Assassin's Creed 3 isn't just getting a visual overhaul in its forthcoming remastered re-release (though, let's not discount that, because it's looking perty), as Ubisoft has detailed a string of mechanical changes and gameplay improvements.
In its March Assassin's Creed update, Ubisoft writes that new stealth features such as "the ability to hide in bushes, call enemies over with a whistle, and perform double assassinations" are all being added. It says that this will create "a better balance between action and stealth".
The infamous canoe, that featured in press shots but not in the final game.
Other changes include an overhaul of the game's UI "to better align with today's standards". This includes new colour-blind settings that will make it easier to spot enemies on the mini map.
The in-game economy has also been touched up, making it "easily visible" and additional weapons will be craftable, too.
While we're here, let's talk about those technical improvements, too. The remaster will bring higher-resolution textures, 4K and HDR support, and models will now receive lighting more realistically. Which will make those times you're stalking through the wild woods under dappled sunlight all the more impressive.
You can see the effect of those enhancements in this comparison trailer, Ubisoft put out in February:
While Assassin's Creed 3 wasn't the best loved in the series at launch - receiving criticism for its very gentle learning curve that saw you playing what was essentially a tutorial for the first five hours - it's exciting to see Ubisoft return to the game and overhaul it for modern machines and new players. It also gives hope that Ubisoft will return to other games in the series and give them the same treatment. A refreshed Assassin's Creed 2 or Black Flag would be high on my list.
Who knows, maybe the publisher can release Unity in the state it *should* have been at launch, with fewer animation and model bugs. Because the French Revolution-era Paris setting of that game was full of potential, sadly undermined by the aforementioned headaches.
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