Plenty of buzz is predictably being generated by Assassin’s Creed 3, and its potentially political commentary on the early formation of the United States. Not to be lost in the shuffle, a new extended trailer has been released for Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation, the Vita handheld set to take on controversy of a whole different type.
The first playable female Assassin, Aveline once again stars in the Liberation footage, making her way through – and over – the city of New Orleans ca. 1768.
While many had expected this past E3 to be the time for Sony to show off the impressive roster of top-tier projects coming to the PlayStation Vita, Liberation was one of the few that truly caught our eye for both implementation of touch controls and overall quality. Obviously we weren’t the only ones who felt the game’s plot, setting and new mechanics shine from the get go, as the extended trailer contains just a few of the critical nods it received even this early on. The gameplay footage shown is largely the same seem in the initial announcement trailer, but the artistic design of New Orleans and the Louisiana swamp isn’t getting any less pretty.
While AC3 and its compelling new protagonist might be guaranteed to steal much of the spotlight come October, Vita owners absolutely have a product all their own to anticipate just as much. It’s a bit early to call Liberation a ‘must-buy’ for those with the handheld – although more of those wouldn’t exactly be scoffed at – but the mere crossover between the two leads that’s been hinted at will no doubt tempt many console gamers to think twice about a Vita. Especially if it deals with as many notions of liberty and individualism as AC3‘s advertising implies.
A mixed-race Assassin being trained by a runaway slave in the New Orleans Rebellion against Spain is about the last plot a game developer hoping for mass market appeal would set their title around, so it seems that the Ubisoft name and brand are offering more than a little freedom to the studio’s storytellers.
To what extent racism and slavery will play a role in the game hasn’t been talked about – not a surprise this early on – but Aveline is almost guaranteed to carve her own place among the series’ most intriguing and influential characters. And with the film series just recently landing a producer and award-winning star, who knows what the future might hold for Aveline?
The trailer also confirms the pre-order bonuses for Liberation, namely a Ceremonial Dagger, Alligator Hunter Hat, Upgraded Poison Dart Pouch and Mackandal Bodyguard Multiplayer Skin. Some might say that not enough of the game has been shown to warrant a pre-order, but owners of the Vita might disagree.
Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation will be released on October 31, 2012 exclusively for the Vita.
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