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Pics from Edge 245 (October issue): Assassin’s Creed III article

Many critics has been frustrated by the momentum-breaking sequences involving Desmond Miles in the present day. Will ACIII react to that? “We have built this guy up over the course of the games” says Alex Hutchinson “and I really believe that we can pay that off, that in retrospective he’ll be terrific. I don’t think anyone liked Luke Skywalker in A New Hope, but by the end of his character arc this journey that he goes through makes him amazing. So we’re really trying to pay off the investment of the people who have been with the franchise since AC. In ACIII, we catch you up on where he’s been pretty quickly, and it absolutely works as a standalone game, but the full payoff will be for those who’ve been with us from the start.”

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White Actress Will Voice Assassin's Creed's Black Heroine 

When Assassin’s Creed III made its stunning debut a few months ago, Ubisoft proudly noted that they were using an actor with Native American heritage to bring new lead character Connor Kenway/Ratohnhaké:ton to life. In the game, Connor’s parents were of British and Mohawk descent and the casting of a performer who himself is half-Blackfoot felt like it made sense. Getting Noah Watts also adds much-needed diversity to the talent pool of people behind-the-scenes for video games, which is never a bad thing.

Then, the publisher announced Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for the PlayStation Vita, featuring a heroine born of a white French father and black African mother. It seemed pretty reasonable to expect that the person voicing the character would follow the Noah Watts/Connor example.

Turns out that’s not the case.

According to IMDB (and as confirmed by a source close to the game), Aveline de Grandpré will be voiced by someone from a very different background than the 18th Century assassin. That someone is Sarah Natochenny, a white actress and model perhaps most recognizable as the voice of Ash Ketchum in Pokémon cartoons. (Ash is male; gender differences between voice-actors and the characters they play iscommon.) There’s clearly a disparity between the way that Aveline looks and Natochenny’s appearance. And the difference between actress and character begs the question: is it a problem when voice performers don’t match the characters they play?

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Inside Assassin’s Creed III Part 2: Combat, Weapons and Tactics

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Alex Hutchinson Breaks Down Assassin’s Creed III’s Naval Warfare Trailer

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The Making of Assassin's Creed 

Patrice Désilets wanted to be an actor. In the early ’90s, the future creative director of Assassin’s Creed sat in classes at Collège Édouard-Montpetit in Quebec, Canada, and listened carefully to his teachers as they spoke about legendary ‘method’ guru Stanislavski, the Actors Studio and the difficulties of French speakers performing Shakespeare. One day, he decided he was wasting his time.

“I suddenly realised, at just the right time, that there were people more talented than myself,” the seasoned creative director, who now works for THQ, tells us in his mellow French-Canadian accent. So instead of stepping in front of the camera, he studied for a BA in film studies at the city’s prestigious university. And when the videogame industry beckoned, he joined Ubisoft. Little did he realise that the skills he’d honed on the stage would prove useful in his new job.

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Assassin's Creed Initiates - Is Ubisoft Gearing Up for a New Franchise Spin-Off? [RUMOR] 

Assassin’s Creed III publisher Ubisoft has recently purchased a series of domains related to the phrase “Assassin’s Creed: Initiates”, indicating that the company could already be looking toward their next franchise spin-off.

The full set of domains, a dozen in all, include URLS like: “assassinscreedinitiates.com”, “acinitiates.com” and “assassins-initiate.com,” according to Fusible.

It seems likely that Ubisoft is creating something called “Assassin’s Creed: Initiates”: The question is, will it be a video game, or something completely different? In addition to video games, Ubisoft has produced web series’, novels, and comics based on the franchise. A yet-to-be-titled AC film starring Promethius star Michael Fassbender is also in the works.

Ubisoft is currently producing two Assassin’s Creed games, Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, an ACIII spin-off for PS Vita, so it would seem they have their hands full. That said, the Assassin’s Creed franchise has become an annual series since Assassin’s Creed II was released in 2009. There’s been no word on what Ubisoft has in store for theAC franchise in 2013, but there’s a good chance there’s going to be something.

Art of the Assassin Traveling Art Gallery

To celebrate the upcoming launch of Assassin’s Creed® III, one of the most highly anticipated video games of the year, we are heading across the nation to celebrate with Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and New York.

We teamed up with the infamous DJ Skee, some of the most prolific, contemporary artists and Rock The Vote to bring AC3 fans a traveling, pop-up art exhibit inspired by the games’ setting – the American Revolutionary War.

Assassin's Creed III Naval Warfare Could Have Been a Spinoff 

Assassin’s Creed 3’s lead developer Alex Hutchinson says that the studio never anticipated how popular the naval battles would prove to be when they were first developing it.

The battles, he says, could’ve been spun off into an Assassin’s Creed game of their own had they known how popular they would be with the public.

“When we looked into it we realized too that no one had done third-person action-adventure sailing, you know in this period. So we’re like, great, it’s brand new; it’s probably too risky to do as it’s own game,” he said in a recent interview with Ausgamers.

“Although now I think it’s been successful enough that we probably underestimated it. But it felt like an appropriate and exciting risk to take.”

A large portion of the game will take place at sea, with the game’s protagonist Connor commandeering a seaworthy vessel of his very own.

“When we looked at the history of this period of America we realized that sailing ships were so important. It’s how you arrived there if you were foreign, it’s how all imported goods arrived there,” he said.

“The French fleet at Yorktown basically blockaded the port; stopped the import. Stopped the British resupplying their soldiers, which leads directly to the surrender of the British in the American Revolution. So it was part of the history of the time and the history of the Revolution. And once we got that we thought, well it’s really something we should do.”

Assassin’s Creed 3 will be out for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in October with a PC version planned for a November release.