The Assassin’s Creed series is one firmly rooted in the gameplay style and narrative elements set forth all the way back in 2007 when the first game was released. While the two most recent installments, Brotherhood and Revelations may have deviated a bit from the established template, they were still easily recognizable at first glance as members of the Assassin’s Creed family. Early this year, we found out that the next chapter in the series would take place during the American Revolution and feature a new protagonist. It’s not surprising that, after the initial indications of these significant changes, Assassin’s Creed III features a variety of new elements. As with any major shifts in an established gaming franchise, fans stand at the ready to pass judgement. Do these changes serve to add real substance to the experience or would they have been better left on the cutting floor?