Assassin’s Creed III Season Pass Adds Alternate-History Campaign

Assassin’s Creed III Season Pass Adds Alternate-History Campaign

In a twist from previous Assassin’s Creed post-release plans, the creators of Assassin’s Creed III are going to let players download what seems like a massive alternate-history expansion to the game’s campaign.

A $US30 “season pass”, announced today, will get you a large singleplayer add-on called “The Tyranny of King George”. It will be delivered in three parts and is not just fictional but non-canonical. The official word from Ubi:

As the revolution comes to a close, a new and most unexpected enemy emerges. Driven by the desire to secure the fate of the colonies, the greatest hero of the revolution, George Washington, succumbs to the temptation of infinite power. The new King is born and his reign leaves no one untouched. To return freedom to the land our new hero must dethrone a tyrant he once called friend.

The King George campaign can be purchased without buying the Season Pass, but Ubisoft is promising that the pass will net you five pieces of DLC (including new multiplayer content) at a 25% discount and give users one-week-early access to the first DLC pack. The Pass will be purchasable for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC versions of the game.

The Wii U version of the game will also support all ACIII DLC, but it doesn’t seem like the Season Pass will be offered for it, at least not at this time.

Assassin’s Creed III will be out on October 30 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. It will be out for Wii U on November 18.


    • It does help to counter the idea that the game is one big paean to American patriotism though. That’s probably a good thing.

      I’d be interested in buying the Season Pass, but we don’t know how much of the content is for SP compared to MP, and $30 is quite a lot to pay for something we don’t know about yet.

  • I’m wondering how they’re going to manage to tie this non-canon storyline into the current fiction, and still make it non-canon. Does the animus go haywire or something? Does it start combining memories from a number of past assassins from throughout the ages, blending them together into some form of sensical plot?

    Also interesting to note that there were four King Georges of Britain around this time… I originally thought this was a fictional history where the redcoats won and conquered the Americas in the name of King George (not sure which one was in power at the time, but I’m pretty sure it was a King George).

  • Given that a) I have zero interest in Multiplayer and b) all the previous games had a ton of multiplayer content instead of extra story content, I’ll definitely be passing on a season pass. However this sounds pretty cool so I’d give it a go.

    • I just did some rough sums and it looks like paying for the SP DLC on its own (3 x 800 MSP, if we’re assuming the MP packs are 2 x 400) is the same cost as paying for the Season Pass. You also get it a week earlier with the Pass, so that’s something.

      If one of the SP George Washington packs isn’t 800 MSP, then it works out cheaper to buy it separately. The Season Pass knocks ~800 MSP off the total price of buying all the SP and MP DLC individually.

  • Considering the main DLC from the last game was the horrible first person viewpoint with Desmond running around pretending to be Faith from Mirror’s Edge, they will need to do some more convincing.

    However, there is one thing that I do like the sound of, the fact that it isn’t canon.

    Although it might still happen, my concern for this game was ACIII would end on another “cliffhanger” and we would have to wait for ACIII-2 the following year, because if this game really looks to finish off the Desmond storyline, there isn’t much you could do with DLC, aside from chopping some of the content from the middle (like ACII did). Making the DLC non-canon allows them to get around that.

    Honestly do hope this is the final game in this story arc also, milk the series with a new game the following yaer by all means, but with all new characters, etc.

  • It’s still so full of unsubtle american patriotism – “We must save freedom from tyranny because America is free! FREEDOM FOR AMERICANS!”

  • Is it just me, or could that be a piece of eden in his staff/scepter? I find this concept interesting, but know that the media will have a field day with it.

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