May 7, 2012 at 2:26 PM ET
"Assassin's Creed" has always been about thrusting players into historical settings and surrounding them with central figures. So who will be guest starring in Part 3, which takes place during Revolutionary times? Why, one of American's most colorful founding fathers: Benjamin Franklin.
His appearance was first mentioned in the Penny Arcade Report, and it's perhaps no surprise, though some might be disappointed in the final outcome. Many players have assumed that Franklin, a legendary tinkerer, will be the one to supply the tools of destruction that series protagonist Connor Kenway/Ratohnhaké:ton shall utilize. (For those who are not familiar with past games, Leonardo da Vinci played such a role in previous installments.)
Instead, Franklin's appearance will be somewhat fleeting, since he apparently spent much of his time France during the game's timeframe. And when he does appear, it will feature "the more unusual sides of him ... like his love of women,” according to creative director Alex Hutchinson.
The game's makers are also striving for as much accuracy as possible with all its portrayals of historical figures. The very first President of the United States, George Washington will also guest star. Though he may appear a bit more portly than what we are all used to in paintings that immortalize the American icon.
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