Assassin's Creed III Changes Weather, Changes Sides, Loses Towers

There's a big Assassin's Creed III feature in the latest issue of Game Informer magazine, and having just thumbed through it, there's some interesting stuff not already revealed in there that's worth pointing out.

About trees. And Generals. And snow. And the great American frontier.


Previous games had a day/night cycle, but ACIII goes one step further and has a seasonal cycle. So during your travels the cities and countryside of the North American colonies will bleed from summer to winter, the latter bringing with it deep snow and complete changes to the animation and capabilities of the game's hero, Connor.


The game features both Boston and New York, both pivotal locations in the War of Independence, but in between them it has something a lot bigger: the "frontier". This stretch of wilderness is 1.5x the size of the entire game world in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, meaning there should be plenty of places to climb trees, shimmy up mountains and hunt wild animals (for furs and money, of course, and the better the kill, the bigger the reward).


Like Ezio's tale, Connor's will run its course over decades. The game kicks off in 1753, with the colonies still happily a possession of the mother country, and will finish in 1783, the same year the Treaty of Paris brought an end to the War of Independence.


Some of the real historical figures already confirmed to be making an appearance in ACIII are George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and, most interestingly, the equally heroic and tragic British-then-American General Charles Lee. The Game Informer story says "a large majority" of characters you meet in the game are actual historical figures, a first for the series.


That awful "tower defence" mode from Revelations is gone. Phew.


Ubisoft says the game will be trying to avoid making the war, and its combatants, a simplistic good vs evil struggle. There'll be bad Americans and good Brits, and the motives of both the Assassin's and Templars will be shown to similarly murky.

You can read a whole lot more on the game in the latest issue of Game Informer, digital copy linked below.

Assassin's Creed III Cover Story [Game Informer Digital]


    Oh no! Change! I must log onto the official forum and post new threads complaining about everything new and bumping every thread that shares the same views while insulting everybody who likes the new changes!

      Pfft, after 2 lots of full priced DLC it'll be good to see what changes AC3 brings to the table.

      I skipped out on Brotherhood and Revelations simply because they didn't bring anything new to the table.

      I find Assassin's Creed's story to be a stand out but its gameplay to be below par. I'm hoping that Assassin's Creed 3 will fix this but even if it doesn't, I'll be picking it up.

        Are you ACTUALLY trying to say the Brotherhood and Revelations brought nothing to the story?

        Well, I guess bitching about EVERYTHING is the thing to do on Kotaku, so take it away, you cool-kid.

    Den Defense wasn't that bad

      Ditto. Wasn't fantastic, but it's not like it was painful to play.

        I disagree... hated it with a passion, it was clumsy and never provided any real sense of control

        I hated the defence

      Depends on whether you like tower defense games or not really.. I'm not a fan myself and I didn't like the idea that you could be 'penalised' with it as opposed to playing it by choice

        You only had to play it once, unless you were going for the achievement. If you kept your nose clean you never got attacked and never had to do them.

          this, i never had to do it more than once, and even then i didn't mind it, people have a tendency to paint things way worse than they really are.

    Connnor. John Connor?

    Yay, Assassins creed vs Terminators!! Its a struggle to change the war of independance by the Terminators. Not so the Brittish can win the war, but to change the writing of the constitution so that Arnie can be President in the future.

      Wish a good developer would do something with the Terminator (2) world - it really has never been done justice, except for maybe those old Skynet FPS's.

    I only ever did the intro one. Didn't seem that bad. I got a bit fed up of bribing heralds, running away, coming back and bribing them again though.

    If I can't punch some major historical figures in the face; I'll be bitterly disappointed.

    The tree seen in the video made free running look like those corridor running missions in the previous games rather than the open world climbing. The only thing I want to hear is how that will work.

    I only had to do the first tutorial tower defense. My master assassins saw to it that i didnt have to suffer through the same thing again.

    Sounding really cool. After Brotherhood, Revelations was a bit of a letdown. But 3 is sounding like a proper upgrade to the series. Sounds very Red Dead, but that's a good thing in my eyes.

    Is it me or the video did not show anything to do with the hidden blade which is the iconic of AC. I would be real sad is there is no hidden blade :(

    When the Revolutionary War setting was originally 'leaked' my brother and I were talking about it and I said that the best thing possible is that the Assassin befriends Bennie Franklin in order to unlock access to the "French Prostitutes' faction.

    It started out as a joke, but by the end of the conversation it seemed like a sure thing. Regardless I'm pretty excited for a new Assassin/setting.

    I think it looks really amazin and tbh I liked revelations but ac3 looks great and I've red somewhere that u have to unlock the hidden blades

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