Assassin's Creed III set in the American Revolution

Like blockbuster movies, big-name video games tend to follow similar themes. For a while, it was difficult to find a first-person shooter that wasn't set in World War II. Vietnam was popular for a brief while, and modern, er, warfare seems to be the norm these days. What's next? The American Revolution, perhaps. Based on official box shots released by Ubisoft, it looks like the next chapter in the Assassin's Creed series will be set in the latter half of the 1700s.

Assassin's Creed isn't a shooter, of course, and previous iterations in the franchise have been set centuries earlier. Still, I'm digging the new setting, which is further revealed in a handful of screenshots leaked via Reddit. The era of muskets probably isn't a good fit for first-person shooters. There's potential for the third-person, largely melee combat in Assassin's Creed, though.

Only a handful of video games have tackled the American Revolution over the years, but I see you can now buy a Tricorne hat for the Demoman in Team Fortress 2. With steampunk-inspired titles like BioShock Infinite and Dishonored due out this year, gamers could be in for a lot more nostalgia. Assassin's Creed III is currently scheduled for an October 30 release.

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