Console gamers are drooling over the just-released details of the latest installment of the Assassin's Creed series, and from the looks of it Natives have reason to celebrate as well. Information leaked to gaming sites describes a protagonist who is half white and half Mohawk embarking on a quest during the Revolutionary War. According to Examiner.com, the character is named Connor or Ratohnhake:ton (Ra-doon-ha-gay-doo), was raised by the Mohawk tribe and vows to fight the power after his village is burned down by white colonists. He carries two pistols, a bow, and a war hatchet.
Conor is an one of the Assassins, who, as established in previous games in the series, are in an eternal battle with the Knights Templar (or Templars). Previous editions of the game have been largely set in the so-called Holy Land (including Jerusalem) in the 12th century and in 15th and 16th-century Italy (Rome, Florence, Naples, Venice), with some journeys to places such as Constantinople (present-day Istanbul, Turkey) and Spain.
This is just about all the information we have, although we can also add some conventional wisdom based on the previous installments of the series: Don't expect predictable choices for who will be the "good guys" and who will be bad. The gaming experts at IncGames discuss their hopes and expectations for the title, and they admit they were skeptical when they first heard it was to be set during the Revolutionary war. One of them offers this:
I appreciate concerns that AssThree could be at risk of turning into a nationalistic piece of trash like The Patriot, but development is being handled by a French-Canadian team who, let’s face it, are unlikely to be blinded by stars and stripes.
Further down in that discussion, another points out:
If you're expecting AssThree to extol the virtues of Great American Heroes like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and John Adams, you may want to think again. In fact, if at least one or two favoured historical figures aren't evil Templars, I'm going to be both surprised and disappointed.
This is a series, after all, that claims that World War 2 was a Templar plot. Churchill? Templar. Hitler? Templar. Stalin and Roosevelt? Templars. Thomas Edison? Henry Ford? Alan Turing? Templars, all.
Bottom line? Let's wait until we see the game, or at least get more information on the Native elements (ICTMN has reached out to the developers) before passing too much judgment.
Below are some very cool images of Ratohnhake:ton doing his thing (credit to IncGamers and TheExaminer.com):