Things have been a little strange for Ubisoft’s flagship series lately. After foregoing a 2016 installment to focus on product quality and the release of a tie-in movie of middling appeal, Ubisoft returned with two controversial, distant-past Assassin’s Creed games which were marred by aggressive monetization tactics. While it’s hard to say which time period will be the focus of the next original release, Ubisoft took to YouTube yesterday to announce that AC fans will be headed back to the American Revolutionary War in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed III Remastered.
The trailer, which stretches just past one and a half minutes, offers multiple side-by-side comparisons of the original and remaster. It’s a marked improvement, especially considering just how janky the game seemed when it first dropped back in 2012. This leap to the current console generation may even attract a newer audience who skipped this somewhat overlooked entry into the series during its initial debut.
This overhauled version will include all of the game’s single player DLC, as well as a remaster of the one-time Vita exclusive, Assassin’s Creed Liberation; an AC III side-story which released in tandem with the main game (though it eventually found its way to consoles and PC). During an era in which big-name publishers have the gall to charge full-price for a remastered title, and then sell the game’s DLC separately, this comes across as a nice gesture from Ubisoft.
Unfortunately, for those who want to take to the streets of Boston with friends, the game’s slightly offbeat multiplayer mode won’t be making a return, though it’s hard to imagine most AC fans getting worked up over its absence. Some fans have also voiced their concerns about the publisher’s ability to handle a proper remaster, citing 2016’s underwhelming Ezio Collection, which nearly did more harm than good to the classic trilogy.
While a remastered Assassin’s Creed III is certainly welcomed, some have been left wondering as to why Ubisoft didn’t opt to re-do the original game. Given that it was released over a decade ago, the first Assassin’s Creed title is in dire need of a facelift which, at this point, it may never receive.
Nevertheless, Assassin’s Creed III Remastered is slated for a March 29 release date on PC and console. What’s more, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey season pass holders will be receiving the remaster free of charge. A Switch version has also been rumored, though Ubisoft has yet to provide any solid evidence of that being in the works.