Ubisoft on Assassin’s Creed III: ‘We have to refresh everything’

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Electronic Theatre ImageThe forthcoming Assassin’s Creed III has been hailed as a new start for the franchise, not least by your very own Electronic Theatre. While many gamers got tried of the re-treading of familiar ground on an annual basis by the time Assassin’s Creed: Revelations arrived, Assassin’s Creed III aims to do away with that image of unnecessary annual iteration by taking a huge leap forward. Electronic Theatre recently sat down with Ubisoft’s Matt Turner, part of the Assassin’s Creed III writing team, to find out just how they intend to do this.

“There were always different teams. So, like, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, they were different teams. We’re always kind of our own thing and for us, from the very beginning we had earned the ‘III’, we were telling ourselves from the start this is us.” States Turner when asked about the development process for Assassin’s Creed III. “You know, with Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed II,Electronic Theatre Image Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelation, I think are great instalments on a narrative level and it was like ‘we are Assassin’s Creed III, we have to be the next thing’. There has to be a reason that we are the ‘III’ so that’s been a challenge from the beginning.”

Assassin’s Creed III promises to deliver a new character, a new .. and even a new continent. However, for some gamers this simply won’t be enough. The argument that Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations were all too similar in terms of gameplay, with the latter noticeably weaker than the former, does hold some water. The team behind Assassin’s Creed III has had to walk a difficult tightrope between convincing the naysayers that they can bring something new to the franchise without distancing those who have stuck with it through thick-and-thin.

“Basically our mantra has been that we have to refresh everything or even just renew everything and have a fresh set of eyes on all the mechanics, and take what people loved, maintain it and then grow it. Everything felt like it had to be patched and I think we managed that: the fight scenes are brand new, the navigation has changed, the world is exponentially bigger than it ever has been before, the graphic Electronic Theatre Imagefidelity is better, everything about it is better on a technical and aesthetic level and I think that we did earn the III and hopefully the fans will agree.”

Assassin’s Creed III is set for release later this month and Electronic Theatre has a great deal of new content, including hands-on impressions and detailed interviews, coming between now and launch. Be sure to stay right here for all the latest details on the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

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