The latest Assassin’s Creed III trailer has emerged, and in it we see Connor killing not just British troops, but also American Colonists. This comes as pleasant news to those who previously saw Connor only kill Brits, but it will obviously strike a chord with many other people (especially patriots). In that case, it’s important to know exactly what Connor is fighting for. He’s not tied to a single side in AC3, and this means we may see the series return to touching on themes of grey morality that we haven’t quite seen since the first game in the series.

The trailer already states that Connor is a “conflicted” protagonist, meaning he has inner conflict. He finds it difficult to pick a single side during the American Revolution, because both sides have information and assets that he can use in his quest. When he joins the Brotherhood, he will more than likely be versed in their philosophy; “Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.” That means the lies of morality are not to be followed, and killing anyone who is in conflict with a certain is goal is both necessary and permitted.

One should remember that Connor is not fighting so he can end the war. He’s fighting to avenge the slaughter of his villagers at the beginning of the game. That means he’s happy to cut through anyone who stands in his way until he finds the ones responsible, whom may very well be Colonists themselves. It was stated a while back Connor’s village was wiped out by Colonists, which wouldn’t be out the question. After all, as Iron Maiden once famously proclaimed “white man came, across the sea, he brought us pain, and misery”.

It’s important to remember that nobody is “the good guy” in real life. Conflict arises simply due to different ideologies clashing, and not because one side is inherently good or evil. Everyone has flaws and makes mistakes, as much as people don’t want to admit it, and it’s very true that American Colonists did very morally questionable things.

I really enjoyed the villains from the first Assassin’s Creed, largely due to the fact that they weren’t really ‘villains at all’. Many were sympathetic and had actual reasons for doing the things they did, which constantly made you question if you were in fact the ‘good guy.’ I for one really appreciate such moral complexity in my games, and it’s refreshing to see it return in this series. If anything, Connor killing an American is a good sign; one that signifies Assassin’s Creed III is brave enough to explore some deep and unsettling themes.

Michael Urban
Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at michaelurban@onlysp.escapistmagazine.com. Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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18 Comments

  1. v000000t! Iron Maiden!

  2. Ridiculous headline.

    1. What&#039s wrong with it? Or did you not read the actual article and just read the headline.

  3. I see nothing wrong with the headline. If you actually took the time to read the article then you&#039d know why the name is justified.

  4. connor&#039s not really driven by vengeance, the devs said that while ezio&#039s family deat drove him to avenge them, connor&#039s village slaughter makes connor driven by justice, to ensure the same thing won&#039t happen to other innocent people rather than finding the ones responsible for destroying his village.

  5. v000000t! Iron Maiden!

  6. Ridiculous headline.

    1. What's wrong with it? Or did you not read the actual article and just read the headline.

  7. I see nothing wrong with the headline. If you actually took the time to read the article then you'd know why the name is justified.

  8. connor's not really driven by vengeance, the devs said that while ezio's family deat drove him to avenge them, connor's village slaughter makes connor driven by justice, to ensure the same thing won't happen to other innocent people rather than finding the ones responsible for destroying his village.

  9. The thing I hate about AC is that their villains are so fucking bad (like shitty writing bad), they are so fucking one dimensional and like EVIL, they lack humanity. They want order, fine. They seek to gain it by other means but shit do they lack humanity, they are impossible to relate to. The Byzantines make a perfect example, and in that case we never even meet a good greek to show another side to the byzantines.
    Well atleast here we&#039ll have good Colonists? Either way idiotic headline, you just want to see "americans" die just because? What?!

    1. We&#039re not saying we want to see americans "die", it&#039s basically a pointer to everyone who compalined about it for so damn long. Grow up.

    2. Did you play the first game? The 9 targets in that game are the exact opposite of what I&#039d call one-dimensional and unrelatable antagonists.

      Also, your claim of me simply wanting to see Americans die is absurd. I was stating that it was &#039refreshing&#039, in the sense that it deviates from simple-minded morality not just in previous entries in the series (2, Brotherhood), but in most games.

  10. lol RISE….hmmm where I have seen that before this year….

  11. The thing I hate about AC is that their villains are so fucking bad (like shitty writing bad), they are so fucking one dimensional and like EVIL, they lack humanity. They want order, fine. They seek to gain it by other means but shit do they lack humanity, they are impossible to relate to. The Byzantines make a perfect example, and in that case we never even meet a good greek to show another side to the byzantines.
    Well atleast here we'll have good Colonists? Either way idiotic headline, you just want to see "americans" die just because? What?!

    1. We're not saying we want to see americans "die", it's basically a pointer to everyone who compalined about it for so damn long. Grow up.

    2. Did you play the first game? The 9 targets in that game are the exact opposite of what I'd call one-dimensional and unrelatable antagonists.

      Also, your claim of me simply wanting to see Americans die is absurd. I was stating that it was 'refreshing', in the sense that it deviates from simple-minded morality not just in previous entries in the series (2, Brotherhood), but in most games.

  12. lol RISE….hmmm where I have seen that before this year….

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