Assassin's Creed III will be Desmond's biggest role

Connor may be the face of Assassin's Creed III, but it could be series regular Desmond that winds up stealing the show. Speaking to the rookie assassin's role in Ubisoft's upcoming sequel, writer Matt Turner told CVG that fans will spend more time outside of the Animus than usual, hinting, "All I can say about Desmond's story is you're going to experience more Desmond than you've ever had before. We're spending more time on the present than we have in past games.”

Turner was careful not to spoil any details regarding Desmond's arc, but added the character will be crucial the game's plot, adding, "It's a big part of our story and I don't really want to give too many details away because I want people to experience what that is. But rest assured, you're going to see a lot of Desmond. More so than in any past game."

Considering the entire Assassin's Creed series has been building up to a major in-game event scheduled for 2012, it make sense that the assassin living in that era would receive major screen time. The big question is where Ubisoft will take the series beyond “the big event”, and if Desmond will live to see another sequel. Our prediction (based on absolutely nothing) is that the ending of Assassin's Creed III will see players awakening from a future Animus after reliving Desmond's final moments. Apologies if we just blew your mind.

Assassin's Creed III arrives for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 30 in North America, and October 31 in the UK. Get a jump on your targets with our preview, Assassin’s Creed III – First look at the Revolution through Connor’s eyes.


  • Dadyo238 - June 19, 2012 8:51 p.m.

    As long as the game has lots of quality character development for desmond, and NO more first person platform-placing flashbacks, I'll be fine with this.
  • BOOOM headshot - April 5, 2012 8:38 p.m.

    I think the series will end with you playing just as desmond to stop the big even. No animus or ansestors just Desmond doing what he was born to do.
  • forestfire55 - April 4, 2012 7:56 p.m.

    Hopefully they finaly decided how they want him to look...
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - April 4, 2012 4:56 p.m.

    How is this news? Of course Desmond will play a bigger role in this game, wasn't that obvious?
  • oryanbelt - April 4, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    not hard to top the other games Desmond time when all he has for a resume is 1 fight and like 4 platforming/sneaking sessions. Oh and he killed his love interest :P
  • winner2 - April 4, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    He can have as much screen time as he wants, as long as it's proportionally the same to Connor's screen time as it was to Ezio's in II, or something along those lines. Desmond is just not that interesting IMO, just how it is.
  • Redeater - April 4, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    This may be just me but wasn't this the same bullshit that we were told for the last 2 games?
  • Evanesco - April 4, 2012 1:36 p.m.

    You did just blow my mind. That is some Inception s*** right there.
  • Slayer11496 - April 4, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    wow, didn't expect all the desmond hate down here! The only reason you guys dislike him is because he's been snubbed from eventful screentime.
  • samsneeze - April 4, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    People dislike him because he lacks personality and I think that is a pretty legitimate complaint. There isn't any "hate" (I don't even think people know what that word means slang or otherwise.) here.
  • mbavalo - April 4, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    I bet the ending on AC 3 will leave us on another massive cliff hanger situation where you will probably be like "WTF just happened? I am so confused!" AC1, 2 and brotherhood all did this to me and how the sequel of each of these addressed what happened was in a way lower than what i expected (yeah, i know, my expectations are usually too high) maybe thats a reason why i never bothered playing revelations. Anywho, i still like jumping off high places to end peoples lives so I have nothing against Desmond having a bigger role... i just hope they give him hidden blade lightsabers.. that would be cool!
  • FOZ - April 4, 2012 10:14 a.m.

    An animus within an animus. I don't care for the present setting. Rebecca is obnoxious, Shawn is just sort of the British guy, Desmond is uh... Desmond. His section at the end of Brotherhood was pretty good though. Unless we see some good platforming in the present world, not sure why this matters.
  • SanFran51 - April 4, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    Let's face it Desmond has all the personality of a bucket of soapy water and the depth of cardboard I mean why is he here exactly you can easily kill him off and people probably won't know the difference.
  • bilstar - April 4, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    Heh. I'll bet the writers for Assassins Creed have no idea how the hell they are going to write themselves out of the tangled plot they've created. If you thought the ME3 ending was a shambles (I liked it, don't change it) wait til you see what they're gonna do with AC Desmond will probably wake up and it'll all have been a dream!
  • Canvas_Of_Flesh - April 4, 2012 12:50 p.m.

    I was just thinking that. People are off their rockers if they thing Ubisoft is going to finish the story with this game. Especially when the series was only supposed to be a trilogy. Brotherhood and Revelations are deemed "off-shoots" but they can't be when they contain half the bloody storyline.
  • ParagonT - April 4, 2012 1:17 p.m.

    What made them think that people wants more Desmond? Personally, he's pretty lacking in his personality. It's like adding water in some dishes, it's just filler to me.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - April 4, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    Bleh. The only time I ever enjoyed the Desmond sections was in the first game, mostly because there was a lot of mystery to them. Everything since, has mostly just been a boring interstitial preventing me from getting back to the more interesting setting. Also, the secondary characters in the future setting irritate the shit out of me. They try so hard to make them likable and quippy that it has the opposite effect, leaving us with some of the most intolerable creations I've seen in a game.
  • comaqi - April 4, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    My excitement just dropped massively.
  • BladedFalcon - April 4, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    Um... yay?

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