It's been an exciting week for fans of the Assassin's Creed series - with numerous Assassin's Creed 3 details and screenshots leaking out ahead of more official pieces of marketing.
However, while screenshots, gameplay details, and story spoilers have all slipped out from under Ubisoft's cloud of secrecy (largely due to forum-postings with scans of an upcoming Game Informer feature), the game publisher has successfully withheld one especially exciting tease - the first official Assassin's Creed 3 trailer.
Despite all of the Assassin's Creed 3 information that has leaked, aside from box art and an official release date, the trailer is only the third official AC3 reveal from Ubisoft itself. Teased only a few short days ago as a nondescript countdown, we now have our first look at Connor from Assassin's Creed 3 in motion - of course we'll still have to wait for a gameplay trailer to see how the installment's various combat updates actually work in-game.
Check out the first Assassin's Creed 3 trailer below:
Unsurprisingly, the trailer focuses heavily on the new American Revolution time period - as well as what the setting can mean for the actual gameplay experience (tree traversal, for example). Cinematic trailers may not contain actual gameplay - but, even if they are designed to rouse player interest (without giving away the actual mechanics), teasers like this one do tend to set the stage for what players can expect from the core experience. Earlier Assassin's Creed series trailers focused heavily on "blending" and stealth killing (a major focus in Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed 2), where as trailers for Brotherhood and Revelations were much more action-oriented - a tonal shift that was representative of the larger set-pieces in those respective games. Considering Assassin's Creed 3 still features a white hooded assassin, walking amongst men wearing red coats and tricorn hats, it's somewhat unclear at this point how important "blending" will be this round (when in town) - since Ezio and Altair's iconic outfits were more time-period appropriate.
That said, if there's one thing players can count on, as evidenced by the trailer, it's that Assassin's Creed 3 will deliver some pretty epic battle sequences - set in historical events that should be much more familiar for North American gamers than say the rise of Pope Alexander VI. Whether or not this familiarity will ultimately enhance, or detract, from the experience (given the fictionalization of the events) will certainly depend on how well the writing team implements protagonist Connor into American history. They've established a solid pedigree of success so far in the series - hopefully the move to the American Revolution is a step (in time and space) in the right direction.
Check out this week's Game Ranter Banter for a point-counter-point reaction to the Assassin's Creed 3 reveal.
Assassin’s Creed 3 will be released on October 30, 2012 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
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