Assassin's Creed 3 will feature an all-new hero of Native American descent named Connor Kenway. Ubisoft says that Connor's Native American ancestry won't be an after-thought and that they're putting a lot of effort into making sure that the character feels authentic.
"We took it very seriously when we decided to have a Native American assassin, we wanted someone who was one step removed — we didn’t want a Redcoat or a Patriot," AC3 creative director Alex Hutchinson said in a PlayStation.Blog Q&A. "We also really liked the idea of having a minority as the lead character, especially one that isn’t really represented in popular culture."
Ubisoft has typically consulted with historical experts when crafting Creed games. In order to depict Connor accurately, they're taking the same approach.
"It comes with a lot of risk as well; we’ve hired a Native American consultant to make sure we’re handling things appropriately, and the actor who voices Connor is Native American as well."
AC3 takes place throughout the course of the American Revolution. The game will follow Connor as he becomes an Assassin and joins the fight against the Templars. The conflict between the Templars and Assassins is the main focus rather than the Revolution itself.
"The narrative of the game is 'Assassins versus Templars,' it’s not about you saving the American Revolution," Hutchinson said. "You get involved in aspects of it; the story picks up before the Revolution kicks off and continues after it. So whenever you’re at these battle events, you’re never going to be in the line infantry shooting a rifle or serving as an actual soldier. You have an ulterior motive at the battle: Connor’s goal is to assassinate a specific person. Whoever else lives or dies in that battle is not something that concerns him."
Assassin's Creed 3 is due this October.