In an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine, Assassin's Creed 3 writer Matt Turner let slip some tidbits about the challenges of writing a game set during such a contentious time as the American Revolution.
For one thing, some Brits are concerned about "killing their ancestors": “It’s funny; I’ve seen stuff from some British fans saying they don’t feel comfortable killing their ancestors. I always find that kind of ironic because killing someone else’s ancestors is fine? Also, they were British in Assassin’s Creed 1 in the Crusades, so you were fine with that?” Turner said.
He said the focus of the story is the Assassins-Templars conflict, not the Revolution, and that the part-Native American hero Connor won't take a side.
Another point of contention is slavery, rampant on both sides at the time, with slaves even fighting battles in exchange for offers of their freedom.
“We feel that kind of a subject deserves a certain amount attention because it’s so serious and it needs to be treated with utmost respect. We’re definitely not going to shy away from it in terms of not showing it,” Turner said.
“We’re going to focus on telling it like it was, we’re going to show what was there and what people did in that time but we want to be careful with how that’s covered and how much of it is there," he continued. "It’s an important topic. We won’t be afraid to show that it’s there but we’re not going make it the focus of our game.”
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