One of this year’s most hyped up games has to be, without a shadow of a doubt, Assassin’s Creed 3. Assassin’s Creed 3 serves as the fifth major console release in the game series that follows the character of Desmond as he discovers he is a part of an elite assassin lineage that has helped keep order throughout Western history. The focus of the first Assassin’s Creed was Desmond using a machine to recall his ancestor, Altair, and his memories for the use for the dastardly Templars before his assassin comrades swooped in for the save. Since then, the game has followed Ezio Auditore, an Italian playboy-turned-Master Assassin after a series of unfortunate incidents befall his family.
For some reason, Ubisoft decided to really run with the Ezio storyline, with three major releases being dedicated to Ezio’s full story, with the fourth game, Revelations, containing some flashbacks into the final bits of Altair’s story as well. With all of those loose ends neatly tied up, the logical thing was for Desmond to move on to his next ancestor, and this time it appears that ancestor will be a “Native American” (seriously, not all like to be referred to as that, some prefer indian, others think that indian is a slur) and the setting will be Boston during the Revolutionary War. I feel like the series started off a bit slow, with a good amount of hype and promise seen in it, but never truly living up to what people wanted it to be. As the games continued on, they added more and more features, streamlined the gameplay and the series has quite simply blown up.
What better proof than the game, due out on Tuesday, being Ubisoft’s most pre-ordered title of all-time, according to a press release today. Ubisoft is not releasing hard numbers, but they are saying that the pre-orders for Assassin’s Creed 3 are doubled from last year’s Assassin’s Creed Revelations. They are also saying that the series has sold over 40 million copies worldwide to date, and they expect that number to go up significantly with the release of Assassin’s Creed 3.
Personally, I think that people just like the idea of Tomahawks.