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Assassin's Creed III is Coming to Wii U

Posted by James Newton

Sneaky

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III will be released on Wii U, the publisher has revealed.

The game reaches PS3 and Xbox 360 on 31st October but as we don't know when Wii U is out don't take this as a day one Wii U release.

Still, the news that Ubisoft's supporting Wii U with one of its biggest upcoming titles has to be a reason to be cheerful, right?

Here's the reveal trailer. No Woodkid this time, though.

Ubisoft® Ignites the American Revolution with Assassin’s Creed® III

New Title Promises to Be Biggest, Most Ambitious in Company’s History

London, UK — March 5, 2012 — Assassin’s Creed® III will hit store shelves on October 31, 2012, encouraging gamers to experience the American Revolutionary War not written about in history books. The largest project in Ubisoft’s history also introduces a brand new hero.

With a development cycle of over three years and twice the production capacity of any previous Ubisoft game, Assassin’s Creed III is set to release on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC and is also in development for Wii U™ from Nintendo. Assassin’s Creed III is developed by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with six other Ubisoft studios.

Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Assassin’s Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratohnaké:ton, of Native American and English heritage. Adopting the name Connor, he becomes the new voice for justice in the ancient war between the Assassins and Templars. Players become an Assassin in the war for liberty against ruthless tyranny in the most stylized and fluid combat experiences in the franchise to date. Assassin’s Creed III spans the Revolutionary War, taking gamers from the vibrant, untamed frontier to bustling colonial towns and the intense, chaotic battlefields where George Washington’s Continental Army clashed with the imposing British Army.

Assassin’s Creed III is powered by Ubisoft-AnvilNext, a revolutionary new game engine that delivers breakthroughs in visual quality, character models and artificial intelligence. Assassin’s Creed III will feature a ground-breaking level of stunning graphics that bring Colonial America to life.

“Assassin’s Creed III features the franchise’s most expansive setting so far, along with an exciting new hero and exponentially more gameplay,” said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “Whether you’re a longtime fan of Assassin’s Creed or if you’re new to the franchise, you’re going to be blown away by the scale and marvel of Assassin’s Creed III.”

[via officialnintendomagazine.co.uk]

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shingi_70

#3

shingi_70 said:

Still getting it on my 360. seems alot of Story info toi be skipping. Unless the other games will be on the nin eshop for download.

TheBaconator

#4

TheBaconator said:

I used to be a fan of the series, but all of the spin-offs that were practically identical, and the really dumb story turned me away from the series. I do like the setting for this one though, and I'm sure it's going to be one of the better Wii U titles near launch, (if near launch) so I'll check it out.

Myx

#7

Myx said:

i am tempted to get this for the wii u just for the sake of checking out the power of the console, BUT i played AC2 (until platinum) and thought that the game-engine was superb, but the plot seemed to me like horribly bad storytelling. so i decided i was done with that franchise. if a game makes me facepalm every cutscene away then i am clearly not among the target audience. so, maybe if the will be a demo on the wii u i will check that out, but i guess there will be other heavyweights among the launch lineup, so no panic here so far ;-)

AbuJaffer

#8

AbuJaffer said:

@TheBaconator I found the story incredibly engrossing and deep, while leaving open literally the entirety of human history as a possible battleground for the Templar vs. Assassins' war.

TrueWiiMaster

#9

TrueWiiMaster said:

I was never interested in the other entries in the series, but this one has caught my eye, mostly because it takes place in the Revolutionary War. I just hope they don't end up insulting the founding fathers or making a mockery of American history.

Ryno

#10

Ryno said:

Probably going to be more interested in the Nintendo first party launch games for the Wii U when this drops. May get it down the line though because I like the setting.

Linkstrikesback

#11

Linkstrikesback said:

@TrueWiiMaster

And what do you mean by "mockery of American history" and "insulting the founding fathers"?

[incoming assassins creed 2 spoilers]

Tell me exactly what makes them special in a fictional narrative that has already gone as far as to say World War 2 was a Hoax set up by the templars, or that has made the Pope of all people a templar.

I'd be very surprised if at least one of the founding fathers wasn't a templar.

Highwinter

#13

Highwinter said:

@TrueWiiMaster
If you're going to be offended by them re-writing some parts of history in this game or by killing American (and British) forces, then yes, I'd stay away from the game. It's NOT going to paint the Americans as saints, nor should it.

AVahne

#15

AVahne said:

In addition to Ghost Recon Online and Killer Freaks From Outer Space, Ubisoft really IS giving Wii U a ton of support! Much better than their support for 3DS...

Retro_on_theGo

#18

Retro_on_theGo said:

Sweeeet! Can't wait. Wii U will probably llaunch like a month after this game has been on the market though.

bezerker99

#19

bezerker99 said:

Wow, this game has hardcore, schmancy graphics AND is being released on Wii U - and I still don't care one bit.

