Assassin’s Creed, the video game franchise that pits an assassin fighting for freedom, has chosen the American Revolution of 1776 as the backdrop for the latest epic battle. Set for release on October 30, 2012–just in time for the 2012 presidential election–Assassin’s Creed III features protagonist Connor, born to Mohawk and British parents, beginning his quest during the French and Indian War.
In the leaked trailer for Assassin’s Creed III, George Washington calls upon the colonists to take up arms for their fight against tyranny: “The time is now near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, resolved to conquer–or die.”
According to IGN, the cover image “clearly features Native American influences, including a bow and arrow, headdress and necklace. The character is also wearing cowskin boots and holding what appears to be a Revolutionary pistol.” See the trailer here:
Already the comments on the Youtube trailer are taking a more political bent than usual gamers talk; for example, one user placed the following comment on the thread:
@Heyes00 the thing is: the taxes went to britain, they were paying taxes that didnt even go to their country and didnt make their lives any easier. plus its just a game, do you know how many games had russia as the bad guys? but when in a game where you fight british its a huge deal. i realize that america started with britain but the british treated the colonists like any other colony in their empire. they felt they had no rights so they rebelled hoping for freedom like anyone would
PC Magazine suggests that Connor will fight alongside America’s greatest heroes in his battle, reporting that “Ubisoft hasn’t released many details about the plot of Assassin’s Creed III, but the art and the trailer suggest that this character is in cahoots with the likes of George Washington, Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin, and other luminaries of the American Revolution.”
The evidence for this American setting is documented by Oxcgn.com here, where they surmise that the snowy winter landscape at Valley Forge could feature prominently.
The timing on the release should have many worried–particularly on the Left–that an American public could be reenergized into fighting the forces of government oppression, especially at the ballot boxes. The Left, and Barack Obama in particular, have stayed far away from references to the American Revolution, so the release of Assassin’s Creed III might have them wondering what the video game producers are up to.