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Assassin's Creed 3 'aiming to look next-gen' on 360, PS3 - Ubisoft

Publisher talks up "revolutionary" AnvilNext engine

Assassin's Creed 3 is aiming to "look next-gen" on current-gen consoles with the help of Ubisoft Montreal's "revolutionary" new game engine, the studio's said.


Assassin's Creed 3 - which saw its first trailer released today - is powered by 'AnvilNext', which Ubisoft describes as "a revolutionary new game engine" capable of rendering thousand-man battles.

The core engineering team behind Assassin's Creed 2 immediately broke off to start work on the tech, says Ubi, and it's not being shy on its ambitions for what the engine can do...

"It's a scary thing to say, but I think the goal was to look next-gen on current-gen," creative director Alex Hutchinson told Game Informer in its latest issue.

He added that Ubisoft Montral is trying to reach new fans with Assassin's Creed 3, while delivering the elements that long-time fans cherish

"We have this goal to do something completely new, but still remain true to the franchise," he said. "People want that familiarity, but also something radically new. So we have the familiar pillars of fighting, navigation, and social stealth, but brand new environments and brand new ways to use them and extend them."

The first Assassin's Creed 3 gameplay details emerged last week via US magazine Game Informer, along with four leaked screenshots.