TrueWiiMaster

#21

TrueWiiMaster said:

@Linkstrikesback
I've never played an Assassin's Creed before, so any mention of the story goes right over my head. All I meant was, if they want ME to buy this game, they can't, for example, have George Washington be a conniving villain who set up the war to become president. Also, I'd say calling the birth of America a scam would be a bigger deal than calling a Pope (no offense to any Catholics) a Templar, or saying WW2 was a setup. Calling America's birth a scam/setup/trick would be attacking the foundation of the country. If it includes such a story, I won't buy it, but that's just me.

@Highwinter
I wouldn't be offended by soldiers dying in a game about a war. I also wouldn't necessarily be offended by rewriting of some history. But if they make out major historic events to be nothing more than a planned out scenario by a villain in the shadows, manipulating the Americans and/or British into fighting for some goal, I'll probably save my $60. To me, that's an insult to the great men who built this nation, and I won't support it.

Haywired

#22

Haywired said:

Assassin's Creed "3"... I love it when they do that to milked franchises. It seems to have come record-breakingly early for this one. It usually comes about 15/20 years in when a publisher sticks a really low number on the sequel despite the fact that it's probably like the millionth entry in the franchise.

Edit: I've been corrected that as the two previous AC games were "direct sequels" that the numbering issue makes more sense. Though I still stand by my general milking point.

pastasauce

#23

pastasauce said:

@Haywired This is the fifth entry in the series. Every game except the first has been fantastic. All the games are streamlined and easy to play. They have been working on this game for 3 years and it looks like its going to be very very good.

kkslider5552000

#24

kkslider5552000 said:

@Haywired
you wouldn't know obviously, but the previous 2 games were just the 2nd and 3rd parts to the 2nd game. Granted, it isn't like I don't see your point but out of all the series being milked to death(which, spoilers, probably includes whatever your favorite games are), this is the one closest to getting it right.

Haywired

#25

Haywired said:

@kurtbro900 and @kkslider5552000

OK, fair points, I've ammended my comment, but still, 5 home console games and 3 handheld games in one generation is serious milking.

And I also complain just as much about the milking of my favorite franchises.

MachineLaw

#26

MachineLaw said:

Please don't call people out like that — we welcome people from all walks of life, bearing all sorts of random opinions here at Nintendo Life. Users here don't have to like every single game Nintendo makes without question. That would just be silly. :3 — TBD

drumsandperc92

#27

drumsandperc92 said:

ive had every AC game on 360. Was planning on getting wii U, now I definitely will and get AC3 on Wii U instead. Why? Wii U runs 1080p, and definitely has more power than ps3/360. I think AC3 will look more or less the same on all 4 systems (PC too) but, as in a high-end PC, it will simply run better on Wii U than 360/ps3. Faster load times, higher frame rate, higher resolution, less lag, potentially even better lighting/shadow effects/special effects/etc.
I know AC3 release OCt 30, and Wii U is launching in Nov. That means I'm going to have to wait, but I REALLY hope that this is a LAUNCH game for Wii U.

The_Fox

#28

The_Fox said:

I'm not surprised that it's hitting the Wii U. Ubisoft is one of few third party developers that has had a lot of success with their games on the Wii.

TheGreenSpiny

#29

TheGreenSpiny said:

Meh! Let's talk about about No More Heroes 3, or Red Steel 3 then I might buy your game Ubisoft.

@shingi_70: We Nintendo gamers don't like crappy stories to detract from our awesome gameplay.

player310

#30

player310 said:

With ancient Jerusalem and ancient Italy under it's belt you have to admit that a colonial United States is a great idea for this game franchise...

Bankai

#32

Bankai said:

Hah, no. This series went to the pits after the second game, when Ubisoft decided to do yearly release cycles.

Bankai

#35

Bankai said:

shingi? Team? Ubisoft has multiple teams working on the Assassin's Creed games. That's part of the problem.

It doesn't matter if they've been working on the game for three years. There's been four games in four years (more if you count the PSP) and I'm utterly burnt out on this series. There's an utter lack of innovation, and setting aside, this game from what we've seen so far is no different.

Sapo

#36

Sapo said:

I think I will get this game but I'd like to see a re-release of the previous games in a box or something for the WiiU otherwise, I mean, it's like watching a movie from the last 30 mins.

lex0plex

#37

lex0plex said:

I was a huge fan of the Prince of Persia games, but never got the chance to play Assassin's creed all the way through. I think I'll get this if it looks good! Thank you Ubisoft!

Skotski

#41

Skotski said:

FRANCHISE WARS!!!!

Let's talk about MGS' story while we're at it.
(I <3 MGS' story, btw. I also find it funny how much arguments it causes - seems pretty similar to Assassin's Creeds' story in creating arguments... I've only played the first, and never touched the rest because I wanted to complete the first before getting the rest :P)

Haxonberik

#42

Haxonberik said:

My brother bought Revelations and after standing brotherhood for adding multiplayer and helpful assassins, I couldn't even see him play it because it was waaaay to similar to it. I hope this game changes a lot, if it doesnt, I'll just play it partly on my brothers Xbox

Ichiban

#43

Ichiban said:

This is brilliant news, AC3 will definetly help convince the naysayers. I can't believe more of you aren't as excited. This is one of the biggest games of the year hitting Nintendo's new console & people are moaning! And which Nintendo games have a good, if any story?!

