The Art of Assassin’s Creed IIIPosted 4:50 pm on Friday, December 28th, 2012 by John 'Spartan' Nguyen
The Art of Assassin’s Creed III is a hardcover art book made for fans of the Assassin’s Creed series. If you’re into concept art, then this book is definitely worth checking out. It’s a pretty comprehensive art book that covers almost everything from the game.
With the new protagonist, Connor, the art team went crazy with their ideas on how the half-Native/half-English Assassin should look like. We get some crazy concepts that ranges from being very Native American to very English. For me personally, I like the very Native-American look. In the end, the cover art above is the final one you see in the game. Of course, he does have other outfits that he can wear in the game.
Connor’s many different weapons are also featured in the art book. We get to see how the hidden blade works conceptually. To be honest, I didn’t notice that the hidden blade could turn into a hand-held knife in the game, but to have the blade retract perpendicularly is a nice touch. The rope dart is one of his other cooler moves. Even though it’s an Asian weapon, the art team liked the idea so much that they incorporated it as one of Connor’s signature weapons. The best example of the rope dart in action in other video games is Mortal Kombat‘s Scorpion.
The art team also created their own rendition of other characters in the game, including our founding fathers like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and more.
The past and present settings are showcased, including the big city life in present-day New York and historical New York. It’s a very stark contrast, as present-day New York is represented by a lot of lights and looks sleek, while the New York from the American Revolution is dirty and damaged (You can thank the British for that). The book also goes into detail on other famous landmarks and events from the American Revolution including the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Lexington and Concord, Boston and New York.
My favorite artworks are mainly the ones involving the Appalachian wilderness. With the winter season, the wilderness is covered in snow. There’s an artwork featuring Connor roaming through the forest with corpses all around him. It seems serene, since the snow that covers them makes the scenery look peaceful.
We also get many different conceptual art for the sea battles, the Temple, the assassins who join Connor’s cause, and the many different variations of the city and wilderness.
The only thing I wished was added to the book were the character designs for the online multiplayer characters. Other than that, the book 144-page hardcover is a perfect addition to any fan’s Assassin’s Creed collection.
Art of Assassin’s Creed III can be purchased at the Titan Books site.
John “Spartan” Nguyen is the editor-in-chief at Nerd Reactor and is based in Orange County, CA. He is a graphic designer and illustrator.