"It's About English And English"
Ubisoft will apparently be putting historical accuracy over jingoism when it comes to Assassin's Creed III's setting. Lead writer Matt Turner has spoken out to state that the story is "not about America ra ra" since it's set before the country was officially founded, thus making the conflict a very English affair.
Speaking to OPM UK, Turner revealed that Assassin's Creed 3 will explore themes of liberty and community rather than rampant patriotism, setting the backdrop for new protagonist Connor to stealthily murder the Templars on both sides of the "civil war."
It’s funny; I’ve seen stuff from some British fans saying they don’t feel comfortable killing their ancestors. I always find that kind of ironic because killing someone else’s ancestors is fine? Also, they were British in Assassin’s Creed 1 in the Crusades, so you were fine with that?
The truth of the matter is that America didn’t exist until 1783 and that’s when our game ends. At that point it’s not about American or English; it’s about English and English and that’s something we want to be very clear on.
It’s not about America ra ra, it’s about freedom and community and about how people are treated in that kind of a situation. And how they want to find their own identity. I think that’s something that’s universal to anybody.
Assassin's Creed 3 will apparently also feature an unflinching look at slavery, which was rife at the time. Turner believes that it "deserves a certain amount of attention" and "needs to be treated with the utmost respect," but that it won't be a central pillar of the storyline.