Assassin's Creed III: Liberation

PSVITA / Action Adventure / Release: Oct 30, 2012 / ESRB: M

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Assassin's Creed Liberation HD confirmed for PC and consoles

Assassin's Creed Liberation HD confirmed for PC and consoles

Word of Assassin's Creed Liberation HD leaked last week, but we had no idea what it was beyond wildly guessing it was an HD revamp of Vita spin-off Well gee gosh golly, that's exactly what it is, Ubisoft announced today, coming for download on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Assassin's Creed Liberation HD and other Ubisoft games leaked

Assassin's Creed Liberation HD and other Ubisoft games leaked

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation was a Vita-exclusive spin-off starring Aveline de Grandpré, the first playable female African assassin in the franchise. While it wasn't particularly well received, there are many fans unable to play it due to the platform it landed on. Well, it appears Ubisoft is making an HD port of the game.

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No new Assassin's Creed game for Vita because of AC4

No new Assassin's Creed game for Vita because of AC4

Why is there no new Assassin's Creed game for Vita this year? It's all Assassin's Creed 4's fault, apparently. Ubisoft Sofia, the team that made Liberation, was tasked to help with AC4 instead of making a brand new game for the handheld.

"Liberation actually did very well - we're very proud of it," Black Flag game director Ashraf Ismail explained. "Sales were fairly decent. But the focus for us was Assassin's Creed 4, for current-gen consoles and next-gen consoles.

Read more: Not enough 'resources' for Vita game »

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Next Assassin's Creed to feature new hero in new time, coming fiscal 2014

Next Assassin's Creed to feature new hero in new time, coming fiscal 2014

Say goodbye to Connor. Say farewell to America. The next Assassin's Creed won't follow the model established by AC2. Instead of having a spin-off game continuing Connor's story, Ubisoft's next Assassin's Creed game will actually take place in an all new time period with a brand new hero.

Read more: 'An all new team' working on Assassin's Creed 4 »

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Writers Guild video game nominees announced

Writers Guild video game nominees announced

Awards season for video games doesn't just touch on our isolated corner of enthusiasts. Those who make their living penning scripts have gotten some recognition from the Writers Guild of America, and "Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing" is its own category.

Read more: Halo 4, Assassin's Creed 3 among nominees »

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Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation review: lacking character

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation review: lacking character

Late into sequence two of Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation, one of the mission subtitles is "Do the mentor's dirty work." Replace "dirty" with "busy" and you have the entire Liberation experience. The opening scene sees protagonist and first female assassin Aveline chasing a chicken as a child. Then, she falls asleep and wakes up as an adult and starts killing guards, pick pocketing, and infiltrating cocktail parties. Why? Like the rest of the narrative, it's never made particularly clear.

Read more: Technical issues abound »

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Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation suffers save-game bug

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation suffers save-game bug

You may want to watch your copy of Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation carefully. A bug has hit the game that prevents loads from saving properly, keeping the player stuck in the loading screen. Ubisoft is investigating the problem.

Read more: A costume change at fault? »

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Dev diary shows Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation controls in action

Dev diary shows Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation controls in action

You've seen game play trailers and read stories about Aveline's adventures in Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation, but a new developer diary for the game actually shows you how the swipe and optional touch controls come together to create the immersive game play.

Watch: Gameplay in action »

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Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation trailer shows off Aveline's disguises

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation trailer shows off Aveline's disguises

Aveline, hero of Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation, intrigues us. Not only because she's the franchise's first female assassin--but because she can assume many different roles to blend into society.

Born from a French father and an African mother, Aveline is able to take advantage of her mixed race heritage to blend into all facets of historic Louisiana society. That's the basis of the game's "Persona System," which Ubisoft details in this brand new trailer.

Watch: Slave, Lady, and Assassin »

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Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation to have Connor cameo

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation to have Connor cameo

While Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation will be set in different locales, that won't keep the two main characters from meeting each other in the Vita version, according to lead story writer Corey May.

Watch: First developer diary for Liberation »

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Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation preview: personality, conflict

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation preview: personality, conflict

The task facing Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation may be more daunting than the high expectations of Assassin's Creed 3. The series has never really found a portable home, forcing the game to face double-duty in both subverting negative reactions and living up to the legacy. In an extended hands-on demo of the game, my own skepticism faded and was replaced by hope that the positive signs it shows so far are true indication of its potential.

Read more: Costume changes to impact gameplay »

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Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation preview

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation preview

You could say that history is against Assassin's Creed III: Liberation. There have been a million handheld spinoffs of major franchises, and almost none of them have stood out in any substantive way. Ubisoft, of course, hopes to change all that.

To do that, Liberation needs is to be able to stand on its own as a substantive effort in the series. It needs to push the limits of the Vita, but also care to work within them. Think God of War: Chains of Olympus for the PSP, for instance, which was a visually impressive effort that neatly managed the platform's lack of a second analog stick. It's an uphill climb, to be sure, but Liberation seems to be on the right track.

Read more: To New Orleans, and beyond! »

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Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation 'developed' by Abstergo Entertainment

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation 'developed' by Abstergo Entertainment

How does Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation fit into the series canon? From what we've seen so far, it doesn't appear Connor nor Desmond will play a role in this Vita-exclusive spin-off. Apparently, it's the first game in the franchise to be developed by "Abstergo Entertainment," a branch of the villainous corporation at the heart of the franchise.

The game isn't actually being developed by a fictional company, of course. The real-world developer is Ubisoft Sofia (Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars). However, fans of the franchise's intricate lore will be mesmerized by the possibilities opened by Liberation's unique premise.

Read more: Is it propaganda? »

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Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation trailer shows a pirate's life

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation trailer shows a pirate's life

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation, the Vita tie-in game to AC3, looks like a definite step up from the series' last portable outing. That's probably partly because it stars a saucy pirate lass. A new trailer touts the game's E3 accolades, and shows her in action climbing roofs and stabbing fools -- you know, the usual assassin stuff.

Watch: A pirate's life for me »

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Fassbender to star in Assassin's Creed movie

Fassbender to star in Assassin's Creed movie

Michael Fassbender, who has starred in recent sci-fi movies Prometheus and X-Men: First Class, will take on the lead role of an as-yet unnamed assassin as Ubisoft moves to bring its Assassin's Creed franchise to the big screen.

Read more: Which Assassin will he play? »

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