Assassin's Creed 3 writer: 'Slavery deserves attention'

Latest series entry will tackle the issue head on "with utmost respect"

Ubisoft has vowed to tackle the sensitive subject matter of slavery that comes with Assassin's Creed 3's American Revolution setting head on.


Assassin's Creed 3 writer Matt Rurnerhas told OPM UK: "It's something we've been very aware of. Everybody had slaves at that point; the first groups who rallied around emancipation didn't come around until 1787 - largely driven by Benjamin Franklin funnily enough. That was very much after our game and slavery was maintained in culture."

Since the clash between Assassin's and Templars is the main focus of the series it would be easy to sidestep the issue - and no doubt appease publishers, marketers and PR in the process - by pushing it to the periphery to focus on the central theme, but Assassin's Creed 3's makers intend to tackle it prudently.

"We feel that kind of a subject deserves a certain amount attention because it's so serious and it needs to be treated with utmost respect," said Rurnerhas. "We're definitely not going to shy away from it in terms of not showing it.

"We're going to focus on telling it like it was, we're going to show what was there and what people did in that time but we want to be careful with how that's covered and how much of it is there. It's an important topic. We won't be afraid to show that it's there but we're not going make it the focus of our game."

AC3 creative director Alex Hutchinson has said the dev team wanted 'a character with more depth' this time round, and protagonist Connor's opportunity to explore the issue of slavery could certainly go a long way towards fulfilling that goal.