Assassin’s Creed III release date and more in first trailer

Slowly but surely the first details have leaked out about Assassin's Creed III. We know the Revolutionary War setting, the Native American star, the weather effects. But without seeing it in motion it’s hard to visualize. Fortunately that’s all fixed today, as Ubisoft just released the first trailer for the game. Watch and enjoy:

So much promise in that trailer, from jumping around in the wild woods at the birth of America to large scale battles. Here's what Ubi had to say about the story:

"Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Assassin’s Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratohnhaké:ton, of Native American and English heritage. Adopting the name Connor, he becomes the new voice for justice in the ancient war between the Assassins and Templars. Players become an Assassin in the war for liberty against ruthless tyranny in the most stylized and fluid combat experiences in the franchise to date. Assassin’s Creed III spans the Revolutionary War, taking gamers from the vibrant, untamed frontier to bustling colonial towns and the intense, chaotic battlefields where George Washington’s Continental Army clashed with the imposing British Army."

Perhaps the greatest promise of all was the release date: October 30. That includes a special edition with art by comic book legend Alex Ross, and we interviewed the artist about his work on ACIII. Ubisoft also confirmed that the game is in development for the Wii U. We’ll have more details soon, but for now, how about we're happy to just watch this trailer again... and again... and again...


  • Shinard - March 6, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    Yeah, that looks awesome. Should be nice to have a proper natural open world, like the place between cities in AC1, and I'm looking forward to engaging in proper wars with the Assassins. I hope theres some sort of hunting element (Assassin vs. bear? Cmon, I can't be the only person who wants to see that!) and that they don't demonise the English too much, but otherwise it looks great! (Oh, and I immediately thought of John Marston vs. Ezio when I saw the trailer. I kknow the timeperiod would be wrong, but I still dream...)
  • robotdickens - March 5, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    What's the steel book? Anyone want to answer that?
  • DLH570 - March 5, 2012 8:16 p.m.

    Steelbook is a type of case. The game literally comes in a metal case (same size and shape as a regular game case, so it'll still fit on your shelf) and it usually features exclusive artwork different from the normal case. Steelbook cases are usually included with limited edition copies of games.
  • firelegendmush - March 5, 2012 5:47 p.m.

    Looks really good. Not much new info in this trailer, but it looks good.
  • BladedFalcon - March 5, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    Hm... I had stopped following the franchise after ACII since I didn't really feel like AC:B or AC:R added much more new. This new approach definitely feels interesting, and if nothing else, climbing and shifting trough forests should be far more fun than to just jump trough rooftops.
  • winner2 - March 5, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    Looks nice
  • Markoose16 - March 5, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    "war for liberty against ruthless tyranny" Yes who could forget the ruthless tyranny of taxation without representation and the Boston 'massacre' of 5 people. Not really ruthless tyranny is it Ubi? Bad, of course but not exactly Pol Pot or Hitler. As long as they don't stretch things too far in making us British look bad I suppose I could put up with it. I am still interested to see how this assassin fits into this story, which is already quite confusing, and isn't this supposed to be the last game with Desmond? I'm not sure how it's going to work with all the open space it appears they're putting in as the outskirts of Rome in Brotherhood were boring to be honest. I do like the sound of taking part in "intense, chaotic battlefields" though.
  • DLH570 - March 5, 2012 8:31 p.m.

    It's all about marketing, my friend. You've got to admit that a "war for liberty against ruthless tyranny" builds more hype than "beginning a series of rebellious military engagements against a ruler who is being rather unfair." However, I think you'll appreciate this excerpt from an article on another site that seems to have gotten some early details from Game Informer. "Not all the Colonists will be cast as good people, and not all the British will be cast as evil oppressors. They're trying to focus on how both the Assassins and Templars viewpoints exist in a gray morality as the Templars really believe they're saving the world." Here's the full article, if you're interested.
  • Rainbow-Carnage - March 5, 2012 11:21 a.m.

    1:01 tower defense mini game?
  • AlbVega - March 5, 2012 10:35 a.m.

    Game of the year.
  • MeabhieD - March 5, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    This is better than my birthday cake. And my cake was amazing. :me gusta:
  • BishopofHippo93 - March 5, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    HOLY TITS. This looks awesome. SO awesome.
  • colz10 - March 5, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    now i know what i'll be doing this Halloween
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - March 5, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    Fuck yeah. Really psyched for this. More so than I thought possible after the Brotherhood and Revelations made my feelings toward this series a little tepid.
  • comaqi - March 5, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    I'm stoked. What more an I say?

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