UPDATE: It's legit!
While I'm sure we're still stuck with the comparatively unremarkable Desmond Miles as the central hero of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed franchise, Kotaku has an allegedly leaked image of the new historical protagonist slated to star in the upcoming Assassin's Creed III. We're finished with Ezio Auditore and the Renaissance as the story turns to another shadowy assassin living in colonial America.
If this is legitimate, and remember, this is completely unconfirmed, it appears that the chatter placing the third game in the series in the American Revolution is spot-on. In the background is the original Continental flag, the Assassin is wearing an 18th-century military jacket and from his weaponry, jewellery and resemblance to actor Wes Studi he appears to be Native American. Or at the very least half-Native American.
We talked about where we'd like to see the Assassin's Creed series go next in Episode 70 of the Power Button podcast, and while I'm certainly in favor of the Revolutionary period, I can't imagine that there was much thrilling architecture to climb in eighteenth century America. I trust Ubisoft to get things right if this image does represent the next phase of the series, but it's going to be difficult to let go of scaling magnificent chapels and towers. On the other hand, the history buff part of me can't resist the lure of being able to explore famous landmarks such as Carpenter's Hall, Lexington, Concord, Yorktown, and Valley Forge. Finally, my advance placement American history class from high school is going to pay off. Assassin's Creed III is due out later this year.