Assassin's Creed 3 Creative Director Alex Hutchinson spoke with the publication about the importance of cementing facts in historical fiction.
"Usually we're trying to be truthful," Hutchinson said. "And we like it — I should say we don't mind it — if the truth is uncomfortable, if we can back it up with facts."
Research is an important factor in crafting storylines. For Assassin's Creed 3, when it came to the half-Native American star Connor, the developers consulted a Native American cultural center to perfect the details. Real-life figures, such as the Founding Fathers, required careful studying as well.
"These are real people; they have their ups and downs, their opinions," said Hutchinson. "And when we can find documented evidence of an opinion they had or something they asked for and it was just true, then we were happy to put that in the game. But we tried not to have our subjective layer come into it; we saved that for the fictional storyline and fictional characters."
Assassin's Creed 3 releases on Oct. 30 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. A Wii U version is expected on Nov. 18, followed by the PC release on Nov. 20.