Despite the fact that Assassin’s Creed III will take place during the time of the American Revolution, players should not expect to see any kind of patriotism creep into the game, mainly because the nation was still in many ways culturally English.
Matt Turner, the lead writer working on Assassin’s Creed III
, told the Official PlayStation Magazine in the United Kingdom that, “The truth of the matter is that America didn’t exist until 1783 and that’s when our game ends.”
He added, “At that point it’s not about American or English; it’s about English and English and that’s something we want to be very clear on. It’s not about America ra ra, it’s about freedom and community and about how people are treated in that kind of a situation.
“And how they want to find their own identity. I think that’s something that’s universal to anybody.”
The developers of Assassin’s Creed are also ready to tackle issues that might be somewhat uncomfortable, including the fate of Native Americans and how the American revolutionaries were treating slaves.
Turner explained that until 1787 the continent and the new nation lacked any groups lobbying for emancipation of slaves and that is reflected in the upcoming game, although it is not a central theme of the title.
Connor, also known by his Native American name Ratohnhaké:ton, will be neutral when it comes to the actual Revolution and will only be initially concerned with his battle against the Templars and their schemes.
The list of historical figures that the player meets in Assassin's Creed III
includes: George Washington, General Lafayette , Benjamin Franklin, Israel Putnam , Thomas Jefferson, Charles Lee, John Pitcairn and William Prescott.
The game will be launched in late October on the PC, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 and a Nintendo Wii U version is also planned.