The Hidden History of Assassin's Creed III

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Following a <a target="_blank" href="http://ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1219745p1.html" target="_blank">leaked image</a> of Assassin's Creed III's main character, Ubisoft unveiled <a target="_blank" href="http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/121/1219789p1.html" target="_blank">the box art for the game</a> earlier today. While the image doesn't seem to reveal much at first glance, it actually provides a great deal of information about Assassin's Creed III's setting and main character. <br/><br/><iframe width="468" height="268" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/k69ZeLUGCm8" frameborder="0" ></iframe><center><b>We Break Down the First Images of Assassin's Creed III</center></b><br/><br/>First, we know that the character pictured is a new protagonist for the Assassin's Creed series. Ubisoft <a target="_blank" href="http://ps3.ign.com/articles/119/1197894p1.html" target="_blank">previously confirmed</a> that Ezio and Altair's history was concluded in Assassin's Creed Revelations but that this year's game would conclude Desmond's story. That means that the character seen here is still an ancestor of Desmond's and will be the character we play as via the Animus. Today, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2012/03/01/april-cover-revealed-assassin-39-s-creed-iii.aspx" target="_blank">Game Informer</a> has also revealed its new cover, which includes an even better look at the character. <br/><br/><img src="http://ps3media.ign.com/ps3/image/article/121/1219827/01-all3_1330641261.jpg" /><br/>The three heroes of Assassin's Creed.<br/><br/><br/><br/>The yet-unnamed character features various Native American-influenced clothing and weapons. The typical triangle-shaped hood worn by Altair and Ezio has now been replaced by a crest with the image of a bird reminiscent of Native American imagery. It's worth noting that Eagles have been significant throughout the Assassin's Creed franchise, and the Bald Eagle is famously a symbol of America. The character also bears armbands made of beads and carries both a tomahawk and bow & arrows.<br/><br/><center><img src="http://ps3media.ign.com/ps3/image/article/121/1219827/02-flag_1330641283.jpg" /><br/>The American flag as of June 1777.<br/><br/></center><br/><br/>The images also confirm that the game is set during the Revolutionary War, a setting fans <a target="_blank" href="http://pc.ign.com/articles/116/1166536p1.html" target="_blank">have been requesting for years</a>. Three primary flags were used during the American Revolution &#x2013; a "Don't Tread on Me" flag, a flag with a Union Jack and a thirteen-star flag which was used after 1777. This suggests that a significant element of Assassin's Creed III will take place in the middle of the Revolutionary War, and specifically between 1777 and 1778. <br/><br/><img src="http://ps3media.ign.com/ps3/image/article/121/1219827/03-back_1330641308.jpg" /><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>Game Informer's back cover features an officer with a tri-cornered hat. The yellow and red stripes on his shoulder pads as well as the cockade on his hat indicate that this man is an American officer, and while the image is obscured, it's quite possibly George Washington himself. <br/><br/>Assassin's Creed III is set to hit Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC <a target="_blank" href="http://ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1218767p1.html" target="_blank">on October 30th</a>. Ubisoft has said that <a target="_blank" href="http://ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1219678p1.html" target="_blank">a major announcement will be revealed in the coming days</a>, and the game's <a target="_blank" href="http://assassinscreed.com" target="_blank">official site</a> currently features a countdown.<br/><br/>Check back to IGN.com on March 5th at 8:30 a.m. PST as we build to the debut of Assassin's Creed III's first trailer. Expect plenty of new details.<br/><br/><DIV CLASS="IGNE_divider"></DIV><br/><br/>Colin Moriarty is an Editor on IGN's PlayStation team. He holds a degree in History. You can <a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/notaxation" target="_blank">follow him on Twitter</a>.<br/><br/>Andrew Goldfarb is an associate editor on IGN's news & features team. You can <a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/garfep" target="_blank">follow him on Twitter</a>, too.<br><br><LINK REL="stylesheet" HREF="http://guidesmedia.ign.com/guides/uni/IGNE_style.css" TYPE="text/css"><br/><br/>&#169;2012-03-01, IGN Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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