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Assassin’s Creed III DLC Has Evil George Washington

Season pass pricing, which includes five pieces of content, also revealed.

Ubisoft’s expansion plans for Assassin’s Creed III look to be more ambitious than in previous offerings, with the company already announcing a three-part story called The Tyranny of King George.

The Tyranny of King George supposes the Revolutionary War didn’t end with a future full of democracy, but a power-hungry George Washington succumbing to the very thing he fought against.

“While Assassin’s Creed III concentrates on history as it happens, we wanted to take some liberties with this DLC and tell you how things ‘could have happened,’” said executive producer Sebastien Puel in today’s press release.

Sounds like it’s not exactly canonical with the rest of the series.

Today also brings word of the inevitable season pass for Assassin’s Creed III. It will cost $29.99 on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, and brings five expansion packs, including multiplayer content. Ubisoft said all of the additions will be available within six months of the game’s October 30 release, and if you purchase the Season Pass, it’ll be a 25% savings over purchasing all the DLC separately.

The downloadable content will also be available on Wii U, but it’s unclear if the Season Pass will, as well. I’ve asked Ubisoft for clarification.

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Posted by patrickklepek

Ubisoft’s expansion plans for Assassin’s Creed III look to be more ambitious than in previous offerings, with the company already announcing a three-part story called The Tyranny of King George.

The Tyranny of King George supposes the Revolutionary War didn’t end with a future full of democracy, but a power-hungry George Washington succumbing to the very thing he fought against.

“While Assassin’s Creed III concentrates on history as it happens, we wanted to take some liberties with this DLC and tell you how things ‘could have happened,’” said executive producer Sebastien Puel in today’s press release.

Sounds like it’s not exactly canonical with the rest of the series.

Today also brings word of the inevitable season pass for Assassin’s Creed III. It will cost $29.99 on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, and brings five expansion packs, including multiplayer content. Ubisoft said all of the additions will be available within six months of the game’s October 30 release, and if you purchase the Season Pass, it’ll be a 25% savings over purchasing all the DLC separately.

The downloadable content will also be available on Wii U, but it’s unclear if the Season Pass will, as well. I’ve asked Ubisoft for clarification.

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Edited by shintsurugi

Wat o.o

EDIT: Woo, achievement get. No one is surprised though. Although evil George Washington sounds like the perfect nemesis to the Lincoln Force.

Posted by mrfluke

Ha, thats awesome, so they will make you stab george washington one way or another

Posted by xaveri

So, no DLC for PC?

Posted by SomeDeliCook

Expansion pack announcements before the game itself is even released, I just absolutely love it!

....

Edited by MooseyMcMan

I hope this DLC has some sort of ridiculous/crazy explanation as to why George Washington would do that. Evil Templar space machines or something.

Posted by Sk4mikaze

Hopefully this will be more substantial than AC2's DLC, because this sounds awesome.

Posted by forkboy

I like it. Some good, insane alt-history fun. It'd be nice if you can end the game by handing control of the 13 colonies back to their rightful owner, King George III

Posted by jamesisaacs

That picture looks Fables-ish.

Posted by Undeadpool

@MooseyMcMan said:

I hope this DLC has some sort of ridiculous/crazy explanation as to why George Washington would do that. Evil Templar space machines or something.

I know this isn't an original thought, but it kinda makes sense as colonialism didn't EXACTLY work out great for the Native Americans.

Posted by TeflonBilly

Looks like a Piece Of Eden in Georgy-boy's staff there

Posted by gregoryc

@SomeDeliCook: While I agree with you entirely, I hope you're not one to think "Why don't they just put this [DLC] into the game before release?" type of player. This type of thing is primarily to dissuade players from trading the game in - and therefore hurt the used game market. I don't love DLC as much when it's laid out to the public like this (season passes blah blah blah) but I understand where the publishers and developers are coming from with the decision.

Edited by theveej

I wish that for these season passes they would at least announce the split among single player and multiplayer dlcs. I guess 3 out of 5 are sp dlcs and the other two are mp? I have no interest in the MP so I guess I'll just be better off buying the 3 king george dlcs separate.

Posted by mrfluke

and you know, the stones on ubisoft for doing this,

fox news is gonna bitch all day about this

Posted by Make_Me_Mad

That is a sweet-ass eagle crown.

