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Gamescom (probably Europe’s biggest gaming convention and trade show) was this past week, meaning that lots of new goodies were revealed about upcoming releases. Ubisoft, of course, was there and revealed a lot of new trailers and details about both upcoming Assassin’s Creed 3 games. It was revealed that in Liberation, Assasin’s Creed’s first female protagonist, Aveline de Grandpre, would have access to various costume changing areas throughout New Orleans, which would allow her to change her garb to allow easier access to restricted areas. While it is kind of annoying that the girl of course gets this feature—and yes, one of the costume options is for a slave or servant—I’m not terribly up in arms about it, at least not as much as a lot of people seem to be. Here’s why.

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At E3 you were introduced to the world Aveline. Yet we don't know much about her, could you please provide more background information onLiberations' protagonist? The story of Aveline is the story of Liberation, so we can't reveal everything just yet as I don't want to give away too many spoilers!

What I can tell you about Aveline is that she is of mixed heritage - her father is French and her mother African. She is born of a form of temporary marriage called plaçage, where wealthy young men would typically take an African, Chinese or Native American women for a bride before they later found a more "acceptable" French bride. Plaçage was created because not enough French women could be persuaded to immigrate to the New World, and resulted in many children. Some of the children were pressed into slavery, while others were truly loved by their fathers, and were raised and educated with all the benefits that their father's wealth could bring.

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Last week at Ubisoft, in addition to playing through a big honking naval battle in the full console version of Assassin's Creed III, I also had a chance to get my hands on its portable Vita counterpart, Assassin's Creed III: Liberation.

In the portable game, players take on the role of Aveline de Grandpré, a female assassin in 1700's New Orleans, and the first female protagonist of an Assassin's Creed game. I played the game for the first time, during which time I navigated a bayou and killed some dudes, and I also watched a hands-off (no touching!) portion in which Aveline donned a number of costumes and infiltrated a Spanish base.

This one had enough going on that it'll probably be easiest to just bullet-point it. So, let's start with the hands-off infiltration section.



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Assassin's Creed 3 Liberation

November 2013


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