Assassin’s Creed 3: “Following Ezio is going to be a challenge,” says Hutchinson

Tuesday, 6 November 2012 14:16 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Assassin’s Creed 3 contains a less “flamboyant” assassin this time out, and while Connor may be more “straight laced” than Ezio, director Alex Hutchinson feels he’s just as cool.

Speaking with OPM, the game’s director said no matter which assassin the team chose, following Ezio was going to be a “challenge.”

“[Ezio’s] so iconic, he’s over-the-top, he’s funny, he’s a juicy character to dig into,” said Hutchinson. “We just wanted to create someone who could stand up against the other two Assassins. Yes, [Connor] is a little bit more strait-laced, but it’s the story of his whole life. We really hope people get a kick out of him.

“We spent a lot of time working on this Assassin, trying to make someone who was compelling to people and seemed like a cool person to be. The fact that responses have been positive – we’ve already seen cosplaying and fan art – and people seem to really have adopted him, which was really satisfying.

“When you haven’t shown the new guy, you’re always worried that people won’t embrace him as they did with Ezio before. Overall, just the sheer excitement we’ve generated on a game that comes out once a year has been so rewarding. It’s tough for us. If something comes out once a year, people potentially get tired of it and we work on it every day. Getting people this excited has been really rewarding.”

Assassin’s Creed 3 is in stores now, as is Liberation, the Vita version of the game starring a the series’ first female protagonist.

The game will be released on Wii U November 18 in the US and November 30 in Europe.