While I’ve been a longtime fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, the reveal trailer for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed III exponentially upped the ante and excitement factor beyond any of the previous installments. It’s set during the Revolutionary War here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Most of the game will take place on the Frontier between Boston and New York, and places like Lexington and Concord.
Ubisoft has also promised an overhauled game engine that can handle more than 1,000 on-screen characters, which means interacting with epically bloody ground battles at places like Valley Forge. IGN has posted some early details of settings and characters, and the list includes George Washington, Charles Lee, and yes, Benjamin Franklin.
That means there’s a good chance we will be seeing a lot of Colonial Philly in AC3, as the town was occupied by the Brits and was the scene of the last skirmish before Washington’s army retreated north for the winter.
What locations will be featured in Philly, and who will be the specific targets are now the focus of widespread speculation among the gaming community. Well, I’ve got a few ideas and suggestions for Ubisoft.
The Liberty Bell: Since the game is based around time travel, I haven’t decided what period we should visit the bell. Sure, it would be interesting to see the bell during the war period, because of the symbolic weight it carries for the birth of our country, but it would be even more fun to shake down fanny pack-wearing tourists in 1992.
Patrick’s Pub: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Season 4 was unquestionably the greatest in the whole series. The episode where they go back in time to 1776 is a classic, and the bar is called Patrick’s Pub. Mac and Dennis dress up as foppish Brits and get tarred and feathered, and Charlie and Frank are thieves who fail at robbing a fur trader. Sounds like it would be a nice side mission.
Hooker’s Row at 15th and Locust: When I moved to Philly in the mid-90′s the Locust Rendezvous was known as the 1415, and there was always a crap ton of prostitutes across the street. Once they built the Kimmel Center all of the pros seemed to move away, and ruined the whole scene. We’re sure that Hooker’s Row existed back during the Revolution, so Ubisoft should feel free to add this one in. The sweet young lady who gave Ben Franklin syphilis could be a character in the game, too.
Betsy Ross’ House: Sure, she’s an important part of history for her hard work during the dawn of freedom, but imagine how badass our flag could have been be if we ended her life before she put needle to fabric? The stars and stripes are nice. But, a middle finger emblazoned over the Union Jack is even nicer.
The Walnut Street Theatre: The oldest theatre in the US opened in 1809, which means the idea for the place was probably floated about ten years before. Imagine how much of your life you could get back if this place never opened? Field trips in grade school to see “South Pacific” and being Mom’s date on her birthday to take in the latest update to “A Christmas Carol” wouldn’t have happened, and you’d be that much less cultured. Sweet.
Citizens Bank Park: Yes yes, it’s not part of the historic timeline. But I think October 7, 2011 is the right move here. Chris Carpenter is the target. Doesn’t need to be quick, quiet, or clean.
Well the ball is rolling here, and I would love to know what everyone else thinks would be a great addition to the Philadelphia part of the Assassin’s Creed III. Leave a note in the comments section for who and what you would like to see in the game, which comes out on October 30 of this year.
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