Assassin's Creed 3 Wii U details, Red Dead Redemption inspiration, and why no female leads
The Wii U version will use the tablet controller as a map and as part of a special "Eagle Vision" camera system.
Red Dead Redemption played a huge inspiration for the exploration and hunting aspect of Assassin's Creed 3.
Ubisoft had planned for an Assassin's Creed game to have the lead character be female but decided against it for AC 3 due to the historic era of the game.
Editor's Note: Since this is the Assassin's Creed mega post dreams are made of I wanted to add one more bit of information. The PC version is coming, but won't be the WASD/Mouse experience users might long for. Instead it is being optimized for gamepad. Alex Hutchinson mentions "I don't see us investing hugely in a mouse and keyboard setup. I think if you want to play on PC and you want to play Assassin's Creed, you have a controller." This isn't exactly a new thing, but it still is disheartening.
In regards to the Wii U version, Nintendo Power reported the tablet will act as a map; hold all the database entries unlocked in the game, and act as a quick select system for weapons and fire/melee modes. Also revealed was an exclusive "Eagle Vision" which uses the accelerometer to control the camera although no other details were revealed regarding the mode.
Some of the inspiration for the wildlife and hunting aspects for Assassin's Creed III was due to Red Dead Redemption. The original plans for exploration and hunting was very similar to Red Dead Redemption but once RDR was released, Ubisoft decided to change their plans and tweak their system to be what they call an "improved Red Dead Redemption".
Ubisoft also considered having a female character be the lead character in Assassin's Creed 3 but decided against it once the decision was made to use the Revolutionary Era as the setting. The official reason was them considering the Revolutionary Era as only a "man's world".
Historically there were some important women involved in the Revolutionary War but none would have fit with how Ubisoft wanted to make the game. Hutchinson said that the idea of a female assassin was "always up in the air" and that "lots of people want it," but the time period makes it too difficult... "It felt like, if you had all these men in every scene and (a female assassin is) secretly, stealthily in crowds of dudes, it starts to feel kind of wrong. People would stop believing it,” he said.
That's not what was being said. It would be hard for a woman to blend into a crowd of men, plain and simple. Nobody ever said it was "wrong" for a female to be an assassin, it just wouldn't make sense for the historical setting since it was mostly men out and about, which means that it would mostly be men in crowds you can blend with. A woman would stick out like a sore thumb. Speaking of, how did the assassins of old blend in with those robes?
so what, women being an assassin is wrong but an apple can kill everyone on the screen is an okay ?
You say that, but the Assassins Creed games have always looked better on PC than consoles. Better res textures, 60fps, etc. And keyboard+mouse controls were always horrid for any third person game, let alone past Assassins Creed games.
well the keybord is THE most ankward way to control a console game, I`m gonna surely buy AC3 for the WII U.
Yeah That`s what I was saying all along, I don`t see why PC elitists still say that the keyboard is a great controller. it`s just not...
When I play AC on PC, I change the controls to arrow keys, high profile to shift and the action keys to their initials. It seems awkward but it's easy to remember.
I'd also like to contact that Turner person and say, "you're not fooling anyone"
I dunno, I've played and beaten all the AC games (with the exception of ACR Which I am currently playing) using the mouse and keyboard, and I find it just fine to play with. Then again, I'm a gigantic PC Enthusiast.
Anyone know how to contact this Alex Hutchinson character so I can tell him that he's an idiot.
It would be this generation's Metroid!
The biggest point against that though is that a woman blending into a crowd of guys stands out. It's hard to have boobs and be an assassin in a primarily male setting. I agree that it would be baddass, but the games are going back to historical accuracy
The other games in the series used a mouse and keyboard setup but sounds a lot like Ubisoft is going the "lazy" route with the PC version. Can't really blame them in favoring the console versions since those sell a lot more than the PC version. Even the Wii U version is getting some special attention for development.
Feel free to prove me wrong, but I just don't see how WASD + Mouse is practical for a third person action/adventure game. It makes perfect sense for FPSs with the mouse's high sensitivity while still managing precision for aiming. I haven't played too many none FPS games on a PC and none of them have required controls like the AC series.
On 360, you have to hold the Right Trigger to do high profile actions with the four face buttons. On a PC I guess holding M1 or M2 then using other keys, but that seems like it would cut your reaction time with WASD because the same fingers will be doing other things. Weapon wheels would be easier on a PC I guess.
Ugh I would've actually purchased the game if the lead was female. Yeah, its a "man's world", imagine the looks on peoples faces right before they die and they see it was a woman who bested them.
I don't really care whether I have a male or female lead. I prefer both, like Mass Effect, but I'm fine with either as long as they fit the game. Like, you wouldn't make Joan of Arc a man. And you wouldn't make a woman an assassin in revolutionary times. That's fine.
Yeah, but we known feminists and sensitive gamers alike are going to raise some kind of uproar, although I can't blame them. They can't blame Ubisoft either though for making things historically accurate like they should.
It's painfully obvious that Ubisoft doesn't care about the PC versions of their games given their track record.
they could have had it so she faked being a Man, for example one of the Men riding on the Boat in the Famous "Crossing of the Delaware" Painting? Yeah in that Same boat one of the Men in the back was a Woman who served with Washington's Unit IIRC in other words she was kinda like Mulan except her Fathers honer wasn't involved.
yea this specific timeline is not the best scenario for a female assassin but i have to wonder are they going to keep moving forward or are do they plan to go back
Hmmmmm.... I sense a disturbance in the feminism force. I gotta agree with Ubisoft though. If a game is going to be historically accurate, it HAS to be historically accurate. Flaws and all for the era.