Assassins Creed 3 is set during a rather interesting time in American history. However, it’s not going to be all about patriotism and “America ra ra” as lead writer Matt Turner puts it.
“The truth of the matter is that America didn’t exist until 1783 and that’s when our game ends,” he said, pointing out that Connor, the protagonist, belongs to neither factions (Americans or the British), but instead tackles the Templars, sworn enemies of the assassins.
“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,” Turner noted. “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.”
Turner also said they’re not going to shy away from sensitive topics like slavery.
“It’s something we’ve been very aware of. Everybody had slaves at that point; the first groups who rallied around emancipation didn’t come around until 1787,” he said. “That was very much after our game and slavery was maintained in culture. We feel that kind of a subject deserves a certain amount attention because it’s so serious and it needs to be treated with utmost respect. We’re definitely not going to shy away from it in terms of not showing it.”
Slavery’s going to be in the game, but won’t be a central point.
The game is due out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in October. It’s also in development for Wii U.