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Do you recall last night's "rumor" about the next Assassin's Creed game? Apparently a Best Buy employee leaked the first image of the next Assassin's Creed. Now Ubisoft has come out and confirmed that the art we saw was the real deal, by releasing the first set of box art featuring Assassin's Creed III and its protagonist. Ubisoft had no other comment than that, but that image and the one from yesterday have more than enough information.

Here's our unnamed lead placed right in the middle of a battle from the Revolutionary War. His weapon is raised high, ready to kill a Red Coat. Based on that and the flag in the background, it sure looks like the game takes place at the birth of the United States. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. We're betting we'll know a lot more very soon, but until then just keep looking at these images and DREAM.

UPDATE: Our colleagues at Game Informer just released their next cover, showing Assassin's Creed III in all its glory. Along with the fancy cover image, GI confirmed the game is "Set in the latter half of the 18th century, we'll see the war between the Templars and the Assassins escalate as it crosses over to the New World of America, and witness firsthand the events of the American Revolution. Caught in the conflict is a daring new hero in the Assassin's Creed franchise." They also reveal that the team developing ACIII has been hard at work on it since completing Assassin's Creed II years ago.

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  • firelegendmush - March 2, 2012 7:24 p.m.

    Since I'm Canadian, I never studied much American history. This should be interesting for that at least, so I'm excited! I hope it's significantly changed mechanically since ACII, though, the other games were beginning to get a bit stale.
  • Dabaws1 - March 1, 2012 8:21 p.m.

    loving the new outfit... but i was hoping it would be set in the french revolution.... i really don't know how they're going to work around the setting.... also guns?! cover shooting here we come.
  • Jamahl - March 1, 2012 4:45 p.m.

    Desmond is American. Are you really so surprised to see an american ancestor? America is an important country, and the formation of it is rife for conspiracy, with Freemasons and whatnot. And don't forget that Desmond's story is going to wrap up in this one. This isn't just the ancestor's story. To the "pandering!!!" crowd, seriously, chill. The revolutionary war is an incredibly interesting event in history, and one of the most important in that last 200 years. We've had a game in Europe, a game in Asia, and now a game in North America. Gothic architecture can get a little tired after a while. Time for something different. And honestly, I don't think it's going to be like any other game set in America. Judging by the arguably neutral way that Ubisoft has presented both sides of conflicts in previous games, I highly doubt it's going to be a case of "America, FUCK YEAH!". The world of Assassin's Creed is one of grays. Neither the Assassins or Templars are evil or good. They both desire peace. They aid whatever regimes serve their purposes, and will turn on them in an instant if they cease to do so. If it turns out the Assassins played a role in America's victory, it will be because doing so thwarted Templar interests, or furthered their own.
  • john-charleson - March 1, 2012 3:54 p.m.

    See, although there might not be as many things to climb around on what I'm really excited for are the main battles in the American Revolution. It would definitely be fun playing as an assassin desperately trying to defend bunker hill.
  • samsneeze - March 1, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    *Breed's Hill
  • Predinator2 - March 1, 2012 7:44 p.m.

    no... its bunker hill.
  • samsneeze - March 1, 2012 8:47 p.m.

    Actually no. They call it that, but that's not the name of the hill where the more important fighting took place. Hell most of the fighting didn't even take place there. The battle was fought on Breed's Hill. So the end of the comment should say "It would definitely be fun playing as an assassin desperately trying to defend Breed's Hill." What do they teach you kids these days?
  • Craza - March 1, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    I haven't even got to play Brotherhood or Revelations yet, and I'm already excited as fuck for this game! Assassin's Creed is definitely one of the very few franchises I'm always looking forward to seeing show up with new games. Lord knows it's been many a year since CoD did the same.
  • LEGOMatrix - March 1, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    Forget cities and buildings, you can clamber over rocks and canyons! And plenty of tree-climbing!
  • winner2 - March 1, 2012 2:12 p.m.

    What kind of cities/towns are they gonna be able to use to make the same kind of acrobat friendly climate as the other games?
  • Predinator2 - March 1, 2012 7:45 p.m.

    yeah the colonial towns were really flat and boring
  • CitizenWolfie - March 1, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    It definitely makes sense, after all it explains how Desmond's lineage ends up in America. And IF the new character is Native American (or is descended from) then it ties in nicely with the idea of the Assassins being the underdogs constantly oppressed by the Templars. That outfit looks decidedly off though. Doesn't seem to fit the time period at all! Military-style jacket WITH a hood AND chaps? Did "Bruno" design it or something? I'm guessing whoever you're playing as though it will not end well for them since the Templars are firmly in control at the start of the 2012 story. But I'm still disappointed. I love how the series is so steeped in history and uses real places to base its ancient secrets in. Considering this time era is basically the birth of a new country I can't see how that's going to work this time round. And similarly, I worry the setting wont be very interesting to navigate in terms of high towers, bustling streets and unique architecture. Not like say, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Athens or Moscow. And I also hope it isn't too "AMERICUH, FUCK YEAH!" since I'm one of those silly British types.
  • Tronto13 - March 1, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    Seeing as he's attacking a redcoat on the box art it looks as though he is fighting against them therefore on the winning side. All of the stone mason/templar rumours/conspiracy theories within and around the US government and the fact they are in power in the 2012 storyline of the game i'd guess its going down the chooses one side then gets betrayed storyline.
  • samsneeze - March 2, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    It's most likely going to be reflective of the first game where you get the apple but are ultimately betrayed by the people you helped. Speaking of betrayal, I wonder how Benedict Arnold is going to fit into all of this.
  • blanblan - March 1, 2012 1:13 p.m.

    Pff, you guys are a bunch of party poopers. This Assassin's Creed is not made by the ones who gave you the annual releases of Brotherhood and Revelations. Also, AmerICAN REVOLUTIONYEEEEAAAAHHH but maybe I'm biased because I played John Adams in a play before. And last I checked there weren't many games based on the American Revolution... this is brand spanking new and fresh for me and I sure am excited.
  • blanblan - March 1, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    Also he's about to cleave a redcoat's face in half with a tomahawk.
  • richardr - March 1, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    I'm a big fan of the Ass Creed games, and a big part of that has been the setting, the story and cleverness of it all. Frankly, putting the next game in the American Revolution just feels like pandering to the biggest market and a very dull choice. This is very disappointing news for me.
  • CaptCOMMANDO - March 1, 2012 1:11 p.m.

    WE'RE GUNNA GET DEM BRITS!!
  • ultimatepunchrod - March 1, 2012 1:18 p.m.

    I was thinking about it as more of a scale issue. American Revolution America is really not as interesting as Renaissance Italy (I know they've been in Italy in the last 3 games, but Crusades Middle East was pretty impressive as well), but maybe it'll be great. I think they've put out a lot of AC games in the last 3 years, so maybe they feel like they need to differentiate the finale from the rest. We'll just have to wait and see.
  • brickman409 - March 1, 2012 3:20 p.m.

    "just feels like pandering to the biggest market and a very dull choice" what are you talking about? what other game have you played that take place during the american revolution? it seems very unique and original to me.

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