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Rumor: Assassin's Creed III setting and protagonist leaked

Remember when Ubisoft hinted that it would be revealing Assassin's Creed III details "soon?" Turns out the internet isn't giving it a chance. A tipster from Best Buy sent Kotaku an image that shows off what appears to be the game's new protagonist, standing in front of a Revolutionary War-era American flag hinting that earlier reports of a late 1700s setting were, indeed, accurate.

It also looks like the report was on the nose when it comes to the protagonist. Take a look.

The character looks dressed in Native American garb, if his boots are any indication. He's carrying a tomahawk shaped like the Assassin's Creed A, which also appears on his belt. On his back there's a bow and quiver of arrows, and in his left hand is a pistol, showing that ranged weapons will likely play a bigger role in this game than they did in the past few. On his hip there is what appears to be a sword, and and it looks like he still has a hidden blade, though we can't be too sure.He might have two for all we know - it's hard to tell with all of that snow.

And hey! There's snow. This means the game will likely take place in the northern part of North America during the Revolutionary War. 

This is still a rumor, but considering how well it lines up with earlier reports we'd be shocked if it wasn't true. Hopefully we'll find out in the near future, since we can't wait to find out more information.

40 comments

  • Schucknasty - March 1, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    Although I agree that colonial-era America doesn't have the architectural interest of Renaissance Europe, it seems to me that the series probably won't be leaving Europe behind altogether. Given the political situation surrounding the Revolutionary War in England and France (who would become a United States ally and a critical factor in defeating Great Britain), and given the series' concern with political history in previous games, I'd be willing to bet we spend a fair amount of time traversing the rooftops of 18th century London and Paris, trying to influence events there, which would be pretty damn cool. I could also see some interesting possibilities with the North American wilderness areas (climbing trees or cliff sides in backwoods areas, waiting to pounce on unsuspecting British agents or Yankee turncoats).
  • patbateman17 - March 1, 2012 9:56 a.m.

    Great - we'll be able to climb all over those huge buildings during Colonial America...wait... Dumb idea. Russian Revolution - better idea.
  • Pwnz0r3d - March 2, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    You act as if pre-Communist Russia had bigger buildings. They too, were an agrarian society just barely grasping the idea of industry DURING their revolution, the game would be no less different visually. Snow, and farms. Weeee. The American Revolution is the only era that would make sense right now; The American Revolution is the single most important war during the Post-Renaissance and Pre-Industrial era. Why? Because the 13 colonies were the first colonies to achieve independence from their home country. Sure there were attempts beforehand, but that war paved the way. It changed the course of history, it made empires practically obsolete, so it makes sense to include the Assassin/Templar war in there, considering its vast influence which we still feel today. (Almost every single country in existence today was granted independence)
  • ultimatepunchrod - March 1, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    Not sure how interesting running around Revolutionary War era America would be as compared to Renaissance Italy. Maybe it could be cool, but it seems to be downgrading the scope if this is true.
  • system1988 - March 1, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    For those who bitch about the games after AC II.... DO NOT! The AC series has an incredible storyline. I personally play it for the single player. The games you may want to skip will largely cost to your complete viewing of the story. Each game is incredible storywise and is an important link to where the series is headed to. However it works if you are just someone who just likes killing people via rooftop assassinations :) Skipping a game in the series is like going from the start to the end of a very good book. You do not kip things, you violate them by ommiting their existence from your overall experience. Then you go to sites with commentary sections and bitch about the game being lame... well IT IS NOT! It is just that YOU were too cheap to buy the entire thing and call it a good 70 hrs gameplay! THE END
  • system1988 - March 1, 2012 7:38 a.m.

    not "kip"... skip! sr
  • GhostNappa2k10 - March 5, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    No offence, but I played through Revelations, and by Assassin's Creed standards, it was crap.
  • Salazans - March 1, 2012 6:50 a.m.

    Now my British Imperialist side hopes I can crush all you Patriots with my Templar character. I was hoping it would be set in Victorian London but I guess once again my hopes were dashed
  • BishopofHippo93 - March 1, 2012 6:10 a.m.

