Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation Preview

New software. That’s what gamers have asked for ever since the Vita’s release. And after a handful of announcements at their press conference and an even larger presence at the show floor, we see that Sony has listened, and new software is on its way.

One of the games announced at Sony’s conference also happens to be one of the biggest releases to hit the handheld platform this year: Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation. Liberation will be a Vita exclusive and a companion title to the highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed III.

So, what can we expect to see in Liberation that is different from Assassin’s Creed III?

With the third official installment in the series, it looks like Ubisoft is sticking to an interesting theme in their games: the idea of mixed race protagonists. Race was a sensitive subject in the late 1700’s, with slavery alive and well and colonization taking place all across North America. Assassin’s Creed III protagonist Connor is half- Native American, half- Caucasian, and Liberation looks to continue this trend by making the main character half- French, half- African.

And on top of that, she’s a woman.

Taking place in New Orleans between 1765 and 1780, Liberation’s story will occur between the end of the French and Indian war and carry through the middle of the Revolutionary war. It was at the end of the French and Indian war that Lousiana was handed off to Spain, a trade that New Orleans natives weren’t particularly fond of. Because of this, a citizen’s revolt took place within the city, and since the Assassin’s Creed series continually draws on historical occurrences,  Liberation looks to capitalize on that.

There will be no connection to Desmond, however, as the developers want to tie Aveline to the player in an entirely new way outside of the modern-day Assassin and his encounters with the Animus.

The game’s main character, Aveline, is getting her own set of characteristics to set her apart from the boys. In an effort to make her more realistic, developers actually developed a separate set of movement animations to be more true to the way a female assassin would move.

And movement will be just as important as it has been in previous installments of the Assassin’s Creed series. The same platforming mechanics we know and love will be appearing in this game as well, with similarites to that of Assassin’s Creed 3. Aveline will jump through trees and run along rooftops as she makes her way around.

The city itself will be alive and open, and a heavy emphasis will be placed on traversing the Bayou, a hostile area full of enemies and dangerous to move through on the ground. We don’t know exactly how the Bayou will tie in yet, but rest assured, it will add an interesting flair to gameplay as you help Aveline throughout the story.

A host of new weapons will be made available to Aveline as well. Most notably is the blowpipe, which will allow Aveline to fire a poison dart and score a kill from a distance.

The ever-iconic hidden blades will be returning for Liberation as well.

Combat in Liberation will be similar to that of Assassin’s Creed III. While dual-wielding weapons, players will rely on a system built on timing and precision to take down enemies with the classic finesse of an Assassin.

Liberation will be a Vita exclusive, and looks to use some of the Vita’s unique capabilities for gameplay. Among others, the game will utilize both the system’s motion detection and touch controls to enhance the experience. We don’t know a lot of the details on how the different technologies of the Vita will be used, but developers have given us a hint that the touch pad will be implemented to improve the precision of picking the pockets of unsuspecting citizens.

With a host of conventions old and new, expect to be wowed by this installment of the Assassin’s Creed series. We asked, and Sony listened, delivering to us one of the most promising titles to hit the Vita yet. Look for Liberation in stores this fall.

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