According to Assassin’s Creed III creative director Alex Hutchinson, naval battles could have been turned into a whole new game on their own.
Speaking to Ausgamers, Hutchinson said Ubisoft Montreal liked the idea of something so fresh but was wary of pushing it to the forefront of a standalone game.
“When we looked into it we realised too that no one had done third-person action-adventure sailing, you know in this period. So we’re like, great, it’s brand new; it’s probably too risky to do as it’s own game,” he said.
“Although now I think it’s been successful enough that we probably underestimated it. But it felt like an appropriate and exciting risk to take.”
Assassin’s Creed III’s naval battle was the center of attention at gaming expo’s and Hutchinson said they’re not just a novelty but an intrinsic element of the course of history during the period covered in the game.
“When we looked at the history of this period of America we realized that sailing ships were so important. It’s how you arrived there if you were foreign, it’s how all imported goods arrived there,” he said.
“The French fleet at Yorktown basically blockaded the port; stopped the import. Stopped the British resupplying their soldiers, which leads directly to the surrender of the British in the American Revolution. So it was part of the history of the time and the history of the Revolution & once we got that we thought, well it’s really something we should do.”
“I think it’s one of the strengths of the Assassin’s franchise, that we can jump time,” Alex concludes. “Games often take place over hours or days, and I always liked the idea that you can tell a story that took 30 years. So you can have these big moments of, well big deltas, you know what I mean? One minute you’re, you know, 20 and another you’re 40.”
“Your attitude towards things changes. You can have the character evolve, you can have, you know, big events occur that were separated by a lot of time. So we can visit the Boston Tea party, but we can also be there at battles that were years later.”
Assassin’s Creed III will release on October 30 for PS3, Xbox360 and on November 20 for PC.
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