So, the Assassin's Creed III news has finally broken. All speculation about which direction the series might head in has now been put to rest. Now that Ubisoft has set up the next installment to take place during the American Revolution, it may or may not drastically change the way the new protagonist handles. So lets talk about what might be in store for us in terms of gameplay. This is kind of an open forum style blog so I encourage everyone to get a dialogue going and share your thoughts.

    A staple in the Assassin's Creed franchise, as any fan of the series can tell you, is the stealth based gameplay. I noticed this to be an initial concern from a lot of people within the GIO community once the news broke. With the new setting being in New America, how could there be any stealth? It would be safe to speculate that there will be continuous open battles taking place in the new environment and with that going on, where is there to hide and does this new protagonist even utilize the same stealth combat techniques as his spiritual predecessors? What are your thoughts/feelings on this new protagonist having a different fighting style? Are you open to the change? or would you prefer everything remain just the way it's been?

    Another huge part of the Assassin's Creed series is the way that the Assassins traverse the cities. This was also a big concern for gamers here at GIO. To quote a handful of users "What will there be for this new assassin to climb on? trees and mountains? Will the cities be dense enough for the assassin's to platform like they have before?". These are all excellent questions. How would you feel about Ubisoft ditching the platforming style they've used throughout four games for something new? Perhaps they've decided to bring back horse riding and focus more on distance rides rather than building to building platforming. Or maybe this new protagonist will in fact be climbing from mountain to mountain.

    Most importantly, fans of the series have become well accustomed to the faces of Desmond Miles,  Altair Ibn-La'Ahad, and last but most certainly not least Ezio Auditore da Firenze. After over 4 years of learning the past of these characters and reliving their memories, Ubisoft has delivered an impressive looking, nameless, new protagonist who is armed to the teeth with a bevy of new weapons. Going by the box art, he appears to be one ass kicking Native American. What are you thoughts on this new protagonist and his new arsenal of weaponry? What new possibilities does a bow and arrow and a tomahawk introduce? How do you feel about the possibility of no longer having access to the iconic hidden blade?

    Personally, I'm willing to allow this franchise to grow in whichever direction it needs to. I've always enjoyed the Assassin's Creed series to the fullest, even the less than stellar "Assassin's Creed:Revelations". I'm more than excited about the new protagonist and what his new skill set could introduce but, I am a little worried that with a lack of stealthy options the series could turn into "Warriors Creed". As long as Ubisoft can maintain what we as fans love about Assassins Creed, I'm all for a new direction. This of course all being speculation, what do you all think ?

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