Assassin's Creed III

Assassin's Creed III is a 2012 action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and Microsoft Windows. It is the fifth major installment in the Assassin's Creed series, and a direct sequel to 2011's Assassin's Creed: Revelations. The game was released worldwide for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, beginning in North America on October 30, 2012, with a Wii U and Microsoft Windows release following in November 2012. A remastered version will be released for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in March 2019. The plot is set in a fictional history of real world events and follows the centuries-old struggle between the Assassins, who fight for peace with free will, and the Templars, who desire peace through control. The framing story is set in the 21st century and features series protagonist Desmond Miles who, with the aid of a machine known as the Animus, relives the memories of his ancestors to find a way to avert the 2012 apocalypse. The story is set in the 18th century, before, during and after the American Revolution from 1754 to 1783, and follows Desmond's half-English, half-Mohawk ancestor, Ratonhnhaké:ton, also known as Connor, as he fights the Templars' attempts to gain control in the colonies. Assassin's Creed III is set in an open world and presented from the third-person perspective with a primary focus on using Desmond and Connor's combat and stealth abilities to eliminate targets and explore the environment. Connor is able to freely explore 18th-century Boston, New York City, and the American frontier to complete side missions away from the primary storyline. The game also features a multiplayer component, allowing players to compete online to complete solo and team based objectives including assassinations and evading pursuers. Ubisoft developed a new game engine, Anvil Next, for the game. The game received positive reviews from critics, who praised it for its gameplay, narrative, diverse cast of characters, visuals and grand, ambitious scale, while criticism was directed at the unevenly developed gameplay mechanics and the glitches within the game. It was a commercial success, selling more than 12 million copies worldwide. Its sequel, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, was released in October 2013, and follows Ratonhnhaké:ton's grandfather – Edward Kenway – a pirate and Assassin operating in the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. In September 2018, a remastered edition of Assassin's Creed III was announced as a downloadable add-on to Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

Year:
2012
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Shaun Hastings:
So this is how it started...

Desmond Miles:
What are you up to?

Shaun Hastings:
Just brushing up on my American history, I... I say history. They certainly teach you strange things in the States.

Desmond Miles:
Like what?

Shaun Hastings:
Well-for all the talk of this being a "revolutionary" war, it was more of a civil one. Well, not THAT kind of civil. I mean there was no America versus Britain. It was Brit on Brit action. And you can clearly see how the whole thing got started: One war gave birth to the other.

Desmond Miles:
You mean the Seven Years War?

Shaun Hastings:
Exactly. Seems the Crown overspent in its attempt to keep the French out. Wound up with a great deal of debt. Believing that the Colonists should help to shoulder the burden, new taxes were created. It was a reasonable request-even if Parliament was rather, well, undiplomatic about it.

Desmond Miles:
It's not really fair to tax people for a war they didn't want any part of.

Shaun Hastings:
What? Didn't want any part of? Did you not notice George Washington with Edward Braddock? He was right in the middle of it! So here you have the Crown spending who knows how much money to secure a place for the Colonists to thrive-and then when they ask for a little bit of help... Right, look, think of it this way. King George and the Colonists, they all go out to dinner, right. And when the bill comes, George asks them to kick in and pay their share. Fair enough! But keep in mind, his family's been taking them out to dinner gratis for decades now. But the Colonists, oh no, they insist they only had a glass of water and a side salad. Never mind the table is full of half-eaten food and empty bottles of wine. And then when the King points this out, what do the Colonists do? Oh! They flip the table over and storm out of the restaurant-probably intending to return later and burn it down.

Desmond Miles:
You left out the part where the King pointed a gun at the Colonists and forced them to cover dinner for everyone at the restaurant.

Shaun Hastings:
Riiight. Right, yeah. Interesting take. If he pulled out a gun-and it's not fair to say he did-it would only have been after the 100th failed attempt at getting them to pay their fair share.

Desmond Miles:
But how do you define someone's fair share?

Shaun Hastings:
With a war, apparently.

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