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Assassin's Creed 3 gets dirty with Ben Franklin

In an interview with Penny Arcade Report, Alex Hutchinson, creative director on Assassin's Creed III discussed some of the challenges of designing the game. He began by explaining how hard it is to stay true to real people in the AC series.

He said they always try to make sure the people who are assassinated were...actually killed. He says the goal is to make sure they are real people who die in AC at the same place/time as they did in real life.

This branched off into a conversation about portraying Benjamin Franklin realistically, which is rare in most media. While he's often portrayed as an upstanding paladin of American values, he was also kind of a horn dog.

“We went with the more unusual sides of him. Like his love of women,” Hutchinson explained. “He said that women dry out, but they dry out from the top down, and therefore the bits that you need never dry out. I know we’re going to get [complaints], but this is all public record.”

Penny Arcade took the liberty of looking up Franklin's actual quote, and here it is to scar you forever: "Because in every Animal that walks upright, the Deficiency of the Fluids that fill the Muscles appears first in the highest Part: The Face first grows lank and wrinkled; then the Neck; then the Breast and Arms; the lower Parts continuing to the last as plump as ever: So that covering all above with a Basket, and regarding only what is below the Girdle, it is impossible of two Women to know an old from a young one. And as in the dark all Cats are grey, the Pleasure of corporal Enjoyment with an old Woman is at least equal, and frequently superior, every Knack being by Practice capable of Improvement.”

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10 comments

  • ethan_t - July 5, 2012 6:31 a.m.

    @Ewokstastelikechicken: You weren't taught this because it would show that at least one of america's founding fathers was an actual human, not some Lawful Anal god like the over-conservative government has tried for centuries to make them out to be. On a similar note, most people don't seem to know this, and it's probably a bit late to message Ubisoft about this, but George Washington didn't have the massive, 'strong' chin that he has in the E3 trailer. He actually had a small, feminine chin; when he was being painted, he put a sort of wooden block behind his lip to make his chin look bigger.
  • Blaastoid - May 7, 2012 5:55 a.m.

    That was a little disturbing to read from Ben. But it's nice to see them brancing off from the usual and going to the root of a persons personality. The REAL Ben Franklin.
  • CJG - May 5, 2012 7:23 p.m.

    I like where UBI is taking this.
  • Clovin64 - May 5, 2012 4:48 a.m.

    Makes me wonder if our main man Connor will be a ladies man too?
  • TheHalfanese - May 4, 2012 7:12 p.m.

    Sounds like my kind of guy.
  • MasterBhater - May 4, 2012 4:36 p.m.

    Sounds like Roman from GTA4, but with a longer vocabulary than just "T*TTIES!" and without the strange addiction to going bowling with his cousin
  • BladedFalcon - May 4, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    Oh wow XD Can't wait to see how that letter ends up popping up in the game!
  • shawksta - May 4, 2012 3:28 p.m.

    They did Da Vinci awesomely, Ben f*cking Franklin sounds like he's gonna be awesome. Cant wait to see his AC incarnation XD
  • Evanesco - May 4, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    I like this Benjamin Franklin
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - May 4, 2012 3:10 p.m.

    I don't remember being taught this in school...

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