Assassin's Creed III confirmed for Wii U

Ubisoft confirms game in development for Nintendo's next console, as well as Xbox 360, PS3, and PC; preorders to get steelbook game case featuring Alex Ross art.

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Assassin's Creed III will mark the series debut on a Nintendo home system. Ubisoft today confirmed the next installment in its stealth action series is in development for the Wii U, in addition to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The game is due for release October 30.

Here's a peek at Alex Ross's artwork for Assassin's Creed III preorders.

Set during the American Revolution, Assassin's Creed III features a new protagonist with a mixed Native America-English heritage. Named Ratohnhake:ton but going by Connor, the hero of Assassin's Creed III will inject himself into the ongoing struggle between the Templars and the Assassins. The game is being built by Ubisoft Montreal and six collaborating studios on a new engine called Ubisoft-AnvilNext. The publisher is promising "breakthroughs in visual quality, character models, and artificial intelligence" thanks to AnvilNext.

Ubisoft also announced its first preorder incentive for Assassin's Creed III. Those who commit to a purchase ahead of time will get the game in steelbook packaging featuring art by comic book painter Alex Ross (Kingdom Come, Marvels).

"For me, it's interesting to work on something with the level of detail that's put into a video game character. It's expanded that much greater than what I'd normally illustrate in a comic," Ross told GameSpot. "I'm known for comic images that try to get more realistic in their approximation of clothing and physical detail. But when I'm working with something that's already like that but takes it a step further--where there's so much there I have to render for the clothing and the weapons--it's a real challenge to put that time in."

Discussion

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amaan4ever
amaan4ever

Now that Nintendo is on par with Sony and Microsoft in terms of graphics and processer they will get more third party support and games that are released on ps3 and Xbox360

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@AnGiTheGamer How would you know? Did you ever get your hands on a Wii U THIS early? :?

AnGiTheGamer
AnGiTheGamer

How are you supposed to put an assasins creed game on the wii u out of all things. The wii u isn't fit for that type of game unless they don't put much effort in it. I don't know how they consider the wii u a new console when it's really the same thing as the wii. Just a waste of money if you ask me but I gues they just want to try something new. Don't have much hopes for it this time but maybe it'll be good. Let's hope so but i'm not getting a wii u. Never interested me.

Mariner32
Mariner32

@Lordcrabfood @AnGiTheGamer How exactly is Wii U "really the same thing as" or a "slightly updated" Wii? It's a proper generation gap away from the Wii in terms of raw horsepower alone. Not to mention the innovative new controller (which, to be fair, I'm not sold on yet), the new Nintendo Network (supposed to be on par with XBL/PSN), and quality third-party support (see above article). Wii U isn't just the new tablet controller, it's entirely new hardware that can out-perform the current Gen7 consoles. I totally thought the same thing about the controller, though. An interesting choice, Nintendo. Not sure if it's a good one yet, though.

Lordcrabfood
Lordcrabfood

Nintendo had their time with the SNES. The WII U looks like nothing more then a slightly updated wii, actually when I first saw it at E3 I though it was a new I Pad. lol

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

lol I was actually persuaded to pre-order this today. The stealbook is a nice touch. As for the Wii U port awesome. Nintendo is finally moving in the right direction. Can't wait Ubisoft.

Masenkoe
Masenkoe

Nintendo fanboys are more hateful than I thought. Jeez.

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

@RitsukoEX My bad on research, the GC was about the same, maybe a little bit less capable than xbox. And again, even though the xbox had a little bit more processing power, 3rd party games were released and capable on both systems. Also, techniques mattered too. Look at RE4 for gc, that game is somethin else just as Halo is special

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@Kenshin0011 The Gamecube was the best in its generation?!!!! BULLCRAP!!! Halo ( Xbox ) shoots that down!

Marky360
Marky360

I'm glad to see that Nintendo's next console will feature good games that aren't Nintendo developed titles

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

This gives me hope for the Wii U.

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

Also, don't get the wrong idea about Nintendo systems having bad graphics just cause the Wii was low end. The Wii is the FIRST AND ONLY Nintendo home console ever to not have THE BEST graphics. The Gamecube was the best in its generation, the N64 was the best in its. The Wii was probably just an experiment to try and market to a broader audience and make an affordable and accessible system...and it wasn't a failure at all from a sales standpoint...AT ALL. It is sad though that 3rd party support was slim to none, but that's all history, the Wii U is going to be beast.

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

The Wii U could definitely output the graphics in true 1080p, it's just up to Ubisoft to port it with enhanced graphics. Anyone who says the Wii U is going to be the same, or less, or just a little more, power as 360/PS3 needs to open their eyes. Do you really think that a current brand new console will have tech in it that is 5 YEARS OLD?? Seriously, Nintendo could even try to make it as crappy and cheaply as possible in today;s day and age and it'd still be more powerful than the half a decade old ps3/360. Also, game makers have developed better techniques for rendering better graphics without the console having to be a power beast with overheating, etc. For example, just look at some of the graphics a little smart phone can output. They're near as good as 360/ps3! The Unreal Engine can run on the iphone! Anyway people, get real, the Wii U is going to be amazing. :)

sacatash
sacatash

The upcoming Wii U console has more up to date technology than the 2005 and 2006 Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles. It will be more powerful, better graphically and should be able to handle any memory requirement of current games that plagues todays console such as Skyrim on the PS3. I'll definitely buy it on the Wii U.

