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Assassin's Creed 3 trailer - Dissected

We dig through the CG trailer's stash of secrets and clues...

Have you read the first Assassin's Creed 3 game details?

No wrist-blade? Fake George Washington? Female assassins? The Assassin's Creed 3 announcement trailer is full of awesome CG, which appears to tell a simple story of new hero Connor killing off a few British soldiers and watching a battle.

Look a little deeper, though, and it not only provokes a whole series of questions about the game, it also offers up clues about combat, story, character progression, weaponry, historical context and so much more. Rewatch the trailer here, then read on for CVG's analysis below...

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If only there was some clue in this opening scene as to where and when the game will be set. Oh, there it is. So, 1777... It's the middle of the US Revolutionary War, and the Mohawk valley (upstate New York) is at the heart of the conflict. Interestingly, the modern portion of AC3 will also take place in upstate New York (it's the location shown at the end of Revelations) indicating a much stronger link between the Desmond and - new historical hero - Connor sections.

One more note on the timeline - Assassin's Creed 3 takes place between 1753 and 1783, so this vignette is torn from the middle of the game. Sounds obvious, but expect Connor to have his younger and older years, just like Assassin's 2. Here, he's mid-life...

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Enemies? Obviously it's the British, as they're the bad guys in just about everything. Ubisoft have gone on record to say "not all English are evil" in Assassin's 3, but they're certainly the baddies here.

Images fade into Animus style wire-frame renders. It's an obvious point, but it lets us know that we'll be playing as Desmond, plugged into the Animus (the new Animus 3.0 no less). At least at the start... Don't forget, Desmond is growing increasingly closer to his ancestors via the bleeding effect. Will he need the Animus to finish his time as Connor at all?

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Flashback to the previous night, and enter our hero, Connor. Interestingly, Connor is half British (his father is an Englishman), so his loyalties will be divided between not only his tribe and his parents, but also the two factions at war - the British Loyalists and the American Patriots.

Connor uses two weapons at once (he's basically Daniel Day Lewis in Last of the Mohicans). Note how his Tomahawk has the Assassin symbol in the blade. That means it's likely to be a family heirloom, and - given that his mother is the Native Indian - does that mean she was the Assassin before Connor? A female assassin you say? Hmmm...

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This flashback shows off some of the combat. Ubisoft have said it'll be focused on attack (not defence and counter-kills) and the CG certainly suggests that. It's likely to follow similar button-prompts to Assassin's 2, Brotherhood and Revelations. Ubi have also said that you can chain kills and perform double-counters, a little like Batman Arkham City.

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