Assassin's Creed III to 'bring finality' to Desmond's story

Assassin's Creed III may be the last game in the series to follow the exploits of perennial captive Desmond Miles and his ancestors. ACIII lead designer Steve Masters spoke with OXM UK about putting a bow on Desmond's plight, which will serve as the series' main narrative vehicle for the fifth time when the game releases on October 30.

"What we're trying to do is bring some finality to Desmond's story," Masters said. "To actually wrap up what you've opened and experienced with him. So we're trying to make it a little bit more direct with the storyline, but at the same time there are still going to be plenty of little mysterious bits for you to dig into, especially in the side stuff."

Masters said Ubisoft recognizes there was some fan frustration in Brotherhood and Revelations, as Desmond's tale was drawn out with some false starts and detours. Masters said that shouldn't be a concern for the next game, which will pack in a lot of new narrative meat right off the bat.

"We wanted there to be a big leap forward in the story," Masters said. "We wanted to make sure there was going to be more substance to get your teeth into."

Of course, this doesn't mean Desmond is gone for good. We wouldn't be surprised to see a game focus solely on him in the modern era, now that he's become a bit of a badass from all that Animus bleeding effect. A crazy badass, but still a badass.


  • elizaa-jacobs - June 17, 2013 4:19 a.m.

    Never had I seen such a gaming costume before this game! From head to toes, everything is uniquely eclectic. During the gameplay, When Connor Kenway wearing the Assassins Creed 3 Jacket does the acrobatic moves, flies in the air and gets involved in brutal sword fighting, jaws can't help going down! Whoever came in an ingenious idea of this jacket must have been a real creative thinker! Hat off for him / her!
  • CrashmanX - October 23, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    Aw. I actually liked the Desmond bits. I really wanted to see them build up on Desmond in ACI, ACII and then finally in ACIII but we got Brotherhood and Revelations which really felt like it drew it out too much. Oh well. Here's hoping.
  • nintendo365 - October 23, 2012 6:30 a.m.

    I Just want to shank people in New York already. And not that colonial bull, I wanna shank people in the 21st century.
  • PBC13 - October 22, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    If I have been following the Assassin's Creed story correctly Desmond's use is largely predicated on finding a temple that will prevent the world from ending in 2012. So after 2012 he is in't likely to be much use. I reckon Assassin's Creed 4, or whatever the next instalment may may be called, will be based around a brand new ancestor doing things for a brand new reason.
  • Redeater - October 22, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    Will this "finality" take place in a church at the end without actually explaining anything?
  • BladedFalcon - October 22, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    I'm thinking that joke is starting to wear out it's welcome... It was still fun when the joker did it in Arkham City... But well, he's the joker :P
  • Redeater - October 22, 2012 1:08 p.m.

    Gangnam Style was overdone a long time ago for anyone with an internet connection..... yet I'm seeing all these articles for members of my government and even Peter Mansbridge discovering it and doing it. So......suck it up? :)
  • BladedFalcon - October 22, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    Seeing how Gangnam style doesn't really have anything to do with this, and doesn't make the joke any funnier... No, I don't think I have to :D
  • Redeater - October 22, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    ....because they are both completely over used pop culture references. I'm saying if you are going to complain about every over used pop culture reference on the internet then you have a long journey ahead of you my friend. ;)
  • Z-man427 - October 22, 2012 10:55 a.m.

    Spoiler alert: Desmond dies at the end of ACIII. That's the most likely thing they're building to. If the leaked achievement list is to be believed (which it is) you return to the temple some time in the future as someone else to learn what really happened to Desmond. That sounds kind of ominous, doesn't it?
  • anthony-vincent-piraino - October 22, 2012 9:06 p.m.

    Sounds like they will have another decent game, but will probably again take it to far.

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