Assassin’s Creed III appeared in 2012 and is the fifth major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series, and a direct sequel to 2011’s Assassin’s Creed Revelations. The game was released worldwide for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, beginning in North America on October 30, 2012, with a Wii U and Microsoft Windows release following in November 2012.
Desmond Miles still has to relive the memories of his ancestors to find a way to prevent the 2012 apocalypse. The story is set in the 18th century, before, during and after the American Revolution from 1754 to 1783, and follows Desmond’s half-English, half-Mohawk ancestor, Ratonhnhaké:ton (/ˈrəduːnˈhəɡeɪduːn/), also known as Connor, as he fights the Templars’ attempts to gain control in the colonies.
Connor is able to freely explore 18th-century Boston, New York City, and the American frontier to complete side missions away from the primary storyline. The game also features a multiplayer component, allowing players to compete online to complete solo and team based objectives including assassinations and evading pursuers. Ubisoft developed a new game engine, Anvil Next, for the game.
The game received positive reviews from critics, who praised it for its gameplay, narrative, diverse cast of characters, visuals and grand, ambitious scale, while criticism was directed at the unevenly developed gameplay mechanics and the glitches within the game. It was a massive commercial success, selling more than 12 million copies worldwide. Its sequel, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, was released in October 2013, and follows Ratonhnhaké:ton’s grandfather – Edward Kenway – a pirate and Assassin operating in the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy.