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Desmond's Role Put Into Perspective

Ubisoft is well aware of the lukewarm fan response that Desmond has garnered in the Assassin's Creed series. The game's creative director says that by the end of Assassin's Creed III, those same players could very well change their opinions. If you haven't yet formed an opinion on the character, Ubisoft has released a new trailer that chronicles Desmond's journey throughout the series.

“The story of Assassin’s Creed, AC II, Brotherhood and Revelations was to build Desmond up,” creative director Alex Hutchinson told Edge. “He’s this guy who’s a bit of a nobody when it starts out, and gets new abilities through reliving the lives of his ancestors.

“So we’ve built this guy up over the course of the games, and I really believe that we can pay that off, and in retrospect he’ll be terrific. I don’t think anyone really liked Luke Skywalker in [Star Wars] A New Hope, but by the end of his character arc, this journey that he goes through, makes him amazing.”

One thing's for sure: Players will be able to pick up the game on October 30 and make up their own minds.

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  • Is it me or the CG looks terrible?
  • Pretty nice recap of the general story of the series.

  • Can't wait for my Collector's Edition.

  • I've always really enjoyed finding out more about desmond. I hope there are some cool playable sections with him


  • I am so ready for this, I've always enjoyed Desmond's sections of the games and this should be the pay off we've all been waiting for...

  • I will have all the lights off in my house so those meddling kids won't bother me for candy! As I scalp those British bastards! Wait, can you scalp them? He is an Apache or some other cool Indian Tribe.. That'll be cool if you can! Even if it is too brutal to watch.
  • This trailer had subtitles on, unlike any of the others, but like the cutscenes in the game. Could this be the opening sequence/cutscene???
  • I've always enjoyed Desmond's story arc to this point (I haven't finished AC:Revelations yet though). It drove me nuts through most of the series thinking "OK, so when does Desmond finally get into Lucy's Pants?" While that idea was eventually... quashed, I still really enjoy getting to know him better as a character. Can't wait for more.
  • desmonds hood looks awkward to wear.
  • Not long now!

  • He looks different in each game.

  • Great video. Only irritation comes from the fact that I cannot pick up the game on October 30. Because the PC version doesn't come out until late November. Gotta love Ubisoft. And does anyone happen to know if PC is getting ANY Pre-order bonuses (I mean aside from 10% off a hidden blade at Gamestop)?
  • Personally, these games have always been more about being a badass assassin in olden times than about the present day situation

  • What?Well I for one paid attention to Desmond the most!He is the Animus driver!There are beings that are talking to him and teaching him across time!At the end of Revelations Ezio knew that his life was important to the men called Desmond!When AC1 ended and you see Desmond acquired the Eagle Eye I was like he learned from Altair and I wonder what else did he learn in the Animus.Man!Now look!AC is awesome!

  • I rather like Desmond. Just wish he was a more important character than a vessel for the majority of gameplay.

  • Meh, not really interested in Desmond, I liked the idea that the story was originally selling. That the Templar's were going to cause the cataclysm, that would have simply left it to Desmond to merely finish things off. But when they started bringing the ancient civilization and a natural disaster, it started to dilute the purpose of the ancestors and the struggle against the Templar's. And Desmond is the least interesting character, the ancestors are far more interesting.  

  • I really hated the way Desmond looked in revelations. Especially when flashbacks showed off the better and cooler Desmond from II and Brotherhood. Now it looks like they have re de designed him yet again. I hate continuity breaks like this. Personally I don't think the series needs him or the Animus at all. The story would be far less convoluted if Altair, Ezio, and Connor simply had their own stories.
  • i only played AC 2, i never played the others, i'll still be getting the 3rd one. been playing other games that I can't catch up on some games :( so not sure what the whole idea between desmond is.
  • I never did particularly like Desmond, but I think I'd like to think I will by the end of 3.