This latest trailer explores the more technical side of Assassin’s Creed III and it’s new game engine:
As you can tell, lady geeks and gentlenerds, the above video is all about Ubisoft’s brand new game engine AnvilNext. Anvil, AKA the engine previously known as Scimitar, has been the foundation of all the Assassin’s Creed games so far. Such a large revamp of the engine is big news for the AC series and from what we’ve seen so far, the changes have an enormous scale.
A dynamic four season weather system is an important addition to AC III frontier setting. We’ve seen the protagonist Connor running through snowy backdrops in almost every video but knowing that the weather will vary dynamically throughout the player’s experience undoubtedly adds another dimension to the assassinations and exploration in the Un-United States of America. As well as sun, snow and rain on land, the weather will greatly affect the sea battles that were revealed at this year’s E3. Strong winds, heavy rain and swelling waves can turn the tides when Connor goes cannon-to-cannon with his foes.
The other major points that stand out in the AnvilNext trailer involve some pretty staggering numbers. War is tearing through the land of Assassin’s Creed III and up to 2000 NPCs can be involved in a conflict at a time. As of yet, Connor’s allegiances are unclear so I’m very excited to see him interact with hundreds of possible enemies at a given time. The other impressive number stated by the oh-so-smooth voice over is that the hero, Connor Kenway, whose birth name is Ratonhnhaké:ton (pronounced Ra-doon-ha-gay-doon, for the record), will have over 1000 unique animations. To quote sultry toned VO man, this makes Connor “the most complex and technically advanced assassin yet” and apparently the “most detailed third-person character ever.” While the former is undoubtedly true, the latter sounds very much like the typical unverifiable hyperbole thrown around by sales & marketing personnel around the world. (Trust me, I’m one of them.)
One last point. After the recent Rise trailer, I was beginning to worry that Ubisoft were going to heavily slant Assassin’s Creed III in favour of the American audience, as so many other companies tend to do. Fortunately, it would seem that Connor’s loyalties are not as black & white as they first seem. In theory, a half-English, half-Native American character would align himself against the forces of the Revolutionaries yet the vast majority of footage shown has been the killing of British soldiers.
As you can see from this fantastic double-kill gif, Connor isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty with an American assassination or two.
It should be very intriguing to see where the hero’s alliances ultimately lie.
Assassin’s Creed III is developed by Ubisoft Montreal, published by Ubisoft and currently due for release on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U on October 31st 2012.