Everything we know
His name is Connor, and he’s an assassin.
We don’t have all that much information on Assassin’s Creed III’s main character, but after looking at the box art, the images released in Game Informer, and the leaks from different magazines and websites, we’re able to learn a lot about him. Take a look at all we’ve been able to gather as we go through everything we know about the new hero.
Be sure to check back from time to time as we update this list as new information is revealed. It’ll grow and grow as we learn more.
His name is Connor
The new protagonist finally has a name. Actually, he technically has two. He was born Ratohnhaké:ton, but now he calls himself Connor. We don’t know why, but we’re guessing it has something to do with his mixed heritage (which we’ll explain later)
He’s half Mohawk Native American
Several parts of the new assassin’s outfit confirm what was already rumored: he’s a Native American. From his boots to the eagle on his hood to the beaded arm band, everything about his outfit looks reminiscent of typical Native American attire, or at least what movies and television shows have told us their attire in the 1700s looked like.
Further information reveals that he’s actually half Native American – the son of a Mohawk Native American woman and a British man.
He uses a tomahawk in the shape of the Assassin’s Creed “A”
The new assassin’s tomahawk looks like it’s going to be his crowbar. Every image shows it in his hand, ready to be plunged into the chest of a British soldier (or, more likely, general). The fact that it’s shaped like the Assassin’s Creed “A” makes it even cooler, and we can’t wait to see what we can do with it. We’re hoping for the ability to throw it, because throwing axes at people is one of the coolest things you can do. Seriously, look it up. It’s a fact.
He’ll assassinate people during battles
Unless the game’s cover is pulling our leg, it looks like Assassin’s Creed III is going to have us assassinating people during battles. It actually fits right in line with the rest of the series – sneaking around a hectic battlefield while trying to blend into the mayhem while searching for a specific target is essentially an evolution of the series’ unorthodox stealth mechanics, and paves the road for other war-based Assassin’s Creed games in the future.
He looks like Ezio/Desmond/Altair
Again, this isn’t all that surprising. Connor is definitely related to Desmond. Ubisoft has been sure to give each of its protagonists similar looking features, and though the new guy doesn’t look like a clone of Ezio or Altair or Desmond, he definitely looks like their half-Native American uncle.
He fights for America
A few of the images show Connor standing in front of the American flag and fighting British soldiers. In other words: the new Assassin fights for the red, white, and blue (yes, we know the Union Jack is the same colors, but… shhh). This isn’t that big of a surprise – most games and movies paint the British forces as the bad guys in the Revolutionary War (sorry).
That’s not to say he won’t fight against some Americans as well, though. Templars are everywhere in the Assassin’s Creed universe, and we’d be shocked if he doesn’t take a hidden blade to a spy or two during the game.
Beyond that, however, there are other reasons this makes sense. Assassin’s Creed: Discovery explained that the Assassins knew of an Apple of Eden in North America, so it fits that it would have gotten to the continent first, only to be followed by Templars trying to take it back.
He’ll interact with George Washington and Benjamin Franklin
Not only is he fighting for America, but he’s fighting with some of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence. The back of the Game Informer cover shows someone who looks a lot like George Washington leading an army, and one of the pieces of art on GI’s website has the assassin standing behind the general during the famous crossing of the Delaware.
We’re also hearing that he’s going to be working closely with Benjamin Franklin and Charles Lee, as well as other historical players. We’re going to guess that Connor will be getting gadgets from Ben Franklin. Come on, you know that makes perfect sense.
He has a bow
We really wish we had more to say about this one, but, yeah, he has a bow. Every image of Connor has a bow on his back, meaning we’ll be able to take shots at enemies from afar. There’s a quiver, too, hinting that the bow will likely have a limited number of arrows that can be fired before he needs to get more, or pick them out of the bodies of his enemies like a total bad-ass.
He has two flintlock pistols
This is actually fairly interesting. In just about every picture, Connor is carrying a flintlock pistol, with another strapped to his side. This is important for several reasons. First, it means the hidden gun from Assassin’s Creed II likely isn’t returning, since there would be no reason to carry a few guns if there was one hidden in his sleeve. Second, it hints that he might be able to dual wield weapons, or to fire two shots without needing to (very slowly) reload.
And third, it reaffirms that he’s working with some high-class individuals. Typical soldiers didn’t carry flintlock pistols during the Revolutionary War, they were mostly carried by officers or generals. While we’re not going to say this proves that he’s a general or an officer, it definitely shows that he works with them quite a lot.
He has (at least one) hidden blade
While it looks like his main, signature weapon s going to be a tomahawk, the new assassin will still have at least one trusty hidden blade. On the game’s cover it’s right in plain view (not so hidden, is it?), but we don’t see it in any of the other images, so we don’t know if he’ll start with it, or gain it at some point in the game. We also don’t know if Assassin’s Creed II’s addition of a second blade will return, or if that will remain a signature Ezio thing.
He has a saber
Man, this guy sure is loaded up with weapons, isn’t he? On his side is a saber, which looks right in line with the swords used during the war. There’s a chance that it’s a cavalry saber, but we don’t get a close enough look at the full thing to make that distinction.
He has some pouches on his back
It might seem like a minor detail, but the fact that he has pouches on the back of his belt pretty much confirms that there will be some consumables in the game. We don’t know if bombs will return or if he’ll have some other type of limited-use weapons in them. What we do know is that the developers wouldn’t have just thrown them on his outfit for no reason. Ubisoft has been smarter than that with the Assassin’s Creed series, and we don’t expect them to randomly start throwing belts or pouches on characters for no reason like it’s a Final Fantasy game.
He’s a real Assassin (with a capital A)
It took a little while for Ezio to actually join in the fight against the Templars in Assassin’s Creed II. In the beginning he was just a guy out for revenge. This new character, however, is absolutely decked out in Assassin gear, with the emblem all over his outfit. It’s on his belt, it’s on his arms, and it’s on his axe. He’s not some guy who decided to start assassinating people, he’s a true Assassin, in the Assassin’s Brotherhood, fighting the fight against the Templars. He even has that Assassin’s Creed notched hood thing going on!
Eagles are important to him
Connor obviously has a connection to eagles. He has a number of eagle feathers on his outfit, and even one emblazoned on his hood. This, obviously, fits within Assassin’s Creed’s lore, which has the Assassin’s sharing a connection with eagles, and also fits in with his heritage.
Eagles (and eagle feathers) and considered sacred in many Native American cultures. The eagle is considered a messenger to god, and some cultures believed that the eagle had the power to protect people from evil. Since he’s part Native American, his association to the eagle is likely stronger than it was for the other assassins in past games, moving from a symbol to a sacred connection.
He can climb trees
This might seem minor, but it’s actually huge. Connor can climb trees, as seen from this screenshot, which has massive implications not just for the urban environments, but for the outdoors as well. Stalking prey through the forest by jumping between trees could be an awesome expansion of the Assassin’s Creed gameplay style, and we’re hoping it ends up being as cool as it sounds.
He can hunt
According to reports, about 1/3 of Assassin’s Creed III takes place out in the open. A screenshot released shows Connor stalking prey, making us think that he’s going to be able to hunt animals in the expansive wilderness. Hopefully he’ll be able to do something with the animals he kills, or else we’re sure some people might be upset to find out that he’s not using every part of the animals he slays.