Assassin’s Creed III hints point to American Revolution

Thursday, 1st March 2012 01:31 GMT By Staff

A purportedly leaked image of Assassin’s Creed III’s protagonist adds weight to its rumoured setting during the American Revolution.

Kotaku has a photo it received from a Best Buy employee, which is claimed to show a promotional image of Assassin’s Creed III’s lead character.

A historical version of the US flag and military jacket tie in with earlier rumours of an American Revolution setting.

Kotaku speculates that the character’s weapons – a bow and quiver – and jewellery suggests he may be a Native American, adding that out of shot, the character is carrying a tomahawk.

Ubisoft revealed via the Assassin’s Creed Facebook page that a major announcement is due very soon; the page’s makeover was echoed and Liked by one Julián Auditore. It’s not clear whether this page’s many references to the franchise are a fan effort or a marketing move.

Kotaku translated the fragment of Arabic on the page as “I am not a bird”, a possible reference to original series protagonist Altair, whose name means “bird”. Julián’s fondness for Lady Gaga and Daft Punk suggests he might not be legit – but then again, perhaps he’s a new modern-day character, replacing Desmond Miles.

Looks like the game will also be the next cover for the new Game Informer, with a leaked banner from the magazine’s site showing never-before seen art to promote the behind-the-scenes hub for its month-long coverage (thanks, @TaleSpun).

Assassin’s Creed III is due on major platforms in October.

[Original story by Brenna Hillier, updates by Johnny Cullen]



  1. YoungZer0

    Looks fucking stupid.

    If this is real then count me out. From all the possible setting they chose the most boring one.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    I don’t see anything boring about the American revolution, but in terms of Ubisoft being able to turn it into a good story… I doubt it.

    The indian thing looks pretty tacky though. Plus they sided with the British.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Yoshi

    Very disappointing, I thought they would have went the China/Japan route of the samurai. Makes so much more sense than American Revolution, and with the American Revolution setting you know we’re going to get annoying Americans thinking they’re the best and that they know everything (see black ops ending for more)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Colin Gallacher

    I am intrigued.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Night Hunter

    Please no. Not because I’ve got anything against Americans or something, but the American cities at the time can’t really be considered grand in scale ;)

    A city with a population of 25000 wouldn’t really be all that impressive …

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Valkryst12

    Aw damn, I was hoping for Victorian England … That would’ve been wild!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    @2: Compared to Victorian England or during the Russian Revolution? Yes, very boring.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. m2stech

    I think the whole parkour and climbing portion of the game is going to be removed as climbing natives’ tents and other short building doesn’t make any sense!

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DarkElfa

    That flag didn’t get designed and made until a year or so after the war, so post revolution.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. xpret

    If it’s set during “the American revolution”, i’mma kill myself… So. Utterly. Boring. It. Can’t. Be. True.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Johnny Cullen

    Updated. Sounds like it’s going to be legit and be announced as Game Informer’s next cover.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. revolting

    Although I definitely agree that this is a fairly disappointing turn of events, it does kind of make sense that they need to move the struggle to America sooner or later, because so far there’s been no other reason for Abstergo and the present day Assassins to be based there. It’s a shame, but also kind of inevitable.

    Still, it could turn out to be interesting. I personally thought the move to Italian nobility was going to be terrible, and yet it turned out to be awesome. Wherever it ends up, I need to see how the story continues to unfold.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Edo

    Need to see more before bitching(call me crazy)about the the game I haven’t played yet.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. LOLshock94

    Any chance this game could be set in new york, around the AR time?
    Victorian time were the assassin is guy fawkes would be awesome.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Guy Fawkes was a couple of hundred years before Victorian England…

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DarkElfa

    I did kind of want to see a Victorian Steam Punk Assassin.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. triggerhappy

    This setting does NOTHING for me. As someone said above, out of all the settings availible to choose from they chose the most boring. If this is for real and it really has been in development since ACII then there could be some MAJOR gameplay changes. Mabey they have done away with all the climbing, running and jumping for a more open world, flatter, fields and forrests kind of thing… does this sound right though?? I don’t think it does, it sounds boring. Im really hoping this is some kind of elaborate troll.

