Posted 17 October

Aveline the Chameleon: Personas in Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation on PS Vita

In Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, you play as Aveline de Granpré, an assassin of mixed French and African heritage. Her assassination skills span multiple disciplines, and she is especially adept at manipulating the perceptions of others in order to move stealthily through all levels of 18th-century New Orleans society.

In order to understand Aveline’s talents, it helps to have an accurate picture of the world in which she lived. 18th century New Orleans was a tumultuous place, having just transitioned from Spanish to French occupation. People from all over the world and all walks of life interacted with one another on a daily basis in all sorts of capacities: rich landowners rubbed elbows with freshly imported colonists and wealthy merchants mingled with indentured servants. It was a roiling hodgepodge of nationalities, ideologies, religions, social castes and political affiliations — perhaps more so than any other part of the burgeoning United States.

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation on PS Vita

Born of a French father and African mother through a commonlaw marital system referred to as plaçage, Aveline enjoyed all the privileges of her father’s position as a wealthy merchant. Her mixed race heritage did not impede her ability to blend into high society, as her situation was not uncommon in Louisiana.

As Aveline grew into her role as an assassin, she discovered that she could fluidly switch between social strata just by altering her clothing. This is the basis of the game’s Persona System, accessible through a variety of changing rooms scattered throughout the game world that are unlocked in a way similar to unlocking shops in previous Assassin’s Creed games. Aveline has three personas she can use to blend into different venues: the Slave, the Lady, and the Assassin.

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation for PS Vita - Servant persona

The Slave

Dressed as a commoner of the lower peasant class, Aveline can blend seamlessly with slaves, indentured servants and other workers. As such, she can quickly fade into the background by simply picking up a crate… nothing to see here, just another porter, toting a merchant’s goods. Aveline can also call on her fellow workers for aid and incite them to cause public disturbances on her behalf. There are some drawbacks to this persona, however, as Aveline must eschew her traditional tools of the trade. She’ll be vulnerable if her ruse is discovered!

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation for PS Vita - Lady persona

The Lady

Some places are only open to the highest echelons of society. In order to access these locations, Aveline will need to adopt the aristocratic Lady persona. Dressing in gilded garb befitting the wealthiest and most influential members of high society enables Aveline to charm or even bribe certain individuals, opening up new opportunities for assassination. Sadly, you can’t stash many armaments in a bustle, so Aveline’s weaponry options are extremely limited in her Lady persona. Of course, certain accessories can be modified for lethal effect… poison dart-shooting umbrella, anyone?

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation for PS Vita - Assassin persona

The Assassin

The Assassin persona is designed for combat, agility and durability — as such, you’ll spend most of your time in this lethal, nimble guise that boasts many similarities to the Altair and Ezio’s traditional assassin uniform. Though Aveline has access to a much wider variety of weapons and tools in this persona, the Assassin persona has a tendency to stick out like a sore thumb in most social situations. Consequently, guards will naturally become more alert in the presence of the leather-clad Aveline… just think of how relaxed you might feel around someone with a huge machete strapped to her belt!

Now that you’ve familiarised yourself with our heroine Aveline and the tools that she can employ, you’ll be well prepared to tackle Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation when it lands on PS Vita this October 31st. Ignite the revolution!

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supersmith2500 17 October, 2012 @ 7:46 pm   1

The US is getting the White Vita bundled with ACIII: Liberation, are we getting the White Vita bundle too?

 

i so want this. cant help to think ubisoft is shooting itself in the foot, relining it the same day as ac3… one has to chose… i for one, are going for this vitagame. it looks so great!

 

So psyched for this game. It’s gonna be great.

 

good lord, that white vita sure looks nice

 

Why do you tease us with the white vita?
I’d love to buy the AC bundle for christmas, but if Europe is ignored again, I don’t mind waiting for a price cut next year…

 
almighty-slayer 17 October, 2012 @ 8:30 pm   6

Sound really great.

Great work Gabe. Good to see Ubisoft putting so much effort into this. Day one on PSN for me :)

DAVIE222-PSVita 17 October, 2012 @ 8:54 pm   7

this or assasins creed 3?

