Dead Kings, the formerly for-pay expansion to Assassin's Creed Unity, will be released for free for all ACU players on January 13, according to a new trailer from publisher Ubisoft. But... the YouTube description initially mentioned December 16. Hmm.
Was December 16 the original release date?
Ubisoft did seem to put the brakes on promoting Dead Kings while focusing on Unity's post-release bugs. It switched to a plan to offer Dead Kings for free as an apology to gamers regarding Unity's flawed launch.
Shaky as Unity has been, Dead Kings could still be something special. As announced several months ago, it was in development at Ubisoft Montpellier, a Ubi studio responsible for such critically well-received games as Rayman Origins and ZombiU.
Promotional material for Dead Kings pegged the DLC as offering "over five hours of extra gameplay" in an adventure set in Saint-Denis in 1794, with ACU hero Arno exploring "the dark depths of this cursed town." We've been asking Ubisoft if this all adds up to Dead Kings being the work of the ZombiU team, but they haven't said so. If they update us about the DLC or about the nature of that December date, we'll let you know.