    Can anyone enlighten me as what american cities were like at this time? If the main character is infact native american mabey the whole game is about him going on some sort of life changing journey that takes him away from his normal surroundings to the more built up towns and cities to get some stabbing action on…


    #17 3 years ago
  18. Zana

    Old World settings are so much more interesting for games about conspiracy like this one. I’m really disappointed by the news, but still very curious about the game anyway.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Moonwalker1982

    People let’s not judge anything yet, let’s not forget that AC was in need of some serious change. Cause i don’t know about you, but i was getting pretty tired of the same old bullshit in Brotherhood and Revelations now. ACII is where it’s at for me! Hopefully we’ll have the announcement by monday.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Petulant Radish

    @9, no it wasn’t, the Betsy Ross, as it’s known, was designed in 1776 (according to common belief, though it is disputed) and in common use from 1777, the American War of Independance ended in 1781.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. ManuOtaku

    I will wait to play the game in order to tell if this is a bad move or not, i think if its handle good it can turn really great, i think that ubisoft will not throw the parkour element out of AC just becuase there are not that many big city in U.S at that time, there are multiple natural enviroments on the U.S for great climbing and parkour moves IMHO.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. LOLshock94

    @15 Don’t care, had sex.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Your hand does not count ;-)

    #23 3 years ago
  24. LOLshock94

    @23 HAHAHAHAHAHA you mean cunt

    #24 3 years ago
  25. DSB

    @7 That’s not really saying anything, and given that the Russian revolution is part of the last century, that’s quite a jump in time.

    Given that it’s set during the American revolution, there’s no reason why it couldn’t contain Georgian era British or French cities in Europe though.

    I don’t see what’s boring about it. The US and French revolutions were the final battles for liberty and democracy as we know it today. I can’t think of two more important events from the last millennium.

    @17 I actually looked that up when the rumor first came up, here are a few maps:

    New York:



    I doubt he’s gonna be native American. That would really be quite stupid.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Da Man


    #26 3 years ago
  27. joshua nash

    i just had a thought what if the game starts out in america but then moves to some other location, sort of like how ACII start on in the Florence and the tuscan country side then transitioned to venice, so maybe ACIII starts out in america then tranisitions to some place else, looking at wikipedia the America revolution started in 1775 and ended in 1783 with the help of the french, and the french revolution started in 1789 and ended in 1799, the reason i talk about the french revolution is that in brotherhood at the end they’re were those symbol and shaun was going to say that they only appear together in the…..and then piece of eden “assumes direct control” over desmond and murders lucy, a few people have said that those symbols were all seen together during the french revolution, so a few people theorized that ACIII would be during the french revolution, so maybe the American revolution is at the start of the game and by the end of the game we will be involved with the French revolution

    #27 3 years ago
  28. TheWulf


    Because classing all tribal nations as one race by the actions of some is a completely fair way to depict things. You really should know better than that. I’m sorry, but you should. That just came over as tremendously xenophobic.

    You may find this worth a read.


    Agreed. There are definitely better settings than this, this one is a bit dull compared to some of the eras they could have visited with the storyline. It may seem a little interesting, but when you consider some of the really exciting possibilities… it just pales by comparison.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. OrbitMonkey

    I’m kinda confused by all the “it should have been Japan!” moaning. I’m a little rusty on Templar mythology, but has it ANY connection to Japan? No?

    Oh it’s just a lot if Tenchu fanboys wanting to prance about in ninja pants then.

    P.s. Considering the Assasins Creed cash cow will be milked for a few years yet, it’s worth considering that it’s doubtless sequels may very well be set in your locale of choice….

    #29 3 years ago
  30. DSB

    @28 I don’t recall making any sort of statement on native american race, and my claim is not just a matter of record, but fully supported by your own random google pick, by the way.

    You certainly have a right to be as hysterical and histrionic as you want to be, based on whatever it is you think you know, or you think I said, but let’s just agree that your little attempt at melodrama here, was more than a little forced.

    In case you couldn’t be bothered to read your own link, here are a couple of selections:

    “… in May 1776, a delegation from the north composed of Shawnees, Delawares, and Mohawks, arrived among the Cherokees and convinced them to take up the tomahawk against the encroaching Americans. Devastation soon followed on the frontier. The response of the southern colonies was similar to that in the North. Devastating strikes were made by American armies against the Cherokees. Like the Iroquois, the Cherokees chose to let their country be ravaged rather than attempt to engage the American columns in pitched battles. Instead, they retired further west and watched the colonial soldiers destroy their crops and houses. Like the Iroquois, though to a lesser degree, the Cherokees were riven by factional strife on how best to confront the deteriorating situation.”

    “In their succeeding negotiations with the Indians, the Americans attempted to convince the Indians that by choosing the losing side in the struggle they had lost all their rights. They asserted that the Indians were a conquered people. James Duane in 1784 advised the governor of New York not to treat with the Iroquois as equals, saying that “I would never suffer the word ‘nation’ or ‘six nations’ or ‘confederates,’ or ‘council fire at Onondago’ or any other form which would revive or seem to confirm their former ideas of independence they should rather be taught that the public opinion of their importance has long since ceased.”

    For the record my significant other is native american. Your claim is about as offensive as it is farfetched and idiotic.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. triggerhappy

    @ DSB: Yeh i don’t know what he’s going on about either, i looked at your comment and theres nothing wrong with it.

    #31 3 years ago

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