 
LukeDur007 17 October, 2012 @ 9:44 pm   8

Can’t wait for this, looks great. I’ll be all AC’d out what with this and III on Halloween night, this is my trick or treat! I feel my vita is going to get a lot of love once this hits and I’ll be needing a bigger memory card too. Damn you Sony and Ubisoft!!!

 

Can’t wait for this, it’s one of the main reasons I bought a Vita.

Wanted to support the local market for Vita games by perordering it at a major retailer, but they don’t have it up and say it isn’t available from their supplier even though they’ve had AC3 up for a while now…

 
Krapotkin 17 October, 2012 @ 11:17 pm   10

Just thought i’d ask the question as well! Are we getting the white Vita bundle? If not, when will the white model be avaiable to purchase on it’s own? Got the money burning a hole in my pocket! Not biting until I can pick up a white one, though!

 

How does this chapter, with the overarching Desmond story, fit in this? I like those parts often except for the last one that was horrible to play.
Will this be more of a fill or will we get revelations that are amazing and will forward the story. Everything has to do with the end of the world so how does it fit?

milan2022 18 October, 2012 @ 6:40 am   12

I ask you to help me get to the points where the value paid two can purchase a points from fifa ultimat team store on the morning of last Thursday and did not get the points so far and I hope that shows through which a solution can recover points

 
chrisandsheva 18 October, 2012 @ 8:10 am   13

White-Vita, ugly imo.. but guess some ppl think opposite. won’t be buying this, or AC3.. and no not even in few months when it’ll cost half-price. maybe less, tbh i been waiting for the person from last years promos re Revelations to come on, as i wanted to tell her i just hate it when clever, well paid games devs/publ ‘representitives’ tell porkies, or maybe stretch the truth a little, not sure if it bothered anyone else, but i haven’t forgot.. the infamous first print or editions including original AC, hurry in case you miss one.. lol. i don’t think i seen a Revelations Without the ‘free’ AC, and believe me i Have been looking.. Basically, yes you Did make a ‘outstanding’ games/trilogy, But i will not support or buy Anything further from this series, Unless maybe you’s Ubi Montreal etc, can tell me why That limited time ‘sounding’ promo was put on the blog, mistake, misunderstanding ?, excusable.. But taking me/others for idiots ?, Unforgivable, I guess this post is ‘another’ copy/paste from US blog, (white-vita ?).. But chose to post above on the off chance someone at your end might just read our comments, hope to get a reply.. sincerely, ex (grateful) fan.

 

i had a quick go of this at EGX, and i liked what i saw, only a quick go though because it crashed. :(
i expect it wasn’t the final code though so i won’t judge based on that.

i can see this being one of the first games i pick up when i get a vita, not too long for that i hope. ^_^

we’ve heard a lot about Aveline so far, but so far, as far as i know, nothing about the person in the Animus.

is that some big secret?
somebody we’re already familiar with for example? >_>

 
chrisandsheva 18 October, 2012 @ 9:31 am   15

haha…
mind boggling.. i guess it would be possible, well it is a game as well.. for either Connor to be a woman, or Avaline to be a guy… or has this possibility been ruled out/explained in a previous game ?… Hope they don’t choose to go down That path.. Bad enough gettin (Brits) bashed in 3. But the thought of that as well..

 

I will NOT buy Vita until the white one is gonna be available in EU. That’s a shame that SCEE is so lazy.

 
CassyChan 18 October, 2012 @ 10:33 am   17

Awesome, looking forward to playing this, my Vita has been gathering dust for a while :)

 

I still think ps vita games are too expensive, maximum they should be is 30 pounds…

 
TINTINTB303 19 October, 2012 @ 11:57 am   19

@Darkos87

Grainger games has it listed at £32.99

Sainsburys (Entertainment) has it listed at £34.99

Give it a month after release and I imagine Amazon and Shopto will drop from their £39.99 they have listed at the moment to about 25 or 30 quid. *fingers crossed*

:-)

 

ac3 vita 36,99€

ps3 join ore die 79,99 € i hope u get also rifel weapon u get in lower budget special edition !!!!!!

so gold edition in store = cheaper great work ubisoft + sony
but wil not download = to many gb .
but price =+- somting cheaper then real store

rofooty10 22 October, 2012 @ 5:03 pm   21

cant wait to get it havnt played assassin for a while! :(

hassan011-TR 24 October, 2012 @ 3:16 pm   22

Yes good one.