Posted by SomeDeliCook

@gregoryc said:

@SomeDeliCook: While I agree with you entirely, I hope you're not one to think "Why don't they just put this [DLC] into the game before release?" type of player. This type of thing is primarily to dissuade players from trading the game in - and therefore hurt the used game market. I don't love DLC as much when it's laid out to the public like this (season passes blah blah blah) but I understand where the publishers and developers are coming from with the decision.

Im one of those people that would rather they at least not mention DLC around the games release and try to act like they totally didn't plan some from the start

Posted by mbr2

Gross on all fronts.

Posted by Kosayn

...your move, Bioshock Infinite.

Posted by jonesed

Can't wait. The more the better.

Posted by MarkWahlberg

@Undeadpool said:

@MooseyMcMan said:

I hope this DLC has some sort of ridiculous/crazy explanation as to why George Washington would do that. Evil Templar space machines or something.

I know this isn't an original thought, but it kinda makes sense as colonialism didn't EXACTLY work out great for the Native Americans.

I mean, that's true, but it has nothing to do with Washington's personal motivations for refusing kingship. And the 'explanation' is probably just corruption via Piece of Eden. AC isn't exactly known for subtlety.

Posted by RenMcKormack

Washington makes love like an eagle falling out of the sky.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

@MarkWahlberg said:

@Undeadpool said:

@MooseyMcMan said:

I hope this DLC has some sort of ridiculous/crazy explanation as to why George Washington would do that. Evil Templar space machines or something.

I know this isn't an original thought, but it kinda makes sense as colonialism didn't EXACTLY work out great for the Native Americans.

I mean, that's true, but it has nothing to do with Washington's personal motivations for refusing kingship. And the 'explanation' is probably just corruption via Piece of Eden. AC isn't exactly known for subtlety.

That'd be enough of an explanation for me.

Posted by Breadfan

What up, Tywin Lannister.

Posted by MarkWahlberg

@RenMcKormack said:

Washington makes love like an eagle falling out of the sky.

Screaming as he comes from above?

Posted by MachoFantastico

I'm been feeling a bit down on Assassin's Creed 3, but the idea of 'EVIL KING WASHINGTON' might have just sold me.

Posted by Jayzilla

what i don't get is why can't GW be evil and still ring in democracy? GW was a high ranking free mason which is an off shoot of the templars. They should have just made him evil and had the new protagonist miss the target.

Edited by washboardwarrior

This looks interesting to me mainly because this series tends to take itself very seriously (which I think has worked quite well for them) but its nice to see them playing around with a different tone.

Posted by Ghostiet

@Jayzilla said:

what i don't get is why can't GW be evil and still ring in democracy? GW was a high ranking free mason which is an off shoot of the templars. They should have just made him evil and had the new protagonist miss the target.

It looks like the DLC goes for the ridiculous. "Evil king GW" sounds much crazier.

Posted by leejunfan83

Can't wait to murder that dude

Posted by Undeadpool

@MooseyMcMan said:

@MarkWahlberg said:

@Undeadpool said:

@MooseyMcMan said:

I hope this DLC has some sort of ridiculous/crazy explanation as to why George Washington would do that. Evil Templar space machines or something.

I know this isn't an original thought, but it kinda makes sense as colonialism didn't EXACTLY work out great for the Native Americans.

I mean, that's true, but it has nothing to do with Washington's personal motivations for refusing kingship. And the 'explanation' is probably just corruption via Piece of Eden. AC isn't exactly known for subtlety.

That'd be enough of an explanation for me.

Agreed, power corrupts, absolute power blah-blah-blah LET'S GET TO STABBIN'!

Posted by PCWV

I'm not trying to flip out over this but I have already pre ordered the "freedom edition" of this game and that was £80. I don't really think it is worth it to be honest but I am a massive fan of the series so I don't much care. But when shit like this happens where they want another £20~ from me to get what is essentially the full game it pisses me off a little. Like why not just make a bundle when people buy the game that includes all the DLC that is going to come out? It's not like the people who get these collector bundles are going to trade the game in.

Posted by Animasta

Isn't regular george washington evil george washington

Posted by mlarrabee

“While Assassin’s Creed III concentrates on history as it happens, we wanted to take some liberties with this DLC and tell you how things ‘could have happened.’”

Actually, that DLC's attention to historical accuracy is just about spot on with the series thus far, Mr. Puel. Par for the course.

