If you remember the Gamescom presentation of Assassin’s Creed 3 as vividly as I do, then you’ll probably remember that it was mostly about naval battles. If you don’t remember it then lucky for you, Ubisoft released the presentation earlier today in the form of a handy video, narrated by Alex Hutchinson.
Playing the role of captain aboard your very own ship, it’s certainly tempting to play out your pirate-assassin fantasies. However, instead they serve another purpose.
When you board your ship and take to the seas, you’ll be doing a little bit more than travelling and singing pirate songs. Instead, you’ll often find yourself under attack, and it’s your job to navigate the seas and launch attacks back.
You’ve got an arsenal of weapons available to you as an assassin, but your boat has it’s own weapons as well. Different cannon shot and the marines that make up your crew are all at your disposal.
When an enemy craft is in range, you can use one of three different kinds of shot to weaken them. The ubiquitous cannon ball does high damage to the enemy ship, whilst the chain shot can tear down enemy masts so you can board them, and the grapeshot peppers the enemy crew, making their life very difficult as well as causing damage to them.
There’s a variety of missions revolving around you and your ship, including attacking enemy forts or some naval assassinations!
Not only that, but the dynamic weather system that we saw in many of the earlier trailers plays a part here. It’s easy enough to pilot a ship in calm weather, but what are you going to do when a storm comes down and makes the waters choppy?
What about heavy snowfall or high winds? Are you prepared to use the weather to your advantage? What if a sudden wave came up and swallowed your cannon fire? There’s a lot of things to consider when going to battle at sea.