Ubisoft Community Developer Gabriel Graziani has posted up some fresh Gamescom 2012 video trailers today showcasing Naval Battles and AC3 Liberation in Assassin's Creed III for the PS3 entertainment system.
To quote: To celebrate Gamescom in Cologne, Germany this week, we're giving fans an in-depth look at the breathtaking naval combat in Assassin's Creed III! Submerge yourself in our latest trailer below.
Let's get in to what you just saw in that trailer, because there are a ton of little gameplay nuggets hidden inside it.
First off, check out the attention to detail on the crew and their activities on the deck of Connor's ship, the Aquila... we really wanted to convey the buzzing hive of energy that a ship this size requires just to keep it moving, let alone enter combat.
And when the weather gets rough, Connor may need to put his deft Assassin acrobatics to use, climbing around the rigging and ensuring the sails are properly maintained and operational.
Enemy ships aren't the only threat you'll face along the Eastern shores of North America. Fortunately, you'll have deck guns capable of rotating to remove stationary threats like mines, or even some of the smaller ships that threaten the Aquila.
For the really heavy ships, however, you'll want to use the combined might of your broadside cannons, which you can load with a wide variety of different ammunition.
A few types of ammo you'll put to use: grape shot (for taking out enemy crewmen), chain shot (shatters masts leaving hostile ships ripe for boarding) and even hot shot (heated cannon balls that turn splintered deck planks into blazing tinder).
Assassin's Creed III will truly demonstrate the astounding breadth of combat in the American Revolution!
But the sea is not the only setting of the War for Independence, and Connor is not the only Assassin hero of the era...
By now you have probably met our newest Assassin, appearing only on PlayStation Vita: Aveline de Grandpré. Born of mixed French and African ancestry in New Orleans, Louisiana, Aveline grew up among the trappings of luxury afforded by her father's station as a wealthy merchant.
She joined the Assassins after becoming aware of the stark contrasts between societal classes, which spurred her to fight on behalf of those who could not defend themselves. Let's get to know a little more about how Aveline will operate as an Assassin by watching the video below...
The first tools you see Aveline employ are the Blowgun and the Sugar-Cane Machete. While the Machete functions similarly to a sword or axe, carving up Templars with heavy swings, the Blowgun is a much more stealthy and subdued weapon. Its silence makes it undetectably lethal, even at long range.
Taking full advantage of PS Vita's touch-pad functionality, Aveline can execute devastating chain kill combos, illustrated in the video as the "Touch To Kill" feature. Once Aveline has satisfied certain combat requirements, she can use her superior Assassin senses to fell multiple assailants in one fluid movement.
Taking PS Vita's unique hardware features even further, some navigation will also be facilitated through "Touch To Move" sequences.
If you've been paying close attention, you may have picked up a hint at the Persona System - a skill Aveline employs in order to move seamlessly and stealthily between the various social strata of the time.
This is just a tiny taste of what we have in store, but we'll take a more detailed look at this innovative new feature in future PlayStation.Blog entries!
(And, yes, you did see Aveline wrestle a 'gator... that happened.)