Posted by BlitzKriegJezus

@Animasta said:

Isn't regular george washington evil george washington

*braces self for anti-American hate*

Posted by ValiantGrizzly

@mlarrabee said:

“While Assassin’s Creed III concentrates on history as it happens, we wanted to take some liberties with this DLC and tell you how things ‘could have happened.’”

Actually, that DLC's attention to historical accuracy is just about spot on with the series thus far, Mr. Puel. Par for the course.

SHUT UP LEONARDO DA VINCI IS MY BRO AND I GIVE HIM HUGS

Posted by Animasta

@BlitzKriegJezus said:

@Animasta said:

Isn't regular george washington evil george washington

*braces self for anti-American hate*

I am american, and as Americans it is our duty to recognize that Washington was an asshole. yes, he founded our country, that's all well and good, but come on.

Posted by ansys

What about the PC version?

Posted by Nephrahim

@Animasta said:

@BlitzKriegJezus said:

@Animasta said:

Isn't regular george washington evil george washington

*braces self for anti-American hate*

I am american, and as Americans it is our duty to recognize that Washington was an asshole. yes, he founded our country, that's all well and good, but come on.

Is... this really what you think?

I don't pretend to be an expert in Revolutionary history, but generally Washington is regarded as one of the greatest presidents of the United States. Not only leading the Continental armies, but also was a great statesman, encouraging America to stay out of European affairs, and refusing a third term when offered (This DLC is actually not that strange, because there were some who WANTED to make Washington the king of the United States.)

Maybe he was an asshole to people, but a lot of founding fathers were. This was before Statesmen needed intensive PR campaigns to make them seem like saints.

Posted by Animasta

@SamDrugbringer: Didn't he also wipe out a bunch of native american villages when they wouldn't side with him? even if they weren't going to side with the british either?

Posted by daggon55

@SamDrugbringer said:

@Animasta said:

@BlitzKriegJezus said:

@Animasta said:

Isn't regular george washington evil george washington

*braces self for anti-American hate*

I am american, and as Americans it is our duty to recognize that Washington was an asshole. yes, he founded our country, that's all well and good, but come on.

Is... this really what you think?

I don't pretend to be an expert in Revolutionary history, but generally Washington is regarded as one of the greatest presidents of the United States. Not only leading the Continental armies, but also was a great statesman, encouraging America to stay out of European affairs, and refusing a third term when offered (This DLC is actually not that strange, because there were some who WANTED to make Washington the king of the United States.)

Maybe he was an asshole to people, but a lot of founding fathers were. This was before Statesmen needed intensive PR campaigns to make them seem like saints.

It is a bit hard to see considering how much he is idolized, but I also never really got the impression he was a bad guy.

Andrew Jackson, that guy was an asshole.

Posted by Nephrahim

@Animasta: No.... The Sullivan Expedition was directed against the natives who sided with the British though there may have been collateral damage.

Most natives did side with the British, because they were hoping to stop the colonists from expanding farther west. Who knows what would have happened if the British won though, it may have been better for them, or not.

Posted by Animasta

@SamDrugbringer said:

@Animasta: No.... The Sullivan Expedition was directed against the natives who sided with the British though there may have been collateral damage.

Most natives did side with the British, because they were hoping to stop the colonists from expanding farther west. Who knows what would have happened if the British won though, it may have been better for them, or not.

I mean if you consider the native populations of the USA and the native populations of Canada today you would find that it would indeed have been better for them.

but I distinctly remember reading that washington directly fucked up native americans who sided with the british and some that did not, so...

Posted by Mamba219

This sounds terrible, and no this couldn't have happened, because Washington would have been a terrific king had he chosen to go that route.

Posted by sthusby

Pure awesome.

Posted by Toug

I love the idea that an alternate-history game has a separate, even ALTERNATER-history piece to it.

Posted by MisterSamMan

Evil George Washington...

Finally, DLC I actually care about.

Posted by murse2008

Alternate history DLC? That actually ... sounds good.

Posted by Veektarius

As usual, my problem with Assassin's Creed is that it generally asks me to kill people I don't want to kill.

Posted by DarkbeatDK

I love alternate-timeline stuff inspired off real world history, so this sounds baller to me.

Edited by CharAznable

This could be kinda cool, because weird alternate history stuff is oddly intriguing to me. I'm cautiously optimistic.

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