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My Assassin’s Creed 3 Wish List
After hearing and reading the details on Assassin’s Creed III, I couldn’t help my excitement. After all, one of my favorite series was making its way to my homeland and a time period of great importance. The possibilities are endless, and my mind started racing with things I’d like to see. Of all the crazy ideas I came up with, five stuck out as real possibilities, so let’s see if the world agrees with the way my mind works.
This is a selfish request, as it’s my hometown, but despite that The City of Brotherly Love can certainly make its way into this game. Two already-announced facts give me hope: first, the game is taking place between 1753 and 1783. Any American knows about a certain event on July 4, 1776, we celebrate it every year. Where did that major event take place? Philadelphia, inside Independence Hall. There’s no reason why an event as paramount as that would not be included in a game centered on the American Revolution. That’s like Assassin’s Creed II in Rome not having the Pope, it just wouldn’t work. The second fact: Valley Forge has been mentioned as one of the locations Connor (or Ratohnhake:ton) will be visiting, as it was the campground for revolutionary forces in 1777 and 1778. Valley Forge is just outside of Philadelphia, merely a stone’s throw from City Hall and Independence Hall. Why would the game take us to Valley Forge without taking us to the city where this country started? It’s right down the road, for Ezio’s sake. LET ME CLIMB CITY HALL PLEASE.
4. A “Midnight Ride” Mission
We all know the story: Paul Revere riding through Massachusettes in 1775, warning every colonial he saw of the British army’s movements, gathering more riders as he continued. “The British are coming! The British are coming!” I would revel in the ability to be one of those forty riders, charging through the landscape and bringing the news with Revere and his riders. The only problem is, there were no battles or gunfights on the road that Revere traveled, so this memorable scene may have to be relegated to a cutscene of some kind. As long as it’s included, I’ll be quite pleased.
3. Random Encounters On The Frontier
The instant I heard of the Frontier and how it will be bigger than Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood’s Rome, the only thing I could think of was Red Dead Redemption. Rockstar’s epic Western created more possibilities with a vast, open terrain than any other game before it. Stranded people would come and ask for your help back to town, then steal your horse. Bandits would be hassling an innocent family, and you’d have to intervene and help them. Random encounters like this made Red Dead’s world feel alive, and I can only hope that Ubisoft has these types of plans for The Frontier. British scouts doing recon, a wounded colonial needing medical assistance, or even a guy trying to fight off a wild animal are all great examples of what The Frontier can do to bolster the entire experience. There is a ton of potential here, and I only hope Ubisoft takes full advantage of it.
2. An Ending That Doesn’t Cause A Full-Scale Fan Backlash
This would be nice, but part of me feels this is next to impossible. Let’s move on.
1. Closure for Desmond
The last two points tie together in a way, but I just want Desmond’s story to end with zero questions and zero doubts. I want the entire story arc with Those Who Came Before to find a solution, and I want that solution to be final. It doesn’t mean Desmond has to die, and it doesn’t mean that Connor has to either, I just want the story that started in 2007 to have a finite conclusion. Hell, if they finish Desmond’s story while setting up the future of the franchise, I’m all about that, but this game has been billed as the end of Desmond’s story, and I hope they keep it that way. I’d also like a scene featuring all three Assassins in some way, even if it’s a flashback scene showing them all while Desmond uses an Assassin skill he learned from that particular Assassin with the Bleeding Effect. I know this is Connor’s show, but I shouldn’t have to forget about Ezio and Altair. They are a part of Desmond too.
I’ve never been a fan of Mischief Night, I always thought it be a stupid holiday for miscreants and jerks, but this year is different. This year, while the rabblerousers are out with their eggs and toilet paper, I’ll be on the Frontier. Hopefully I’ll see some of the things I mentioned here along the way.