The Assassins Creed series has focused on setting stories in a world based not in high fantasy or science fiction, but in the annals of humanity’s greatest story, world history. In this series players are able to travel to some of the most compelling, intriguing times in history including Renaissance Italy, Istanbul under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, the earliest Crusades of the 11th century, the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean, and the French Revolution. The third game of this franchise, Assassins Creed III, takes place in another pivotal period of time, the American Revolution. A time of legendary men and world-changing events, this was an ambitious period to tackle for a series that recreates the past in order to create a compelling story.
The Premise: The game presents a world where two factions, Assassins and Templars, have been at war for centuries in an ideological conflict. Modern science has advanced to the point where we can relive the experiences of our ancestors through DNA memory. In addition it also presents a world where humanity was created by an alien race, The First Civilization, and where pieces of their nearly god-like technologies have survived, explaining all religious and supernatural phenomena as misinterpretations of how these technologies have been used throughout history.
Note: These fantastical elements of the Assassin's Creed are not the focus of this project, and therefore will not be addressed as evidence for an argument. Instead, we want to challenge the historical accuracies of Ubisoft's recreation of Colonial America and the American Revolution.
Trailer for Assassin's Creed III