Is This The Star Of Assassin's Creed III? [Update]

Well, this is interesting. A Best Buy employee just emailed us two images snapped from their employee news section. One shows that ubisoft will be unveiling Assassin's Creed III on March 5, and that there'll be pre-order bonuses to be had. Whatever.

The other is a shot of what they say is the game's promotional art. Featuring what may well be Assassin's Creed III's star.

If this is legitimate, and remember, this is completely unconfirmed, it appears that the chatter placing the third game in the series in the American Revolution is spot-on. In the background is the original Continental flag, the Assassin is wearing an 18th-century military jacket and from his weaponry, jewellery and resemblance to actor Wes Studi he appears to be Native American. Especially when you consider that our source tells us that, out of shot, the Assassin is also carrying a tomahawk.

UPDATE: OK, we now have a bigger, better shot of the character below. Click to embiggen!

More: Why a Colonial Assassin's Creed Makes Complete Sense (and Sounds Awesome)

3/1 UPDATE: Ubisoft has released official boxart that confirms the Revolutionary War setting. Game Informer Magazine has also revealed their cover story on the game, adding further confirmation.


Comments

    Assassin's Creed: American Revolution?

      It's clearly going to be Red Dead Assassination. I am slightly disappointed it might be in plain ol' Meurica.

    While I can believe that this is true, I'm rather disappointed.

    People were talking up the possibility of US Civil War era and Victorian London. Both appeal far more to me than this.

    Then again, the series as a whole has stagnated with the annual release cycle. I won't be rushing to buy this, regardless of where it is set.

      London would be a great setting for Assassin's Creed. Civil War era US? I don't think the locations have as much depth =/

      We'll see. (Agreed with series stagnating due to annual release cycle btw)

      Yeah, same. From the very outset I was hoping that of all things it wouldn't be set in Japan or America. The former because ninja are far overdone and the latter because we already have Desmond's sections taking place in America, even if the time frame is different.

      Was really hoping for Victorian London as well.

        Desmond's sections have been taking place in ITALY not the U.S

          In the last few games, yes. Remember how he was in Abstergo before leaving it?

            That Abstergo facility was in Italy
            http://assassinscreed.wikia.com/wiki/Abstergo_laboratory

              Well, shit.

                lol that comment just made my day.

              yeah, but if you even watched/listened to the dialogue in the initial scenes of the first game, he was a bartender (from an american city which escapes me... detroit or something?) who was kidnapped and brought to abstergo - wherever that may have been. so desmond's descendants may have come to the us and had a relationship with the native american in this article. either way, i reckon they could still state that without basing the conclusion of a good series on it. they couldve still explored his european lineage pre-america. i mean, im just scared i'll see a game that resembles "gun" and having to use one on myself

      American Revolution fits the themes of the game (think of all the conspiracy theories that stem from the fact that Washington was a highly-ranked Freemason) far better than the Civil War.

      I'm still disappointed if they go this route though. The whole stated point of the Assassin's Creed games was to visit places and times which had never really been explored in video games. The Holy Land during the Crusades, Venice, Renaissance Rome, Constantinople, they're all places we haven't been in games before. American Revolution seems so pedestrian in comparison.

        (spoilers)
        at the end of revelations when desmond wakes up he is on a plane to the states with his father and the rest of the team. Can't remember if it's in the game or the encyclopaedia made with the revelations preorder but its one of them. descends father is also the current mentor

    Can we call this series dead? Cause they have obviously run out of GOOD ideas

      Yes, obviously. Just from looking at this single poster, Ubisoft have clearly made a terrible game.

      ...seriously, comments like yours just make me mad. I hope you're being sarcastic or trolling or something. Otherwise, many facepalms to you sir.

        A single poster is all you need. It's jump to absurd conclusions day!

          Apparently so! Everyone here seems to be loving jump to absurd conclusions day

          Jump to absurd conclusions day? no it's not! You must be hitler!

    Whatever region we're in I just hope the storyline wraps as well. There very few definite endings in games these days.

    This will in all likelihood be the last AC game I buy, so I hope it concludes the story.

    Wait for it to be set in the future with lightsabers. Call Jedi/Call Sith

      Star Wars isn't the future. It happened a long time ago, remember?

    Yeah lets all call it shit before we've seen ANYTHING about.

    That seems like a logical response.

    I hope it's fake. 18th century America doesn't imply the type of cities you can have a great parkour game in. 18C Paris, yes. Japan, even though I don't favour it for an AC game, yes. London, of course. But it wasn't until the mid-late 19th century that American cities became recognisable (unless they use New Orleans, which has been overplayed somewhat in games).

    God, I really hope this isn't true.

    Who asked for the American Revolution? It's boring and the setting is really not suited to Assassin's Creed's usual settings. Not really many tall, interesting buildings to climb and admire.

    I don't get the rage...

    I'm normally the first to slam a globally-targeted title for unnecessary and nauseating American flag-waving, but I personally find the imagery and period of the American Revolution to be some of the richest and most interesting within the last few hundred years.

