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Long before a game like Assassin’s Creed III can be played on a screen with a controller, the world of that game must be visualized. Strong concept art guides the vision of a project, informing the graphical style, locations, characters, and tone of the whole experience. During our visit to AC III developer Ubisoft Montreal, we saw a wealth of evocative images from the project. We’ve drawn out some of the coolest pieces of concept art from what we saw to help illustrate some of the game’s most compelling locations, events, and characters. For each of the images below, you may click on the picture for a larger version. Then, read the description below each image to learn more about what that piece of art illustrates about the larger game. Enjoy your illustrated tour of the world of Assassin’s Creed III.
Boston Colonial-era Boston is one of two major cities open to full exploration in Assassin’s Creed III. Boston was one of the largest cities in the colonies during the latter half of the 1700s. Numerous historical events occurred in or nearby to Boston during the period, including the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Siege of Boston, and even the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and his fellow colonial patriots. Expect to witness some major changes to the city over the course of the full game.
City LifeThis interior view of Boston offers a potent vision of the potential for city gameplay in Assassin’s Creed III. Tall brick homes, steepled churches, and docked ships offer a wide variety of climbing opportunities. Life on the streets is also dramatically more varied and lively than in previous installments of the Assassin’s Creed series. While the new game offers plenty of new gameplay experiences out in the wilds, the core excitement of free running through a teeming city remains intact; we witnessed a demo with new hero Connor weaving amid wagons and merchant stalls – and even through building windows – to evade a pursuing squad of British soldiers.
New YorkThis image shows the aftermath of the Great Fire of New York, a catastrophic event in 1776 that left around a quarter of the city in ruins. To this day, it remains unclear whether the fire was accidental or if it was purposeful arson to hamper the occupying British forces within the city. In previous installments of Assassin’s Creed, the history enthusiast could delight in visiting particular places. In Assassin’s Creed III, the focus has been shifted to experiencing particular events, like the fire. You’ll see a location before a major event, during, and after it has occurred. When you’re done, you’ll understand why we remember events like the New York fire in the historical record.
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Enough with the AC3 stuff already.
I hope they can pull off the frontier traversal
Great article. Thanks for all inside info. This is going to be great. I'm especially looking forward to be part of historical events. And also the effect of seasons is interesting and life-like factor :D
I have to admit, the environments are looking good, and hopefully, ACIII runs on a new engine, because I'm really excited for a new look to the series. Also, I hope they add something really new into the gameplay that isn't gimmicky *cough* tower defence. Either way, I'm curious as to where the story will go.
this game is going to be RAD!!!! i can't wait!
I still want to see it in action. I am very curious as to see how the game handles climbing trees and interacting in the wilderness.
This game looks mad
maybe lee ends up a bit as macchiavelli in brotherhood. remember that for a portion of the game he was seen as a traitor and he was an ally after all? or that dude tarik in revelations who has the same purpose? maybe charles lee fills the same role.
Im really looking foward to this game, but I've been questioning the way the multiplayer will be set up due to the outdoor terrain. Another thing I've been wondering is what the armor will be made out of. I don't know, just a few questions to consider.
This game is gonna be so freakin epic
The game is gonna be the best in the series, farewell Altair & Ezio...here comes Connor.
Im crying tears of joy!!!!
I'm so excited! I kind of wish Ubisoft didn't release the details of this game yet because now I will be thinking of it for 7 and a half months...
This is simply amazing... I can not wait to play this game.. stop taunting me gameinformer!!!!
I AM YELLING RIGHT NOW!
AND *** YOU I COULDN'T CARE LESS ABOUT MY CAPS LOCK USAGE!