Ubisoft has said the inclusion of slavery in Assassin's Creed 3, which is due to its American Revolution setting, will be treated with the "upmost respect."
Although the focus of the franchise has predominately been based towards the Assassins and Templars, the developers will have an emphasis on the issue of slavery in the latest installment. Writer Matt Rurnerhas explained to OPM:
"It's something we've been very aware of. Everybody had slaves at that point; the first groups who rallied around emancipation didn't come around until 1787 - largely driven by Benjamin Franklin funnily enough. That was very much after our game and slavery was maintained in culture.
"We feel that kind of a subject deserves a certain amount attention because it's so serious and it needs to be treated with utmost respect. We're definitely not going to shy away from it in terms of not showing it. We're going to focus on telling it like it was, we're going to show what was there and what people did in that time but we want to be careful with how that's covered and how much of it is there. It's an important topic. We won't be afraid to show that it's there but we're not going make it the focus of our game."
With Ubisoft wanting to instill more "depth" into protagonist Connor Kenway, allowing him to be exposed to slavery would inevitably see the developer's aforementioned goal being fulfilled in some aspect.
Asasssin's Creed 3 is currently scheduled for a release on consoles on October 30, 2012, in North America and a day later throughout Europe.