Assassin’s Creed III to feature naval combat

For many, Ubisoft’s defining moment for E3 2012 will undoubtedly be Watch Dogs. That doesn’t mean that the publisher didn’t give us new information on their most successful IP in company history: Assassin’s Creed.

During the Sony press conference, Ubisoft’s Alec Hutchinson and Philippe Ducharme got up on stage to reveal a new aspect of upcoming Assassin’s Creed III: naval combat. The American Revolution wasn’t only fought on land, but also at sea. This means that at some point during the game, Connor will get to command a ship in the open Caribbean seas, hunting down British galleons and peppering them with red-hot cannon balls.

These sections will also feature dynamic weather that might change throughout the course of your mission. In the gameplay trailer after the jump, you’ll see the striking, turquoise waters of the Caribbean sea transform into a dark, angry ocean as a storm builds during a confrontation with multiple British ships. Can’t say we were expecting naval combat in Assassin’s Creed III, but it looks awesome.

On top of the naval combat, Ubisoft showed off an extensive seven minutes of familiar Assassin’s Creed gameplay. The gameplay takes place in the Frontier during winter. You’ll get to see a number of mechanics in action that you might have read about in our feature preview in last month’s NAG magazine. Look out for Connor’s movements slowing as he trudges through deeper snow; the completely revamped climbing mechanic that allows Connor to climb through the trees at multiple angles ; and that delicious rope dart weapon being used to string up an enemy.

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