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Assassin's Creed III Coming October 30

The "three years" in the making sequel will arrive this fall.

With Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed: Revelations existing as something close to, but not quite fully proper sequels in the Assassin's Creed lineage, many have been wringing their hands in rapt anticipation over when, precisely, they would get their hands on something Assassin's Creed related with the word "three" in it, possibly represented by some kind of numeric character, either modern or using old timey Roman numerals. Now, Ubisoft has seen fit to tell you.

We don't know who you'll be playing as in Assassin's Creed III, but it stands to reason whoever it is will be like, "Uh uh uh uh uh" at some point.

It turns out you'll be getting your grubby, stabby hands on Assassin's Creed III (Hah! Roman numerals! I was right!) on October 30, 2012.

The news came via Ubisoft's regularly scheduled investors call this morning, where Ubi boss Yves Guillemot proclaimed both that "Assassin's Creed III is the true next generation of both the Assassin's Creed brand and interactive entertainment/storytelling in general," and that it would be "the biggest launch in Ubisoft history."

Little is known about the plot of the next official sequel in the series, save but for the acknowledgment that it will revolve around adventures not featuring either Ezio nor Altair as the protagonist. Instead, a mysterious new assassin will enter the fray, presumably to tie up the story arc into a nice, neat trilogy, because that's just how things are done these days.

I'll just go ahead and call it that this will be the game where you play exclusively as Desmond. That could be a thing, right?

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Posted by MrMuscle

Man I need to get thru Revelations. I love AC but that game really made it hard for me to get into.

Posted by JackSukeru

I haven't played Revelations yet and I'm not really itching to pick it up. Who knows, maybe I'll change my mind as more info on this game is released, or maybe I'll just skip that game alltogether.

I'm ready to be impressed by this entry though, expectations are high.

Posted by superfunhappygun

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I swore the series off after the second one, when the main character was changed from an assassin to a spoiled brat.

Posted by AhmadMetallic

I am, as of Revelations' release day, over the Assassin's Creed games. I loved 1 and 2 deeply, played them over and over, enjoyed Brotherhood but that was it. The game mechanics need an overhaul. The AI behavior needs enhancements. And most importantly, the Ezio-milking has to STOP! Fuck Ezio, give us other characters from around the world and throughout history LIKE YOU PROMISED, UBISOFT!

Posted by BisonHero

@JJOR64 said:

Looks like I need to get around to Assassin's Creed Revelations sometime soon.

But do you really?

Posted by triviaman09

I'm excited. Then again, I haven't played Revelations yet.

Posted by hollitz

I know it's asking too much for this to be as much of an improvement over its predecessor as AC2 was to AC1, but a boy can dream, can't he? Cannot fucking wait.

Posted by Nicky92

They need a new game engine for AC3. The engine used in Brotherhood and Revelations is dated.

Posted by Lydian_Sel

Prior to playing Revelations my excitement for this franchise could not be higher. Post Revelations I'm not so eager to jump back into the shoes of another Assassin.

Posted by Shaanyboi

I was so convinced before Revelations that the final game (well... final in this story arc) would have Desmond in modern day, running around, being all Assassin-y. No time periods, nothing. But after Revelations' ending, I'm less convinced. Think of the sheer complexity of all that asset creation to make a MODERN URBAN CITY with all that environmental interaction, all the AI walking around, there'd probably be cars everywhere too... That's just unrealistic. Now, I'm expecting this to be like Desmond running around in a vault, probably instead flashing back to like... their weird "first civilization" stuff they've always hinted at.

Posted by djaoni

Assassass Beads 8

Posted by Jimbo

HYPE. Lol @ Desmond game. Lol @ trilogy.

Posted by Deathpooky

Playing through Revelations now, and I agree with most of the complaints. So far little on Desmond, and even the Ezio story isn't that compelling. The most interesting part so far has been the Altair flashbacks really.

Not sure another game in less than a year is a good idea. They came close to burning out with the latest one and just slapping a 3 on there isn't going to prevent that here.

