Assassin's Creed III was launched last night as a midnight extravaganza with much fanfare. We visited Federation of Gamers store in Delhi, the only store in North India to host the midnight launch, where we found the venue occupied by droves of fans of the franchise. We found that there were many women in the crowd too, something that the gaming scene is not really used to.
Once the shutters were raised to the store (about 10 minutes to midnight), fans were greeted by the Assassin Connor himself, or rather a store employee dressed quite impressively like Connor.
The midnight launch, though open to the general public, was especially geared to appease the fanboys who had pre-ordered their copies of the game for the Xbox 360 or the PS3. The perks of being an early bird involved not just the game itself, but also free DLC codes along with free merchandise like T-shirts, posters, flags and Tomahawks. The game was also offered at a discounted price.
While the people with their pre-orders were appeased with the ton of freebies and the impressive cosplay, the good people at Federation of Gamers has also setup several consoles to run Assassin's Creed III so that anyone and everyone could get a taste of the game, maybe in the hopes of luring in people who haven't taken to the game yet.
Assassin's Creed III is set between the 1753-1783 time period, which was before, during and after the American Civil War. The game sees historical characters like George Washington and Benajmin Franklin also make an appearance, while one of the DLCs especially focusses on what would have happened if George Washington had given into the temptation of infinite power.
The PS3 version of the game includes about 60 minutes of extra gameplay that is excluded from the Xbox 360 version. Both the versions can be purchased from stores now for Rs. 2,799.