on October 30, 2012
But What Does It Mean?
UPDATE – Assassin’s Creed 3 CONFIRMED FOR AMERICAN REVOLUTION – here
UPDATE 2 – Leaked screenshots and scans analyzed + game info – here
Assassin’s Creed III Limited Editions Detailed and Priced HERE
©2012 Nicholas Laborde
Disappointingly, that’s the only tidbit that we discovered, apart from the fact that it’s been in development for three years.
What exactly does it mean, though? What about the new character(s) and location?
OXCGN was the first outlet to propose based upon legitimate grounds that the American Revolution is a possible scenario for the official third title in the series, and we have reason to believe that we were completely dead-on in this assertion.
Slowly but surely, our assertion spread around like wildfire and is still one of our most viewed articles on a daily basis. Be sure to check out our multitude of other quality AC articles, listed at the very end.
Everyone has their own theory, and nothing is true until Ubisoft reveals more information, but we have solid grounds to believe that Assassin’s Creed III WILL take place during the American Revolution.
Several months ago, a source (choosing to remain anonymous for obvious reasons) close to the project said that we “got it right” in regards to the setting of the ‘real’ third title.
The catch? Our 2IC, David Hilton, has done numerous speculation articles over the past couple of years as to the location. We have the answer, but even we don’t know what it is!
If you haven’t already, you should check out our primary speculation piece on the subject that started it all, but be advised: it contains spoilers from the Da Vinci Disappearance DLC.
More fuel to the fire
Don’t believe us yet? Numerous outlets have those infamous “I saw the game”, “I know someone close to the project”, yadda yadda claims. While we fit into that category, our individual piece of the puzzle can possibly be viewed as the one to complete the bigger picture.
Kotaku, along with other outlets, have not one, but multiple claims that the game is during the American Revolution, even citing a specific gameplay sequence where an Assassin tails a group of Redcoats over a frozen lake, and then reporting to George Washington.
Think about it: Assassin’s Creed, while still great after all these years, is in need of a major gameplay changer. What if, instead of putting a direct focus on traversing the environment, it goes to the roots that it had always striven for… stealth!
It’s easy to say that Assassin’s Creed wants to be an action game; Brotherhood dipped into that, with Revelations being a more clear indication of such a statement. III could take a newfound focus on stealth gameplay, and give us the authentic Assassin experience.
Just imagine: you’re creeping through a frozen forest, having to be careful of the noise you’re making. Your path must be plotted carefully, because the Redcoats may be able to follow your footsteps. The player goes on to follow the Redcoats at a distance, picking up vital information about their movements, and then reporting back to Washington with that information.
The best part about this? It’s completely credible.
It’s a story that has only more recently come to more mainstream attention thanks to Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, but there existed a spy organization of the utmost secrecy during the American Revolution. They were called the Culper Spy Ring, or just the Culper Ring.
Their primary goal was to spy on the British and report their movements, plans, et cetera to Washington, so that the Americans could have an edge.
It gets better: Washington himself didn’t even know how many members existed, and rarely knew any names. Most of the agents themselves didn’t even know about others!
It sounds like an Alamo tale, but it’s true. They were so important, they even found out that America’s infamous traitor, Benedict Arnold, was going to sell West Point to the British, allowing them to be intercepted.
The organization was so secret that there wasn’t public knowledge of its existence until the 1930s when a direct descendant passed away, and a list relating to it was found in his trunk. I don’t know about you, but over one hundred fifty years of secrecy is more than enough to impress anyone.
Think this has all of the elements an Assassin’s Creed story should have? You’ve thought wrong, because it continues to get better and has a spot screaming for AC to take over.
355 was code for ‘lady’, which is the chief topic of the debate. Women were still property-tier at this point in time, and generally weren’t involved in politics, choosing to mirror their husbands’ beliefs.
This makes it opportune for a female spy, as absolutely no one would suspect her. The theories here are extensive, from 355 being the lone member who was arrested by the British and hanged as a spy, all the way to crazy ones such as fathering the children of prominent members of the group.
The fate of 355 is unknown, and will likely remain that way. It’s absolutely perfect ground for Assassin’s Creed III to explore, and there’s no doubt that the Culper Ring will play a prominent role in the game if it does take place during the American Revolution.
What if we were to actually play as 355? Imagine the things that could be linked; keep in mind that Washington did in fact have possession of the Apple at one point.
Time will tell…
As we move closer, the American Revolution may hold Assassin secrets, and we may just get to discover them.
Is it truly a place we would like to see the story culminate in?
Or is it completely ludicrous?
Don’t forget to check out our detailed piece on the credibility of the Revolution as a setting, along with many others below!
And even more Assassin’s Creed:
- Assassin’s Creed III: Analysis of Leaked Screens and Scans – Read more
- Assassin’s Creed III Limited Editions Detailed and Priced HERE
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Review – Read more
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Update- The End of The Beginning? – Read more
- Previously On…Assassin’s Creed: story catch-up video, here
- Assassin’s Creed Revelations: Flamethrowers – Did they exist back then? Read more
- What Assassin’s Creed Could Learn from Shadow of the Colossus – Read more
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations: All the facts revealed – Read more
- Assassin’s Creed 3: Set in American Revolution? – Check here
- The Assassin’s Creed Effect: 3 Templar Games in 2011 – Read more
- Assassin’s Creed 3 – Where and When to Next Part 1. –Read more
- Assassin’s Creed 3 – Where and When to Next Part 2 –Read more
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Review (Single Player)
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Review (Multiplayer)
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood: (Almost) Modern Warfare – do you agree with new direction? Look Here.
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood novels HERE
- Assassin’s Creed Ascendance Animated Film teaser HERE
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood: Beta Kill Video and Verdict here.
©2012 Nicholas Laborde
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