Ubisoft Montreal: Why America for AC3?
Posted: 28.09.2012 17:30 by TheDinger Comments: 5
At the Eurogamer Expo today Alex Hutchinson and Jonathan Cooper from Ubisoft Montreal answered the question on the lips of every fan of Russia or Japan: 'why America?'

"In looking for a suitable setting for AC we look for times that have been a turning point in history, and a time and place most gamers haven't been," explained Alex. "Many gamers have been to America, but not in the 18th century."

The pair talked about the themes of the American Revolution and how they synced perfectly with those of the Assassin/Templar feud - liberty or death, power vs slavery, control vs freedom. They had also noted that players liked interacting with Leonardo da Vinci in previous games because he was a known name, and the revolution offered plenty of those.

It was also important, as they explained, to make Connor be stuck in the middle - not king & country, not Mel Gibson from The Patriot. So a Native American was chosen. (they also noted how difficult it was to find a Native American actor who hadn't been in Twilight) They finally noted to the very British audience that AC3 was not about the Revolution, it was merely as a backdrop to their own story, and that everyone is actually British in the game "until the end" - perhaps hinting the game will finish on July 4th perhaps?
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By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Sep 28, 2012
"Many gamers have been to America" uhhh no we haven`t :) in fact i think not even a quarter of all gamers have ever been in the US.I do agree that the American Revolution was a big turning point in history but there are in my opinion better options,i still believe this decision was made to cater towards the american public and that i do not like.
By The_Tingler (SI Core) on Sep 28, 2012
He meant in games, dan! Don't judge me too harshly on the writing of this post, it was written on an iPhone with my smudgy, tired fingers. :P

Nevertheless, I still kinda agree - because the US press just had a preview session in Boston (the actual city) with a mission that included all the founding fathers. Furthermore, I played a mission in the game where Connor massacred an entire camp of British soldiers purely to get a scrap of paper that they didn't have anything to do with or knew anything about. I'm going to be watching this one very closely.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Sep 29, 2012
If the game turns out to be too much one sided it will have to affect the scores a bit, and that should be punishment enough.

Actually even if it doesn't affect the scores at all i'm sure there will be plenty of people that will choose to skip the game for that reason or at least wait for it to become cheap.
By darranged (SI Newbie) on Sep 29, 2012
Would you people finally just embrace the fact that America (which of course means the US because, who else really matters around here, Canada? omg rofl) is not only the point at which the Earth revolves around, but the entire universe. The sooner you do the happier you will be.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Sep 29, 2012
It is true that most of the Western, and Eastern for that mater, world(s) have been exposed for decades to American culture, atitudes and history through television mainly so I think this is a fair comment.
I dam a bit biased as I developed a keen interest in the American Revolutionary and Civil War periods many years ago and only the other day picked up a novel based on the 7 year war preceding the Revlution. Also picked up "Battle Cry of Freedom" while I was at it.
I have my American History shelf, European (general), NApoleonic Wars, the American Civil War, World War I, II, the Soviet Union, The Middle many libraries litter my home:)