Assassin's Creed III: Liberation will be an entertainment product within the universe of Assassin's Creed.
Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation isn't just an upcoming Vita game. It's also an entertainment product from Abstergo Industries, the multinational pharmaceutical company and shadow front for the oppressive Templars in the Assassin's Creed fiction.
Traditionally, an Assassin's Creed single-player campaign stars a modern character named Desmond who experiences the lives of his brethren via a machine called the Animus. According to the writer of Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation, Richard Farrese, the game will not have a modern-day character, and will be set entirely in the past. In our world, it is being developed by Ubisoft Sofia — the creators of the Nintendo 3DS cult favorite, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars — but in the world of AC, it is being developed by Abstergo.
Farrese couldn't reveal more details about what role the "product" plays in the Assassin's Creed universe, but he did compare it to the story of the multiplayer in previous games, which were like historical training sessions for Templar recruits.
Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation remains one of our most anticipated Vita games. Though previews are still hands-off, the presentation showed a game that looked visually comparable to the original Assassin's Creed, with many more abilities. We saw the game's heroine, Aveline, sprint through the streets, scaling trees and weaving through tree branches, similar to how Ezio called for fellow Assassins in Brotherhood and Revelations.
A nifty touchscreen feature allows the player to freeze time, select a number of enemies and launch a sequence of kills. The number of selectable enemies is equal to a power bar that fills based on the player's performance.
The game will be set in New Orleans, the Louisiana bayou, and Mexico in the late 18th century. Farrese could not be more specific regarding Mexico, though considering the apocalyptic and historical narrative of the series, Teotihuacan seems like a natural fit. It's also worth mentioning Assassin's Creed 3 will also take place around Mayan ruins, some of which are in and around Mexico.
Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation will be released on October 30th, 2012, the same day as Assassin's Creed 3.