„The strongest weapon against tyranny is the will of the individual… it’s time to RISE“

When I sacrifice my youth to defend what is ours.
When I say no to a law we never voted for.
When I stop feeding an empire a world away.
When I surrender my body, not my mind.
When I ask God to look the other way.
When I refuse to learn the history of a country I will never see
When I decide it will be them, not us. 

Probably the best trailer Ubisoft made so far for the entire series; even better than the E3 trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Revelations! I read a lot of comments about it being a bit too patriotic and having a typical American point of view on history but what the heck, it makes a lot of sense if you look at the series. The Assassin Order mainly fights for the survival of the free will which is one of the key components of freedom. The USA is the result of thirteen colonies breaking free from the British Empire, the Declaration of Independence states:

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

Freedom of speech, freedom of press and freedom of religion are also parts of this unalienable rights.

The time period in the first AC game showed us the conflicts in the Holy Land during the 12th century. It established the whole Assassins against Templar’s endgame and played with the image of the “real” Assassins and Templar’s. The other main AC games (ACII, ACB, ACR) all played mainly in Italy during the Renaissance which is often referred to as being the beginning of the modern era with the humanism being one of its main philosophies:

“Humanism is an approach in study, philosophy, world view, or practice that focuses on human values and concerns, attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters.”

The person as individual came into focus as well as the freedom of said individual. The Renaissance also was one factor which paved the way for the Age of Enlightenment – our modern idea of freedom was developed during that age and its mindsets also influenced both, the French and the American Revolution. It’s therefore totally logical that Assassin’s Creed III plays in the time period of the American Revolution.

Besides, both Desmond and William Miles are Americans, Lucy Stillmann was probably as well as she was trained by William, Abstergo seems to be based in the US and at the end of ACR it’s implicated that the central vault is around modern upstate New York. Connor Kenway is said to be the child of a British father and a Native American mother, he is probably going to have an interesting point of view on the things happening around him and one should never forget that the America during the revolution is not the same as the modern day one and that it’s also important how they connect his story with Desmond’s and the rest of the family.

And because I also love the translated version:
German version of the RISE trailer


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