Posted by MachoFantastico

They've said before there will be no Desmond only game, which is a tad disappointing. I just hope it's not historically based in the American Revolution like the rumors are saying, can't help but think that would be boring and not make an whole lot of sense for the timeline. Though to be fair, the American Revolution setting as been rumored for Assassin's Creed since the second game was announced.

I never realized Revelations sold seven million copies, impressive.

Posted by 1p

Don't fuck this up, Ubisoft.

Posted by Jimbo

Revelations was one Ezio game too many. Also it was the first game in the franchise which seemed kinda half-hearted to me.

Posted by phish09

Personally, I think it should be set in early 20th century New Orleans. The architecture would lend itself well to the climbing and swinging traversal, plus all the different cultural influences of the time and place would be something really fun for the AC teams to play around with. Either that, or make it entirely based on Desmond. Making it within the last century or so would make the ancestor closer to Desmond, like a grandfather or great grandfather.

Posted by bkbroiler

This is a good idea. If 3 hadn't been next, I probably wouldn't have played the next iteration. Now I guess I'll have to.

Posted by Cincaid
  • First game: Alright
  • Second game: Amazing
  • Brotherhood: Let-down after previous title

Haven't bothered to pick up Revelations yet (will most likely at some point though). Will be interesting to see what his new entry is all about.

Posted by belin43

Take your time Ubisoft...

Posted by mrfluke

unless you guys have any attachments to ezio and altair you could just watch the ending of revelations and not need to play it 

Posted by Enai

No not just yet thank you - I'll see in October

Posted by Bakumatsu

I saw on Eurogamer that there's a rumor going on that the next installment of assassin's creed is set in the american revolution. Also Ubisoft is releasing a single player dlc for Revelations focusing on Desmond.

Posted by Klaimore

So the game takes place in Rome confirmed!

Posted by virtorio

Playing mainly as Desmond COULD be a thing.

But it won't be a thing.

Posted by Clubvodka

So what if... just what if to get around how it makes sense you can just die and pop back in AC and how they corner off the world, what if you're playing as Desmond but being controlled by someone else?

Apologies if this was suggested in the 4 pages of comments!

Posted by Summoboomo

This is absolutely going to be the first part of the Assassin's Creed III trilogy.

Posted by chrissedoff

Great! I hope you don't play as Desmond, because I want that game set in the French Revolution to be real.

Posted by MrCleanTrousers

Ok, i'm gonna say American Revolution and the farm Desmond grew up in will be the new Monteriggioni... and solar storms!

Posted by BSw

Recently bought Brotherhood, but I haven't had the time to play it yet. I'm playing through about six games at a time without really having any time to play games at all. Looking forward to it, though, AC 2 is one of my all-time favourite games. More of the same would be good enough. Same for Revelations. Let's see if I can get through both before 3 comes out.

Posted by Bleeble

@bkbroiler said:

This is a good idea. If 3 hadn't been next, I probably wouldn't have played the next iteration. Now I guess I'll have to.


Posted by Terranigma

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Edited by MasturbatingestBear

Hopefully they end the trilogy... with another trilogy.

Edit: I see that joke has already been used above me... I'll be leaving now.

Posted by jmood88

I can't wait.

Posted by Venatio

I want to finally play as Desmond in modern times

That's it Ubisoft

Posted by TheHT

Playing as Desmond alone would be pretty awesome, but I guess that's not quite the AC way.

Posted by RandomInternetUser

I still need to get around to playing Revelations. I am pretty damn tired of that time period and Ezio at this point, glad it's not AC2-4 coming out, or I would probably give up on the franchise. Excited to see what happens in this one.

Posted by Phatmac

Hope it changes enough to be awesome again. AC2 and Brotherhood were fantastic to me at least.

Posted by plaintomato

@Cincaid said:

  • First game: Alright
  • Second game: Amazing
  • Brotherhood: Let-down after previous title

Haven't bothered to pick up Revelations yet (will most likely at some point though). Will be interesting to see what his new entry is all about.

