The Assassin’s Creed series has thus far featured only male assassins. From Altair to Ezio to the newest member of the Brotherhood, Connor, those hoping for a female protagonist have been let down. Now, however, a rumor has surfaced that not only will a companion game for Assassin’s Creed III be coming to PlayStation Vita, but that game will feature a female assassin for the first time in series history.
The leak comes from a poster on NeoGAF, who claims the information will be in the newest issue of Game Informer. According to the community member, the game will be called Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation and will take place in New Orleans between 1765 and 1800. The assassin, named Aveline, will be of mixed descent, much like Connor. Rather than being half-Native American and half-British, Aveline will be half-French and half-African American.
Unlike every Assassin’s Creed title to this point, Liberation will not connect Desmond in any way. The way the storyline gets around this is by saying that the game is propaganda released by Abstergo to allow people to see what it’s like to live as an assassin, rather than a Templar.
For those worried about the title being a gimped version of the main Assassin’s Creed titles, Liberation is said to possess “true Assassin’s Creed gameplay,” as well as “multiplayer specifically tailored to the Vita experience.” The title is also said to feature wildlife, such as alligators, and a large portion of New Orleans able to be explored with no loading. According to the leak, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation will hit stores the same day, October 30, as our pick for “Best in Show” at PAX East 2012, Assassin’s Creed III.
[Update: We don't have physical copies in yet, but we've heard from several of our readers that we can now move this from the "rumor" to "confirmed" list.]
[via NeoGAF, Game Informer]