The sea battles of 'Assassin's Creed 3' won't be much of the game

Assassin's Creed 3's lovingly-detailed sea battles won't be much of the main game, Ubisoft tells Polygon.

Assassin's Creed 3's lovingly-detailed sea battles won't be much of the main game, Ubisoft tells Polygon.

The entirety of the game's sea battles will be two main line missions and two hours of side content, said Steven Masters, lead game designer at Ubisoft.

Masters showed off half of one of those "mainline missions" during a presentation at Gamescom this week. In it, players take the helm of the Saint Esprit during the historic Battle of Chesapeake Bay.

The Battle of Chesapeake Bay was one of the most important sea engagements during the American War of Independence, Masters explained as he maneuvered the ship through rolling waters on the Wii U version of the game. While the battle had no outright victors, it was enough to stop the British from reinforcing Charles Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. As a result, Cornwallis surrendered.

In the Assassin's Creed 3 mission the player is tasked first with destroying five frigates, something Masters did handily by switching between a variety of ammo including grapeshot and heat shot.

Nearby, another Ubisoft employee showed off the same section of the game on a Playstation 3. Sitting in front of the Wii U version, I couldn't tell a difference between the two versions of the game.

After defending the harbor by wiping out the frigates, the player has to maneuver the Esprit through other enemy ships to locate a Man-of-War being captained by a templar. Once located, the player has to get aboard the ship, take out the captain and return to the Esprit to complete the mission.

The demo, which took maybe 20 minutes to complete, was about half of one of Assassin's Creed 3's two main sea battle missions, Masters said. It takes place about three-quarters of the way through the game.

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