This. AC1 was so just-okay that I was pleasantly surprised by ACII's awesomeness. Brotherhood was probably great, but I couldn't tell because it felt like more ACII, which I'd already played to death until I was bored with it less than a year before Brotherhood came out. Revelations might have been awesome too, but who knows, after buying Brotherhood only to find out I was bored with it after 10 minutes, I never gave Revelations a second thought.

The multiplayer should have just been DLC for ACII.

I love the ancient setting, but modern times might just be the fresher-upper this series needs. Still, there's just been so much AC that it feels boring now; it will take more than a new coat of pixels to fix.

Ubi is so anxious to turn this into their annualized COD cash cow that they're running it into the ground. Three years in development? More like one, and not even that yet.

Posted by Dan_CiTi

AC1 was a bad game with a couple good ideas, and 2 and brohood picked up on that potential for the most part. Most of what Rev added wasn't so great. Hopefully this is like a jump from 1 to 2 or 1 to Brotherhood.

Posted by Tim_the_Corsair

You play as Desmond, only to find out the entire dream was a fever dream of Napoleon Bonaparte on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo.

Posted by MormonWarrior

I really couldn't stand the first game, cool concept aside, since it got so repetitive so quickly. The second game is amazing, one of the top five games of 2009. Brotherhood was...alright. Actually, they messed up a lot of the stuff I liked about II, like the way horses controlled and how fighting was handled...but it also made me care about the formerly awful characters outside the Animus, so it was a mixed bag.

I'm interested in seeing what they put out. Hope it's great.

Posted by Charlee_CoCo

Anyone hoping for AC3 to be a Desmond exclusive game is going to be let down.

It was either the Game Informer cover story about Revelations or the the GI podcast (about Revelations) where the devs confirmed there wouldn't be a Desmond only AC game and that the main/numbered series would always have a new lead character at some point throughout history.

Posted by Seppli

Female protagonist and Desmond will definitely end up playing with himself *hurr durr*

Posted by SuperCabboy

I'm cautiously optimistic for this one.

Posted by Draxyle

Seems like a weird thing to build the third game at the same time as the previous two side-iterations. Will the third game have the minor advancements of Brotherhood and Revelations? Was the story even planned out with this order in mind? It is a relief to hear that it's been in development for 3 years though. We might actually get sufficient changes (and then another mini-trilogy to burn them out, of course).

Reading some of the other discussion here, I never understood the hate for AC1. I got into it a bit late, expecting a mediocre game from everything I've heard.. but it was pretty fantastic, like nothing I have ever played before. Yea the missions had a bit of repetition, but they were still fun to do. Still doesn't make much sense to me.

Posted by ChangeTheL1ghts

It was bizarre I used to be an incredible fan of the AC series (The second one was fantastic and as was the first), brotherhood came out and it was pretty decent and I enjoyed it but so far with revelations it's bizzare, it's the first AC game that hasn't grabbed me at all, not sure what it is just something about it. I love the new slow-mo moments and tweaks on mechanics (Hook blade, parachutes, ziplines) but anything that isn't a tweak on movement for me just seems annoying. The bomb crafting I find interrupts game play, and the tower defense mini game is not something that should have ever even been thought of. Besides that and a bit of a lazily told story compared to the first and second the dust. The stupid dust in some of the cities is atrocious, just clogs the screen with a haze of unchangeable, immobile, dust.

Posted by HadesTimes

This either be the best AC since 2 or the worst one ever. I hope Ubisoft realizes this. Another throwaway sequel isn't going to work.

Posted by KinjiroSSD

Assassin's Creed was decent, 2 was AMAZING, Brotherhood had a weak single player but introduced an awesome multiplayer and Revelations was just flat. Based on this trend, my expectation for 3 is low. Ubisoft is on the verge of ruining the series.

Posted by FreakAche

Oh cool. A third Assassin's Creed game.