comb5
comb5

@LordelX Your avatar is a Wavebird but yet you're talking bad about the next Nintendo console? Weird. I'm really excited for the Wii U. I love first party Nintendo games. And I have my PC for third party gaming.

josh7845
josh7845

I am very happy for those of you who buy Nintendo products. It's been a bit of a wait but you guys appear to be getting a decent 3rd party support now as well as the great 1st party support that Nintendo offers.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Well looks like there is a least 1 decent game for the Wii U at launch. If Assassin's Creed 3 will make use of that second screen on that tablet. Controller to make the game stand out from the Playsation 3 and Xbox 360 versions.

iPostMaReviews
iPostMaReviews

lol @ all the morons who think the Wii U has the same power as current HD consoles... it's WAY, WAY ahead of them Can't wait to see how this turns out on Wii U

theKSMM
theKSMM

As games get more expensive to make (and buy), the console exclusive games will probably go the way of the dodo, with only a few first-party titles that are only on one platform or another. I just hope that there's enough parity between systems to allow the experience to be the same between consoles. In the current generation, the same game title (e.g. Ghost Recon) could represent several different gameplay experiences depending on which system you played it on. It would be nice to have similar experiences on all consoles and handhelds...if they can make it take advantage of a system's unique features (tablet input, touchscreen, stylus, motion controls, etc) then that would be even better. I would also like cross-play between systems (multiplayer with Windows, XBOX, PlayStation, and Wii gamers) but I still think that's a pipe dream at this point...

FatmanAB
FatmanAB

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH I Smell Connor On The Next Super Smash Bros !!!!!!!!

tarv4973
tarv4973

Funny that people still don't have the facts on how powerful the Wii-U is. Nextbox will only be around 20% more powerful which won't even be noticeable. Ubisoft are big Wii-U supporters, so this should be somewhat optimized for it with true 1080p rendering. I am going to be really disappointed if the Wii-U version doesn't look substantially better.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

well looks like i'm getting a steel book edition as i already have it pre-ordered getting the PS3 version :) on a side note i wonder how many sequels this one will get?

supertom221
supertom221

...... What? Why? Oh well, I guess WiiU can now be considered current gen so it makes sense. Would still be stupid to play with a tablet though.

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Give me No More Heroes 3 (Paradise was no where near as fun as the Wii version) or something equally awesome and I'll get a Wii-U, but for now I'm content with playing AC on ps3.

Haasdude
Haasdude

The Android/iPhone version will probably be superior to this.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

I going to spend this entire game reenacting scenes from the Patriot.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Chalk this up as another reason for me to get a Wii-U.

Sirrrus
Sirrrus

Wii U is the next Nintendo console, expected to have a controller similar to an iPad. A huge gamble that will either be a bust or could put them ahead of the curb.

Nzilla
Nzilla

Finally, my prayers are answered! A nintendo console with strong 3rd party support. I hope this is a sign that the Wii U is going to be as awesome as the SNES was back in the day.

Masenkoe
Masenkoe

@Codester_41 I was expecting it. Haters gon hate on me.

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

Of course we get the knee jerk, "this sucks" response from core gamers, who are without fail the most unimaginative group of d-bags I've ever come across. If devs listened to "core gamers" we would all still be playing with straight up D pads and playing split screen for multiplayer because they offer no new ideas and scoff at new ideas they literally have no experience with. It is an awesome site. Awesome in the same way that sometimes I leave a 2 footer curled up at the bottom of my toilet. Awesome, yet disturbing, and ultimately disgusting, only bringing happiness when it is flushed. Wii-U is going to be cool. The more multiplatform games the better.

Evenios
Evenios

meh.. so what? Not to sound rude but what would drive the Wii U is strong first party or exclusive titles, if it has a ton of 3rd party stuff might as well have the Xbox 360 or PS3 i really doubt the Wii U is that much more powerful then them. if that.

Codester_41
Codester_41

@ Masenkoe - Even though people hate your comment, I would have to agree. and I'm right there with you. Nintendo can suck my Wii.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Wow, Nintendo's getting some major third party support for the Wii U, with this and Arkham City probably being launch games.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Excuse me, but I think I might need to change my pants...

Flint247
Flint247

Although I am not into the AC series, I am glad to see more 3rd party support for Nintendo's consoles. The DS had more 3rd party support than the Wii.

Masenkoe
Masenkoe

Worst version of AC confirmed.

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

They better not snub this one like they did Lost Legacy.

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

I'm getting it on the Wii U. I'm also interested in Ghost Recon for the Wii U. Ubisoft said that the Controller is the perfect fit for Ghost Recon because it is literally a real life version of the Crosscom 2.0

LordelX
LordelX

Without an achievement system, will anyone choose the Wii U version over the other consoles?

tarv4973
tarv4973

That is probably right around when the Wii-U launches. This should be a good barometer to the Wii-U's initial install base.

dylan417
dylan417

It's not Mario or Zelda, so it will probably fail hard.

Nozizaki
Nozizaki

This is certainly good news. The first of many multiplats for Wii U I hope.

ebrezzy1
ebrezzy1

still no reason to buy the Wii U