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If you've been following this blog for the past few months, you know Ubisoft has been letting out a steady drip of free games monthly to celebrate the company's 30 years in business. The games have all been relatively new, with the oldest title being 2002's Splinter Cell. When the promotion was announced, many folks probably anticipated a title in the company's current blockbuster franchise, Assassin's Creed, to be in the mix, though most probably weren't expecting it to be the third outing. Prepare yourself for the franchise's silver screen debut and download Assassin's Creed III now, for free, as part of Ubisoft's promotion by clicking below!
To download the game, you'll need a U-Play account, part of Ubisoft's online service. If you've played Watch Dogs, The Division or any of the company's Assassin's Creed titles, it's likely you already have one that you can log into. You'll also need the Uplay application for your PC, which you can download directly from the Ubi 30 website linked above.
Assassin's Creed III had big shoes to fill when it released in 2012 for the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. It had been three years since Ubisoft Montreal had released a numbered entry in the franchise, and the jump to Revolutionary-era America was a major temporal leap from II, Brotherhood and Revelations' setting in Renaissance Europe. By the way, if you want to play those games, they're available as part of the Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection, remastered for current consoles.
Ubisoft took major gameplay risks, introducing the sea battles that would be refined in the following year's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. They also took storytelling risks, introducing a playable Templar main character, Haytham Kenway, who becomes the antagonist by the end of AC:III. You play as Ratonhnhaké:ton, AKA Connor, a Mohawk member who ends up involved in several of the main conflicts in the American Revolutionary War. The framing narrative still includes series protagonist Desmond Miles, who is accessing Connor's memories through the Animus machine, as he'd done in every title of the game to date.
The Assassin's Creed series has been on hiatus (except for the remastered Ezio collection) since the release of Syndicate in October 2015. The franchise was dealt a major setback with Syndicate's predecessor, Unity, releasing with game-breaking bugs on Day 1. While megastar Michael Fassbender is set to appear in an adaptation of the franchise in theaters later this month, there have been scant announcements of a new game in the series aside from rumors earlier this year the next game would be set in ancient Egypt.
What's your favorite Assassin's Creed game? Are you excited for the film adaptation? Let us know in the comments below, and check back soon for another free game.