Thanks to the collective power of millions of social media users going forth and unquestionably, disturbingly, even, doing the will of UbiSoft, we now have our first official look at Assassin’s Creed 3‘s gameplay. As a longtime sucker for this series, what we’re seeing here is yet another step in the continued evolution of the series gameplay to become as fluid and satisfying as it can be at its best on a more consistent basis. New protagonist Ratohnhak√©ton (or Conor, if you suck) already represents a huge shift in where this series can go politically, and the line in the trailer about taking out enemies on both sides has my brain all aflutter more than even watching him do terrifyingly awesome things with bayonets. Between Prey 2 and Bioshock Infinite setting sail for 2013, and my interest in Black Ops 2 being curious at best, AC3 has my fall all to itself so far.

Enjoy the violence.