One of the biggest surprises of E3 this week was that Assassin's Creed 3 features balls-out naval warfare. Not on rails, not a mini gameā€”it's straight up you, taking control of a giant wooden ship, barking orders at your crew and boarding Templar vessels.

Seeing it in action is mind-blowing. And like any good Assassin's tool, your ship will come equipped with numerous types of ammo, so you can order your crew to fire flaming cannonballs to expose enemy ships' weaknesses, grape shot to take our their crew, and chain shots (two cannonballs strung together) to knock down their masts.

Creative Director Alex Hutchinson assured us at the show that these battles take up a pretty big chunk of Assassin's Creed 3 gameplay, and we can't wait to set sail. Let us know what you think of this new element in the comments or on Twitter.