Ubisoft Does Not Hate The British — Right…
If you’ve been keeping an eye on all of the trailers for Assassin’s Creed III thus far, you might have observed protagonist Connor siding with the blue-coats and laying waste to armies of red-coats, or is it just me that’s noticed? Apparently I have a tendency to over-think things… In any case, Assassin’s Creed III’s scriptwriter Corey May has come out and said that Ubisoft really has nothing against the British in their upcoming threequel… sure you do, Ubisoft — the gaming company with more French-speaking employees than any other.
“We’ve got nothing against the Brits,” he said, stating that the story is “not meant to be loyalists versus patriots” so angry Englishmen need to sit the fuck down and stop crying. Also, ‘America, Fuck yeah!’ No, we’re just kidding on that one.
“It’s assassins versus Templars. There’s a revolution going on and Connor will experience all facets of it. It’s not as simple as Templars backing the crown and assassins backing the patriots, it’s really two factions at war against the backdrop of another war. I have nothing against the Brits,” he continued.
While his assertions are duly noted, thus far all that’s been shown in trailers and marketing campaigns points to a pro-Patriot game.
“It occurs against the backdrop of the Revolutionary war. And to be even more evasive, everyone back then was a Brit, this was not Americans against British – this was a British civil war,” he explained with regards to the historical context behind the story.
“There’s a great story that they tell of Ben Franklin and his son William and they wind up on separate sides. His son became a loyalist,” he continued. “When the war was over or as the war was wrapping up, his son tried to make amends, but Franklin didn’t want anything to do with him and they became estranged. I think it hurt his son and his son felt terrible.”
He concluded: “When Franklin died, in his will he said ‘you get nothing. Had you won you would’ve taken away everything of mine, so either way you would have had nothing, so you get nothing.’ I think his son was devastated and it’s just not as simple, even if sometimes it is portrayed that way.”
Not really answering the criticisms with this explanation, are we? In any case it doesn’t really matter because with recent claims by the developer that they would look forward to a tenth Assassin’s Creed release perhaps they can make amends by modelling Assassin’s Creed X after a descendant of Queen Elizabeth I and have you kick ass at Canterbury while sipping on some tea and biting a scone… or something.