Wednesday is July 4, the day Americans set aside to celebrate their independence by shooting fireworks made in China and eating hamburgers prepared in Canada. To commemorate the occasion, Ubisoft has released a new trailer for Assassin's Creed III. It's fitting to an extent since the protagonist kills plenty of Redcoats in the name of freedom from the Templars.
For those hoping for more details from the latest trailer, you're out of luck unfortunately. It's another montage showing a battle during the War for Independence with both sides taking heavy casualties. The game still has the "America F*ck Yeah!" motif that has many European gamers concerned that the game won't play it straight with Connor only killing Redcoats. Ubisoft has promised that Connor isn't picking sides, but all the trailers so far, including this one, seems to firmly place him in the American camp.
That being said, the YouTube comments are always a great source of humor with Europeans arguing back and forth about the game. It's especially funny seeing non-Brits finding offense when the game doesn't even involve their country. There are some people who can see through the hoo-rah and see that it is just a game:
Damn it fellow Europeans! I'm Belgian and I'm very happy this game is set in America! It's just a game... The American history is extraordinary good for a new AC game. Yes, you'll have to kill Britains, so what? IT'S JUST A FIRETRUCKING GAME. Would you hate on the Crysis-game series, on the newcoming Watch Dogs or on the movie 'The Avengers' just because it is set in New York? Come on, grow up.
In other news, Ubisoft took the holiday as an excuse to announce the Limited Edition for Assassin's Creed III. It was already a given that there would be some kind of Collector's Edition, but the details had been scarce until now. It seems that those who are willing to drop $119.99 will get an Assassin's Creed-inspired colonial American flag, a 9-inch Connor statue and a belt buckle.
The publisher will also release a special PC-only Digital Deluxe Edition for $64.99 that includes a notebook telling "George Washington's true story," three single-player missions, two in-game outfits and the soundtrack. For the price, that's not bad at all.
Assassin's Creed III is still scheduled to launch on October 30 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. There have been rumors that the PC launch will be delayed by a month... again. While Ubisoft has never been upfront about their PC delays, the general consensus is that they want to capture the players that just can't wait. Most PC gamers also own a console so they might buy the console version at a premium first instead of waiting for the price-reduced PC version a month later.
Either way, Assassin's Creed III looks great, no matter what console you own it on. We'll be counting the minutes until we can get our revolution on. It's sure to be a fun ride.