Assassin's Creed III Hero Is Supposed To "Feel Like An Outsider"
We know the background of Connor, the hero in Assassin's Creed III. But what will his personality be like?
According to the developer, that's all part of the game: Learning more about the protagonist. We know he's a member of the Mohawk tribe and he sees his village destroyed, so he decides to do something about the chaos going on around the budding country. Connor is lured to the legendary Assassins (although we're not sure why yet), a group that continue to battle the Templars down through the ages.
Creative director Alex Hutchinson told Kotaku that Connor is "more earnest" than Ezio, the main character of the last three AC titles. Furthermore, they didn't want to give Connor any affiliation in the Revolutionary War, so he isn't a Patriot and he isn't a Redcoat.
"It's been a big challenge to get the right guy. It's not like creating an Italian who is part of a robust country. We're sort of picking a character who is part of an oppressed people. We had to be very very careful with it. We wanted to be both historically accurate and earnest in how we treated it. So we wanted to get an actor who is Native American. He is half-Blackfoot, and we wanted to get the events that happen in the game that are historically accurate as possible."
Hutchinson added that people were worried it would be a "ra-ra Team America and flag-waving" type of experience," but he said that really isn't true, and it isn't the story they wanted to tell. As for Connor, Ubisoft wants him to feel like an outsider who doesn't have any allegiance in the war for independence. Ubisoft reminds us that the Native Americans sided with just about everyone; the Americans, the British, and even the French. They sold land because "they thought it was funny," in that they didn't believe anyone could actually own land.
Connor should turn out to be a very intriguing character, and the story could be great, too. Can't wait to get my hands on this one.
P.S. Just out of morbid curiosity, have we really reached a point in the history of the popular self-loathing of this country where "flag-waving" is immediately considered to be a term with negative and ignorant implications...?
3/28/2012 10:24:42 AM Ben Dutka