Assassin's Creed III to have more present-day gameplay

The Assassin's Creed series has been in kind of a rut lately, but it looks like Assassin's Creed III will finally mix up the formula. In addition to featuring a new character in a new historical period, CVG now reports that the game will give players more time in the shoes of present-day protagonist Desmond. Here's the skinny from Matt Turner, the game's lead writer, who spoke at a recent event in London:

"All I can say about Desmond's story is you're going to experience more Desmond than you've ever had before," he said. "We're spending more time on the present than we have in past games.

"It's a big part of our story and I don't really want to give too many details away because I want people to experience what that is. But rest assured, you're going to see a lot of Desmond. More so than in any past game."

I can't be the only one to find the prospect enticing. Old-timey assassinations are all well and good, but the series has been baiting players with little snippets of Desmond gameplay for years now. I suppose there will probably be an entirely Desmond-centric game eventually, but until then, it sounds like Assassin's Creed III will help scratch that itch.

Assassin's Creed III is scheduled for a cross-platform release (yes, including Windows) on October 30. The game will be set during the American Revolutionary War, and it will feature a main character of mixed British and Mohawk ancestry.

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