There’s A Little Bit Of Castlevania In Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation

By Ishaan . August 17, 2012 . 1:30pm

Ubisoft have shared a few more details regarding Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for the PlayStation Vita at Gamescom, revealing that the game runs on a version of Assassin’s Creed III’s AnvilNext game engine ported to the PlayStation Vita.

 

As previously reported, main character, Aveline, uses a sugar cane machete and a blowpipe as her primary weapons. In addition to these, she also has a whip, which she can use to pull enemies toward her, or to navigate the city of New Orleans by using the whip to swing from beams.

 

Developer, Ubisoft Sofia, say that the whip also has a symbolic relevance.

 

Aveline is born of a temporary marriage called plaçage, whether wealthy men would take African, Chinese or Native American women for wives until they could find a more “acceptable” French bride. Children born from plaçage can go either way—the lucky ones are loved by their fathers while the unlucky ones are pressed into slavery. While Aveline is one of the lucky ones, as an assassin, she’s an opponent of slavery, and the development team felt that a whip, which serves as a symbol of the slave trade, would represent the icon of revenge in her hands.

 

Another new addition to Liberation is the concept of a “persona system”. Under this system, Aveline can be in one of three disguises—an assassin, a servant, and an aristocrat. Each one functions differently.

 

In her assassin guise, Aveline is adept at combat, jumping across roofs, and so on. The downside is that she sticks out like a sore thumb, causes fear wherever she goes, and soldiers attack her on sight. In contrast, the servant guise allows her to blend in with the masses of New Orleans’ underprivileged society. She can mingle with cleaners, dock workers and other low-class workers without anyone raising an eyebrow, but is lightly-armoured and can’t take a beating.

 

Finally, the aristocrat guise is her public face, or her “Bruce Wayne” persona, if you want to look at it that way. She was raised by her father’s wealth, and this is how society at large sees and knows her. She’s charming, beautiful and influential, and can use these qualities to simply bypass a lot of the obstacles that would otherwise stand in her way. In this guise, she carries a parasol gun, which is a one-shot stealth weapon, but can’t run or fight.


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  • ZBaksh386

    interesting

  • SirRichard

    The disguises add a nice level of planning to missions, if they do it right, and hopefully open up various ways to carry out missions (scale the building and take out guards as the assassin, stroll right in the back door as a slave or talk through the front as the aristocrat), but it depends on how they execute it. Certainly, it’s a nice feature at least.

    The whip is just going to make me feel like Indiana Jones, by which I mean I will use it whenever possible.

    • AJ

      But did Indiana Jones dress like a southern belle?

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Now for all the cool things they’ve talked about so far with AC III:L (black female protag, Old New Orleans, Vita, etc.), this is one of the few topics in the game could get a bit controversial if not handled delicately (though, I have no reason to suspect that they wouldn’t). 

    Being able to play as an avenger of those that were unfortunate and bound to an unjust life of servitude is a positive. Though, I suspect there will be some other moral conflicts that will arise during some part of the game that won’t be so “do-goody”.

    And not to judge, but I did pick up on one of the wordings in the article:
    “In contrast, the servant guise allows her to blend in with the masses of New Orleans’ underprivileged society. She can mingle with cleaners, dock workers and other low-class workers without anyone raising an eyebrow, but is lightly-armoured and can’t take a beating.” (Sorry, I couldn’t resist noticing that).

    To not be completely serious for the whole post, at least I get to act out the scene from one of my favorite Chappelle’s Show skits. >:D

    (Warning: Various racial names are spoken in the video link)
    http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/jktbrs/chappelle-s-show-greatest-misses—haters-in-time

  • Brandonmkii

    Parasol gun? Sold.

    • http://openid.anonymity.com/5HuDuQyz Woot

      Now they just need to add a maid outfit and BAM! We got a french/african Roberta.

      • LustEnvy

        Dear god, Roberta, one of my waifus… when I feel a bit yandere-philic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.gatewood Nicholas Gatewood

     Awesome, this sounds even better. Definitely has my interest, but only when it hits the bargain bin since it has pre-order exclusive content. I don’t support that filthy practice.

    • doubleO7

      Are you sure it has pre-order DLC? This is the first I’ve heard about that. And after doing some quick searches at Amazon and Gamestop I haven’t come across anything to suggest that they’re offering pre-order DLC.

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Inform yourself better, this game has no preorder bonus~.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I like their thinking on giving her a whip. Also, parasol guns are awesome.

    I’ll definitely be grabbing this.

  • sherimae1324

    will these be also released in japan? if not im gonna import it… 

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      It will be, yes.

      • sherimae1324

        Yay!! thats good!!! TY ^_^

        • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

          It’s called Lady Liberty and releases roughly 2 weeks after the international version (November 15th).

  • sherimae1324

    will these be also released in japan? if not im gonna import it… 

  • Speedo Redempteur

     i like the idea of different apperance to gain trust /advance in the story …

    This pleases me greatly

  • Speedo Redempteur

     i like the idea of different apperance to gain trust /advance in the story …

    This pleases me greatly

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K35CSLOA6NLDXWUVPCH5V3O7XA a

    LOL, they gave a black woman a whip and feel that our “40 arces and a mule.” First off, she not even real & they still shown white supremacy by having those “higher beings” as white ppl.

    • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

      There’s just no pleasing some people.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/K35CSLOA6NLDXWUVPCH5V3O7XA a

        Ignorant shallow ppl like urself should keep your mouth closed, b4 spitting out nonsenses. You dont know what pleasing me or not and if they were for black leads, they should had put a black woman in the first AC!

        • Bhunivelze

          better late than never? >_> I don’t see what is upsetting you. 

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/K35CSLOA6NLDXWUVPCH5V3O7XA a

            Do you know how to read properly? If you did, then it’ll be easy to comprehend, also stop using internet emo icons & typed in ACTUAL WORDS  ON HOW YOU FEEL. I’m not upset at ppl typng stupid things, just annoyed. Learn the difference, boy.

  • Doctor Nebula

    Just hoping the length won’t be as short as AC on the PSP, it was a great game but ended too fast.

  • isfuturebright

    Nice to see them taking some risks here :)

  • http://twitter.com/IcelandicHossi Hossi Blumengaarten

     A black character, REALLY

    she would have been lynched, people were crazy back then this game makes no sense

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Sir, perhaps you should consider the setting of French New Orleans and understand there was a reason they picked such a character at this specific period of time. It actually would have been possible.

      If we judged our games on what ‘made sense’ I can think of few that would make the cut. The monsters we regularly go out and slay don’t just drop fat loot and gold and I doubt any of the posters here are capable of posting up LeBron James.

  • CirnoLakes

    Is this the first game ever starring a black female..?

    Wow, just wow.

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