Why a Colonial Assassin’s Creed Makes Complete Sense (and Sounds Awesome)
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed games may play loose with the facts, but in the more tangible history of a time period, they excel. What I mean by that is the politics, the attitudes, the society, even the fashion. It’ll be interesting seeing them apply the same focus to such a revered time in American history, and hopefully show that it wasn’t all as heroic as most movies and popular accounts would have you believe.
The choice of a Native American protagonist, as it appears has been made, would only aid this. Rather than having you play as a colonial, or a loyalist, being one of the indigenous population gives them the opportunity to propel the story from outside the partisan restrictions of the reds vs the blues.
People are already complaining that Colonial America lacked the large urban sprawls present in previous games. To that I say…those cities weren’t exactly to scale. You can’t run across Constantinople in a day. I also say, Colonial America had plenty of large urban centres. New York at the time was home to just under 50,000 people, while there were around 25,000 living in Philadelphia. Not exactly Rome, I grant you that, but big enough (if recreated in scale) for someone to run around in all day.
Colonial America may have been short on medieval cathedrals, but it had plenty of tall trees and mountains you could just as easily run through and over.
One of the things that’s helped the latter games stand out from the original is the cast of supporting characters. Some of them are fake, sure, but others, like Leonardo Da Vinci, are of course real people, and weaving them into the story has worked wonders.
Imagine, then, the possibilities present in the War of Independence, which has no shortage of both important and fascinating characters. There’s George Washington, of course, interesting not only for his importance, but also for the fact he fought for both sides in his long military career. There’s Benjamin Franklin. Paul Revere. And don’t forget Benedict Arnold as a possible Templar villain, who like Washington fought for both sides (only he did it in the same war).
(Read all at kotaku.com)