Assassin’s Creed 3 Preview Show Off New Combat, Range of Environments

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New Assassin’s Creed 3 Preview unveils various new game features e.g. Weather actively affects gameplay

Assassin’s Creed 3 promises to shake up the sometimes-tired formula as Ubisoft shows off some of the changes

Assassin’s Creed 3 has received a wide range of previews from the press as a slew of images were revealed, showing off a range of environments from woodland to snow. Assassin’s Creed 3 represents a significant moment for the franchise, as the Brotherhood and Revelations title have made advancements but have gradually stagnated. As GameSpot note, those two titles felt too “familiar.”

Assassin’s Creed 3 features a new setting: 18th-century New England, during the American Revolution.

One of the big improvements seen in Assassin’s Creed 3 is the movement, as players now traverse across multiple environments as players move across trees and cliff edges. GameSpot there is a much more “feral” look to environments and movement, which is no surprise as screenshots showed of players hunting enemies.

GameSpot also say there is a revamped animation system, from jumping over an obstacle with one arm to sidestepping “tree trunks when jumping from branch to branch.” GameSpot also report Ubisoft saying there will be a “revamped” control system, giving players more control over their movement.

Seasonal weather changes also have an impact on players, with snow causing players to move slowly and forcing them to stick to trees. However, elements such as fog bring an added element of cover so players can sneak up on enemies with ease. Players will also spend time in cities, with streets wider and more open. Ubisoft can now also put 2,000 people on screen at once, which will help when simulating populous cities such as New York. There is a greater sense of interaction in cities too: players can jump through houses when chasing targets.

Combat changes

In terms of combat dual wielding is in, players can create human shields and enemies can be stabbed while sprinting. Enemies can also be tied to trees to lure enemies in, or potentially avoid them completely, alive or dead. The title definitely features a Metal Gear Solid-esque approach to surviving in the wilderness.

Ubisoft didn’t reveal much about the story of Assassin’s Creed 3 outside of the story, apart from the obvious theme of the American Revolution.

Assassin’s Creed 3 release later this year.

Published: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 Last Modified: March 28, 2012

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