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Assassin’s Creed III DLC Will Be Non-Canon

Posted on October 23, 2012 AT 07:19am

Assassin’s Creed III‘s upcoming DLC “The Tyranny of King Washington” will be completely non-canon to avoid fracturing the fan base, according to Ubisoft.

The DLC offers an alternative take on history, in which George Washington becomes a mad tyrant. “For me, the DLC has always been a touchy thing for putting important story moments into. Ultimately it fractures the audience and makes it really difficult for people to keep up with what is the canon of the series,” said lead designer Steve Masters in a recent interview with OXM.

“For us, we want to have a little fun with it,” he added, “and have a less serious experience, a less earnest experience, and setting it in an alternate history environment gives us room and freedom to play around with things in a more whimsical manner.”

“We think people are going to enjoy it, have fun with it – we’ve just got to remember it’s not part of the canon, it’s just there as something for players to enjoy,” he added.

Making the DLC non-cannon is a clever move as it means that fans aren’t forced to buy it just to keep up with the game’s main story, an issue which has annoyed many fans in the past.

Are you happy with the DLC being non-canon? Share your thoughts below.

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