    Although, looking at it again, it looks like there might be a revolver at his hip.
  • BishopofHippo93 - March 1, 2012 6:09 a.m.

    Definitely not a revolver, and the "Native American" garb is clearly taking a back seat to that colonial-styled coat there. However. LOOKS AWESOME. I was kind of terrified when they suggested it might take place in China, but I think this time period presents a lot of really interesting history and, considering Ubisoft's track record, I think they can pull it off and I hope they do.
  • CitizenWolfie - March 1, 2012 5:52 a.m.

    Part of me thinks that looks like a REALLY convincing piece of fan art. It just seems a bit out of place compared to the previous concept arts of Ezio. Plus having the iconic hood on that jacket looks really anachronistic given the fashion at the time. In fact, the jacket itself looks odd with the denim and animal hide chaps. Anyway if it is true I am more than a little disappointed. I was really hoping for Victorian London most of all as I thought a "Working Class Assassins" versus "Templar Royalty" story would have worked well (Queen Victoria has numerous assassination attempts made at her) and London has always had high buildings and interesting architecture for the Assassin to explore and jump off. St. Pauls Cathedral itself could contain a hidden tomb. And it's a bustling city - plenty of scope to disappear into a crowd. I have faith that Ubisoft will make a great game but if this art does turn out to be real I have a few issues with it. The main one being that you usually associate Native Americans with rural areas, not the huge vertical cities expected from AC games. But on the other hand, it makes sense story-wise to end up in America and the fact that Native Americans "lost" (for want of a better term) leads on nicely to the Templars being in power circa 2012. Or maybe I'm just over thinking things.
  • losthero15 - March 1, 2012 4:04 a.m.

    The Northern US would make a lot of sense for this game, especially New York. New York was captured by the British at the very beginning of the war and was not freed until it ended. Because of this,supporters of the revolution fought back through various spy rings founded by George Washington himself. If that doesn't sound like an assassin's creed game I don't know what does.
  • theycallmegep - February 29, 2012 10:38 p.m.

    aw cmon, if youre going to discuss his belt buckle and every other detail you can at least get the name of the gun right =P
  • GhostNappa2k10 - February 29, 2012 10:34 p.m.

    If this is real, then consider my interest in the Assassin's Creed series back again. This could be (mind the pun) revolutionary, for the AC franchise.
  • Rainbow-Carnage - February 29, 2012 11:40 p.m.

    Same here. I lost interest in the series after AC2, but this looks pretty awesome. Please be real!!!!
  • shawksta - February 29, 2012 10:16 p.m.

    hmm, a native american huh? Were gonna have to wait a see, most likely will be fully revealed at E3 so we'll see. Kinda ditching the italian heritage but why the hell not!
  • SirManguydude - February 29, 2012 10:11 p.m.

    To quote Juno at the end of Brotherhood(SPOILER ALERT), "There is one who would accompany you through the gate. She lies not within our sight." and "Only she remains to be found. Awaken the sixth. Go. ALONE" Seem that Desmond is going to need to either find the Sixth or the Sixth shall find him. Considering that Desmond and crew are already at the gate I would assume that you will need to find the Sixth.
  • SirManguydude - February 29, 2012 10:15 p.m.

    Also the Gate to the Grand Temple is in Upstate New York, and if this rumor proves true, the game could be set during the American Revolution as Desmond attempts to find a way through his ancestry to open up the gate.
  • comaqi - February 29, 2012 10:01 p.m.

    If this is true, I'm hooked. If this isn't true, ubisoft should make some shit up and change the entire game to fix this picture because it's better than anything else they could make.
  • dsilvers - February 29, 2012 9:10 p.m.

    If you're into games that take place during the American Revolution, you should check out Children of Liberty from Lantana Games! http://www.indiedb.com/games/children-of-liberty The online alpha for Children of Liberty is free to play too, at www.lantanagames.com

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