    This should be a great game. :)

    Those deriding the time frame need to do some historical research. Plantations, slavery, native americans, forests, townships... theres opportunity aplenty.

    Victorian london? Im sorry but that wouldn't be a lot different to AC2 and Brotherhoods architecture. At least this way, its a totally new setting. When was the last time you had a third person adventure in this setting? Never?

      My view is that if it's not in a big city with huge tall buildings etc, then it will fail. A forest in an AC game? That would be boring as hell.

      Maybe if it was in Washington D.C...

        ...New York? Philadelphia? Charlestown? Boston?

        Again, do a little reading of the period. Plenty of battles were fought over some of the most populated regions of the US North-East.

          Looked at some pics of 19th-century Boston, that could actually work and be awesome. Hope they go with something like that.

            18th* century, my bad.

        90% of the buildings in rome, constantinople, florence etc have been no taller than 2 stories tall other than an occasional spire or watchtower. An assassin doesnt need a giant city to hide. Clambering up a giant pine then swandiving onto an enemy below? leaping across tallships? chasing across town rooftops? high speed foot chases through cotton/cornfields and maybe a plain or two with bison?

        You guys are SHITTING me saying that has no potential right???

          Quite the opposite - I think we're in agreement. As I said, I love the period! I just don't think many people (outside the US) really understand it, and assume that the 13 colonies were all forests and log cabins.

          I wouldn't be surprised if we see a return to an almost AC1-style of story with the Assassins being a third party to a war between the Revolutionaries and the English ...With the Templar no doubt having some kind evil conspiracy within the ranks of the red coats. I doubt the game would sell very well if Ubisoft dared to suggest that General Washington was a godless Templar!

          Nonetheless. Can't wait.

          No, I don't think it has as much potential compared to the ones in Italy. It's more than just tall buildings, it's also the massive awesome churches and castle walls and that sort of thing. I might be asking a bit much for them to top the amazing world that was Venice, but I don't see it being as great as AC2's cities were.

    eh wish they would just stop releasing them every year. They milking the hell out of the series and its ruining it at the same time..

    Havent played the last one because im really over the series atm

    Awesome!

    I also read that the DLC for this will be playable SF4 T-hawk and Killer instincts Chief thunder.

    I think some thing set in Egypt would of been good, tie in some mummies and aliens building pyramids and we would of been sweet.

    Yaknow... There hasn't actually been a bad assassins creed game on consoles yet. Just saying. If you gave up on the series at bro hood or revelations, fine. I've been a closet skeptic for each one but so far they've outdone their respective predecessors in every way

    I thought the idea was to set the games in places that don't usually get seen. Sure the American revolution doesn't appear in many games, but sometimes it seems like if a film can't afford to shoot a WW2 film, they do the American revolution instead.

    Consider the Shark officially jumped.

      For what, exactly? All they've shown is the time period. Which actually has a lot of potential.

        Well for one thing. What I enjoyed about AC series was it circumvented all the USA flag waving bullshit.

        Secondly this feels VERY out of place for the series. It seems many people commenting here agree.

        Glad you enjoy it though bro'. good for you.

          Out of place because they changed the setting?

          You are making no sense.

            errmmm.... setting sucks. The shark has been jumped. comprende?

            You're welcome.

              How about this.

              You wait until there is actually SOME form of information other than a poster, and then you can start picking it apart.

              YOU'RE welcome.

    History has always been vital to the AC series. I agree that there is alot of history to draw from during 1700 america. There was the 3 way war between Britan, France and the Indians
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_and_Indian_War

    Which was followed by the war of independence
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolutionary_War

    Muskets ahoy-hoy!

    As well as the developing colonial cities there may be a lead into aztec ruins in south america (Project Legacy).

      The war between Britain, France and the Native Americans sounds awesome, actually!

    They should do it in Sydney circa 2012. Make the Assassins in WRX's and Skinny jeans.

      Haha!! That's a pisser! only if you must assassinate cyclists wearing those spandex suits, id be up for that!

    Well technically they could still include London and or Paris, think how many of the founding fathers went back and forht between the US and London/Paris regularly. Maybe this assassin is from London and comes to the US training in the ways of the Native Americans in order to change the order once again. I have the strange feeling that the Brits might be Assassins in this game and the Revolutionaries might be the Templars.

    Who's to say that this is going to focus purely on America? The Templars are a world wide organization. Maybe the free masons in this case are Assassins? You can't go raging about the time period until we have more details. There's plenty you can do with America during the war of independance. The east coast of the states was built up. We could even jump to France/London if the conspiracy warrants it. Both had hands in the war.

    I don't recall many hooded Assassin's running around the American Revolution

      Oh, you were there, were you? Maybe you don't recall them because they did their job and kept hidden...

      How many of them ran around during the Renaissance?

      Seriously, American Revolution isn't exactly "OHEMGEEYES" exciting, but it's not nearly as bad an idea as everyone here seems to claim.

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