As the world is buzzing with Halo 4, Mass Effect 3 and Assassin's Creed 3 all trending worldwide today, that last title has caused a particularly notable stir with a trailer this very morning. Every video game site and blog in existence has referenced this trailer, and for the faithful readers, I hope you aren't disappointed in me referencing it either. It marks the supposed culmination of Ubisoft's highest-grossing, fantastical series, and seeing gameplay is something of note.
The trailer shows a fact previously confirmed: large-scale battles, featuring a thousands soldiers or more. Based on the trailer, the battle shown is either the Battle of Saratoga, a divisive victory for the Americans, or the Battle of Oriskany, one of the bloodiest encounters of the entire war. But the quote is spoken by George Washington, a figure Ubisoft has confirmed the protagonist, Connor, will meet through the course of the game.
The protagonist himself has British and Native Indian roots, with Kotaku learning his native name. It's unclear where Connor's loyalties are, but the developer has confirmed that prominent figures on both sides will be met. Interestingly, Mohawk Valley (where the trailer is set) is just a stone's throw from where the Central Vault or Grand Temple is, where the crew ends up at the end of Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
The British soldiers dying in the beginning shows off Connor's skill and preferred use of his trusty tomahawk, shaped like the Assassin symbol. Additionally, Connor swooping through those trees could be a sign that forested areas will play a predominant role and trees will be used as cover.
For a yearly franchise, Ubisoft certainly knows how to put together awesome trailers. Halloween 2012 is the projected release date, with the publisher saying a Wii U version is planned. So I guess that means the system is out this year. Can't wait. Jeff out.