When I was a kid, my mom didn’t want me to play too many videogames. And she had a lot of compelling arguments. “Playing outside will make you healthier than sitting on a couch all day.” “Staring intently at a TV screen without blinking for five hours isn’t good for your vision.” “No, you can’t bring your Game Boy to school! What sort of ridiculous dystopian mother would I be if I let my child bring a gameplay devices to school?” At the time, I didn’t have any real counterargument. Heck, I can understand her concern: My favorite videogame was about a plumber with mustache who swallows mushrooms to help him squash turtles. Now that videogames have gotten respectable, though, smartass kids have it easy. Example: The upcoming Assassin’s Creed III. Sure, it’s the latest entry in an action series about a society of badass parkour monk ninjas. But it’s also, to judge by the new trailer, a fly-on-the-wall look at the Revolutionary War. Consider it a supplement to your fifth-grade American history class!
The trailer introduces the newest protagonist in the historical adventure series: Ratohnhaké:ton, an Assassin who’s part English and part Native American. (Perhaps to rescue a nation of copy editors from headaches, Ratohnhaké:ton goes by “Connor” for most of the game.) A press release from designer Ubisoft proudly notes that the game will feature “a revolutionary new game engine,” and the trailer seems to indicate that the new game will feature a major decisive break from the past. Whereas earlier Assassin’s Creed games mostly set the player loose in large cities, the trailer shows Connor hopping from tree branch to tree branch. Check out the trailer:
It’ll be intriguing to see if the game can make the colonial frontier as vivid as Renaissance-era Venice. Us history nerds at EW have been big fans of the franchise, but the last couple entries in the series were essentially just impressively detailed expansion packs for AC2. This looks like an ambitious leap forward for the series. And you gotta love how the trailer uses an actual speech by George Washington — Battle of Long island, what whaaaat! Admittedly, your history teacher won’t be amused when you claim that the American Revolution was actually just a cover-up for the millennia-old battle between Assassins and Templars. But your commie history teacher probably also doesn’t know that the Civil War was started by vampires.
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