Assassin's Creed III will be released for Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Wii U on October 31, publisher Ubisoft has confirmed.
The largest project in Ubisoft's 25-year history, Assassin's Creed IIIis set in 1777 as the American Revolutionary War rages across North America. The new protagonist, Ratohnaké:ton - yes, that's a colon - is of Native American and English descent but soon adopts the name Connor, passing from untamed frontier to colonial towns and rural battlefields.
Assassin's Creed III has been in development for three years, with twice the production capacity of any previous Ubisoft project. It runs on Ubisoft-AnvilNext, a new engine which the publisher says "delivers breakthroughs in visual quality, character models and artificial intelligence."
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said: "Assassin's Creed III features the franchise's most expansive setting so far, along with an exciting new hero and exponentially more gameplay.
"Whether you're a longtime fan of Assassin's Creed or if you're new to the franchise, you're going to be blown away by the scale and marvel of Assassin's Creed III."
Further details will be revealed in the next issues of our sister publications Nintendo Gamer (out March 23), Official PlayStation Magazine and Official Xbox Magazine, both of which will be on shelves on March 20.