For those Assassin’s Creed fans who are brushing up on the extended Assassin/Templar fiction – or completing Revelations to make sure you’re up to date – Ubisoft has given a reminder of just how much Assassin’s Creed 3‘s leading man, Connor Kenway looks to outdo his predecessors.
We know he’ll be stronger than Ezio or AltaÃ¯r, but as much as the developers may be downplaying the American ‘Patriot’ angle in favor of a more universal story, the newest Assassin’s Creed 3 cinematic trailer doesn’t mince words. Connor seems to believe every word of America’s Declaration of Independence, and will be fighting alongside some of the Revolution’s most famous figures to take freedom. By force, if necessary (it’s necessary).
Picking up where the E3 2012 cinematic trailer left off, this CG look at Connor doing what he does best reiterates the point: Connor is deadly. It still may not knock the Revelations musical trailer from the top of our list, but the added patriotism is hard to beat. The equating of Connor’s blades and arrows with the pen in forming a nation and demanding freedom is an inspired choice even if players are far more likely to draw blood than ink.
Of course, with every trailer and new screenshot it’s becoming clearer that Ubisoft’s promise of having Connor take out opponents on both sides of the war may not be…entirely accurate. The writers deny that Connor’s battle will be defined as “loyalists vs. patriots,” but who are we kidding. Sure, all involved in the war are still technically Brits, but we have to think the people of Great Britain won’t panic over being cast as a video game’s villains.
After all, it’s the birth of America, and Connor’s role in making it a reality that will take center stage. Have a look at the hero Connor may grow to become. And more importantly, the heroes he will inspire:
In all honesty, an American patriot is a video game hero that would have little company among modern games, especially with the amount of historical accuracy Ubisoft is committed to bringing. Red Dead Redemption had a romantic view of America’s frontier, but that didn’t stop it from teaching players what life was actually like in its time period. There’s no need to think that some patriotism, or American ideas of liberty and freedom can’t do the same.
More than anything, these trailers will get players even more excited to unleash Connor’s anger on his enemies. Where Ezio’s story was a very personal one, of vengeance and anger, Connor’s is at once more personal, and less. He undergoes a fair bit of trauma in his youth as well, but as a half-Mohawk, half-British colonist, his sense of social justice extends far beyond his immediate family. Perhaps that’s what makes his journey fit so well with the ‘give me liberty, or give me death’ theme that will color AC3‘s portrayals of heroes like George Washington.
The two men may have different motives in their fight against the English crown, but Connor’s handwritten note shows they hold the same truths to be self-evident. That bond is what thrusts them together, and as the trailer shows, they thought it best not to mess with destiny.
Are you excited to see the Revolutionary tale Ubisoft’s writers have constructed, or just to get into the action yourselves?
Assassin’s Creed 3 is released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 30, 2012. A PC release is scheduled for November 20, with a Wii U version on November 18.
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