Ubisoft has released footage of Assassin's Creed III which shows off the highly-anticipated naval warfare component of the game.

A first for a series where contact with water previously meant instant death for some unlucky assassins, this section of the game looks set to add a bit a variety to proceedings and break up the endless skulking around in the North American wilderness.

Assassin's Creed III is expected to launch on Wii U later this year. The exact date is still to be confirmed.