Red Dead Redemtpion] came out. We saw it, played it cover to cover, and it was less of an ‘oh shit’ and more of a ‘aha! How can we do better than that?…Â Because that’s something that Rockstar does – it always strives to be the best. They always try to push things in new directions and I think we need to do the same thing.”
“As a team we saw how good [Red Dead] was and how they had tonnes of success and we were like, ‘OK, let’s look at their success and see how we can take it in new directions.’ That’s what I think we’ve tried to do.”
Wild, dangerous animals, tree traversal andÂ nature are all new focuses for this year’s Assassin’s CreedÂ installment and represent just a few of the new features that will help differentiate Connor’s (new protagonist) adventure from the four previous installments.
Some of the new features that didn’t make the cut however, include scalping British soldiers (deemed too violent), a harpoon weapon reminiscent of Mortal Kombat’sÂ Scorpion attacks (deemed too fantasy), and lastly, the city ofÂ Philadelphia (deemed too open for gameplay).
To see some of the weapons and attacks that doÂ remain in the game, check out the latest Assassin’s Creed 3Â weapons trailer. If you’re excited for the game and its new story, also be sure to read our Templar-Freemason theory feature.
Assassinâ€™s Creed IIIÂ releases on October 30, 2012 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, and later on the Wii U.
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