The Templars' war against the Assassins has provided the backdrop for every Assassin's Creed game so far, and that's not about to change. But Game Informer reports that the role of the villains is going to be altered slightly in Assassin's Creed 3—specifically, they're going to be less villainous.
“I think early on one of the fun things in [the first] Assassin’s Creed was that the Templars weren’t mindless villains,” Assassin’s Creed III creative director Alex Hutchinson said. “They were kind of misunderstood – there were a lot of gray zones. Then over the course of the sequels it become more villainous and it also became very entrenched in the Borgias, in very specific characters who were really evil. With Assassin’s Creed III we want to get back to that notion that they think they are doing the right thing. We as players disagree completely, but they honestly believe they are doing the right thing.”
The series' "fiction stewards" apparently felt the game had strayed too far from its original focus on the secret war between the Assassins and Templars. It won't be as simple as Assassins/Americans versus Templars/Brits—you'll be taking out people on both sides of the war—and there'll be more discussions between the two sides.
GI's got tons more details on the fictional history of the Templars—follow the link to keep reading. Are you stoked to take on some morally ambiguous opponents in Assassin's Creed 3? Tell us your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter.