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America's bloody eight-year Revolutionary War might seem like an unlikely choice for an Assassin's Creed game, but we think it's a stroke of genius. This was a time period full of epic battles, political intrigue, legendary generals, and awesome powdered wigs.
With the exception of a few obscure PC strategy games, 18th Century America, and the birth of the world's biggest superpower, is an untapped well of compelling, and violent, history. You could argue that this is, in fact, the reason Ubisoft decided to set the game here in the first place; simply because it hasn't been done before in a big budget game.
But we think there's more to it than that. For example...
1. MASSIVE BATTLES
Assassin's Creed has always been about hiding in plain sight. You don't kill your target when they're alone, then slip away into the shadows: you do it in broad daylight in front of large groups of people. That's how the Assassins roll.
Ubisoft's impressive-sounding AnvilNext engine allegedly allows a thousand characters to appear on screen at once, which can mean only one thing: battles on a huge scale.
Imagine, for example, your target is actually a soldier, or commander, in the midst of a raging battle, and you have to fight your way in, take him out, then escape unnoticed. This would give the series' familiar stealth mechanics a whole new edge, and look incredible to boot.
Some famous battles the developers could recreate include the Battle of Bunker Hill, where 5,000 soldiers clashed near Charlestown, Massachusetts. This battle was famous for spawning the phrase, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" Or the Siege of Boston, in which a 16,000 strong army led by George Washington drove the British out of the city.
2. LEGENDARY HISTORICAL FIGURES
George Washington, the most famous general of the American Revolution, and the first U.S. President, is already confirmed to be in the game. That's one of the best things about the Assassin's Creed series: how the story is tied into real history, and how we get to interact with famous historical figures. So who else will we see in the third game?
We may also get to meet Benjamin Franklin, one of the most gifted inventors in history. In Assassin's Creed 2, Leonardo da Vinci supported hero Ezio with gadgets like the hidden blade and the flying machine. Will Franklin fill that role in the new game?