Part of the fun of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise is how effectively the series combines a few different gameplay models — open-world exploration, ninja-precise action strategy, even missile defense — and then sets the player loose in a history professor’s dreamworld. The first game was set in the Middle East during the Crusades. Assassin’s Creed 2 and its spin-offs let you explore Florence, Rome, and Constantinople during the era of the Renaissance. Now, after much speculation, the setting for this October’s Assassin’s Creed III has finally been confirmed by Game Informer. The new game will apparently take place during the American Revolution. If there were any doubts, Ubisoft has just released the game’s cover, which shows the game’s assassin protagonist killing a Redcoat while an American flag with 13 stars waves in the background. Check out the full image after the jump:

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Exciting stuff, eh? Still no word about who the protagonist is, although the cover clearly shows him wielding a tomahawk, so for now let’s assume that the hero of Assassin’s Creed III will be a fictionalized version of Thomas Paine. (Get it? Thomas? Tomahawk? Tom? Oh, go read Common Sense.) Fellow gamers, you excited about this new setting? Or were you banking on some other famous historical setting, like Tsarist Russia?

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