[Update: Potential (and revealing) Assassin's Creed 3 art may have leaked early!]
It's been nearly two weeks since we first heard official confirmation that the next battle between the Assassins and Templars, Assassin's Creed 3 would be released on October 30, 2012. Considering the game was only announced (officially) in February, it's hard to imagine that the title is only eight months away from release; however, as a result, expect news on the next animus adventure with Desmond Miles to come fast and furious throughout the year - starting as soon as tomorrow, March 1st.
While Ubisoft is teasing a "major" Assassin's Creed announcement for tomorrow, it's unclear whether or not the reveal will actually be Assassin's Creed 3-related. That said, with no other confirmed projects in development, and a fast approaching release date for the next installment, it's hard to imagine what else the publisher could announce. Especially given the apparent reveal of a Native American assassin.
The "teaser" news was posted earlier today in a simple update to the official Assassin's Creed Facebook page - and has already gathered over 1,300 "Likes" as well as 200 comments.
Here's the official posting:
A major announcement from Assassin’s Creed is only days away. Tune in to http://www.assassinscreed.com/ tomorrow for more details.
Visiting the link at this time takes players to a video of the recently unveiled Assassin's Creed: Revelations DLC "The Lost Archive." "The Lost Archive," snuck onto digital stores yesterday without much fanfare - hopefully the March 1st announcement is a little more intriguing.
In case you're a little behind on Assassin's Creed news, it's worth mentioned that "Lost Archive" pack costs $9.99 (800 MSP) and allows players to "Explore the mysterious pasts of Subject 16 and Lucy Stillman in 2 hours of all-new singleplayer content using the innovative narration style and puzzle-platforming gameplay pioneered in Assassin’s Creed Revelations’ present-day Desmond sequences. Also included in this pack are a bonus singleplayer mission which unlocks the terrifying Vlad the Impaler Sword, a variety of armors and weapons for Ezio and three new multiplayer characters." We thoroughly enjoyed those puzzle-platforming sections of the game as detailed in our Assassin's Creed: Revelations review - so "The Lost Archive" pack might be a good way to waste time ahead of tomorrow's news.
However, as for that "major" announcement, it's hard to know exactly what to expect - though our money is on a reveal of the new Assassin character (since Revelations marked the last Ezio and AltaÃ¯r chapters) as well as where and when the next installment will take place. Will players head to China (as indicated by the Assassin's Creed Embers animated film), Japan (teased in an Ubisoft R&D survey), or the American Revolution (as was asserted by recent internal sources)? Of course, it's certainly possible that Ubisoft has selected an entirely different locale to feature.
The posting doesn't offer a specific time for the announcement but news like this does tend to break early in the day - so that publishers can get the most bang for their marketing buck.
As a result, check back here at Game Rant tomorrow morning for coverage of the "major" announcement. In the mean time, have a look at our Assassin's Creed 3 wish list - detailing some of the features we'd like to see.
Assassin’s Creed 3 will release October 30th 2012 for PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and (possibly) Wii U.
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