Ubisoft Announces AC3: Liberation for PS Vita and Naval Battle for AC3

At the Sony E3 2012 presentation last night, Ubisoft revealed more details about their upcoming game, Assassin’s Creed III. For the first time in the series, players will be able to engage in naval warfare.

Ubisoft Creative Director, Alex Hutchinson, remarked, “As astute readers of history will know, the Revolution was not just fought on land, but also…at sea.” With that, the Assassin’s Creed III naval warfare demo launched, showing viewers a vista of the Caribbean sea. True to their attempts to keep Assassin’s Creed III as close to history as possible (minus the part with the assassins and templars of course), the developers at Ubisoft have made an effort to recreate the seas of the time period.

Here are some other facts about this aspect of the game:

  • A weather system that changes in a moment
  • Connor will captain a ship, putting the player in direct control of the action
  • Steer the ship to avoid enemy gunfire and position your cannons for an attack
  • A little grid will appear on the water to show you the range of your cannons
  • As you fight with other ships, your ship will begin to show the damage it’s taken
  • Board enemy ships

Ubisoft also announced Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for PS Vita. Built exclusively for the PS Vita, Liberation features a female assassin and looks to be set in Louisiana at roughly the same time as AC3. Some more fun facts:

  • Open-world experience
  • Touch controls
  • Camera and near functionality

Liberation will also link to your PS3 copy of AC3, providing you with “cross goods,” including:

  • Connor’s tomahawk
  • Exclusive character skin
  • Multiplayer characters
  • Upgraded ammunition pouches

Liberation will be released on the same date as AC3: October 30, 2012. There will also be a special PS Vita bundle that comes with the game, a “crystal white” Wi-Fi Vita, and a 4GB memory card. No price was given for this bundle.

Check out the official Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation reveal trailer below:

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