Gamma

#44

Gamma said:

I saw the debut trailer for this game, it looks promising, but seriously...has there ever been an assassin in the American Revolution? I haven't searched it up yet...I guess I will in the next few seconds.

PaperLucario

#46

PaperLucario said:

Finally I have a reason to buy the Wii U at launch (assuming this will be a launch title for the system). I'll also be buying the PS3 Version at the game launch (cause I have the other 4 games on the system).

CanisWolfred

#48

CanisWolfred said:

@MeowGravy Nintendo usually goes for minimalism when it comes to story, yes, but that is an art in its own form. At the very least a lot of the stories in Nintendo games are good at hitting the right notes at just the right times, and that's something a lot of grand sweeping epics we get in games can't say.

kkslider5552000

#49

kkslider5552000 said:

@Order-Sol Agreed. There are so many games that think they are writing some great, epic stories but fail so badly in so many ways(modern day JRPGs being the obvious example but there are plenty of western games that fail too) when instead I could have Link's Awakening, which in 10-20 minutes of story is more interesting, memorable and touching than any of those bloated, overdone, annoying, poorly written monstrocities.

Again Assassin's Creed, at least for me, has pretty much avoided the story having major issues (at least for the most part, though some of the modern day characters could use some work).

grimbldoo

#50

grimbldoo said:

It looks like the assassins are with America, I like how they merged the blue coat with the assassin cloak.

@EvilCookie #6 Don't judge before it's actually out. This is further in time so they might clean some of the mud off of the series with this one.

@lex0plex #38 Assassins Creed cannot even compare to Prince of Persia

@kkslider5552000 #50 Remember when games didn't need DLC to keep the game alive? And graphics weren't the most important thing? What happened to those days when games were AMAZING?

DarkLloyd

#51

DarkLloyd said:

getting this for my wiiu instead of the ps3 this time after all the wiiu will be my goto multiplatform games when it releases

Mutt

#52

Mutt said:

Ubisoft also said they were going to have Assassin's Creed on the 3DS. I wouldn't hold my breath.

Cthuloops

#53

Cthuloops said:

I've played the all of them on the PC and they have all been great so far. This definitely gets me pumped and if they have something more to draw me into buying it on the Wii U I will most definitely buy it on here rather than the PC just as a point of support for Nintendo 3rd parties if anything.

CanisWolfred

#55

CanisWolfred said:

@grimbldoo Graphics have always been an integral part of games, though, with tons of one-upmanship all over the place. Not really sure what you're talking about, there.

RogueBologna

#56

RogueBologna said:

I want this game only because of the setting. Seems a lot more compelling then the previous ones.

Ren

#60

Ren said:

yow, there are some real patriots around here. people here wouldn't play a game because it's "disrespectful" to the accuracy of the U.S.'s historical beginnings? whoa, how can you play any videogame if things are really that serious. time for a chill pill.

misswliu81

#65

misswliu81 said:

can't wait. and thank you ubisoft for bringing this game to the wii U. see it shows you can rely on other franchises than only just dance.

eviLaTtenDant

#67

eviLaTtenDant said:

A version that's at least on par with the other consoles ? I'll believe it when i see it in stores.

Henmii

#72

Henmii said:

Good news! It's a confirmation instead of a vague: "We are considering it".

BulbasaurusRex

#74

BulbasaurusRex said:

@TrueWiiMaster You'd better not try out the story modes in the Conduit games then, as they actually do make out the establishment and eventual dominance of the United States as part of (spoiler) an alien conspiracy mainly perpetrated by John Adams.

Anyway, if you're afraid of what the game is going to do to our history as Americans, just think about how scared the British gamers are about how it will portray their country.

grimbldoo

#75

grimbldoo said:

@Order-Sol #56
Please reread my comment because I did not say they were not an important part of the game
@Ren #61
A Serious game and a game that twists history that people have pride in are two different things. I found your post hard to read
@BulbasaurusRex #75
I don't think it will display America as bad as the Assassins are on Americas side (look at his coat before you try to shoot me down). Britain will probably not be displayed positively since the assassin was killing British soldiers.

CanisWolfred

#78

CanisWolfred said:

@grimbldoo Okay, it was just a misunderstanding, you don't need to give me attitude. But while I'm talking to you, something can be serious and still twist history. There's a whole genre of fiction out there that does it, actually: Historical fiction. A good, albeit somewhat notorious, example being The Da Vinci Code, which this series seems to take a few pages out of.

Also, this game may not be black and white. In real war, there are no "badguys", just men fighting for their lives because someone told them to. The True Badguys are spoiler the templars /spoiler, so both sides will likely be held in both positive and negative lights.

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