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Assassin’s Creed III’s First DLC: The Tyranny of King Washington

Posted on October 3, 2012 AT 11:41am

Ubisoft today officially announced the first DLC that’ll be coming to Assassin’s Creed III—and it plays an interesting bit of “what if” with one of America’s most legendary presidents.

Here’s how Ubisoft’s announcement kicks off:

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. Today, Ubisoft announces the Assassin’s Creed III Season Pass offer, granting access to all five upcoming downloadable content packs to gamers owning the original game on PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, and Windows PC.

The first president of the United States of America—George Washington—decides that he instead wants to be king? And you’ve got to take him down? Craaaazy!

Titled The Tyranny of King Washington, the story will play out across three episodic DLC packs—and will, obviously, have a bit of fun injecting some serious fiction into the facts of the birth of America.

“History is our playground – and AC teams have always loved playing with historical facts and their consequences as a way to better understand a time period,” Ubisoft executive producer Sebastien Puel said in the announcement. “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.’”

While no direct price for The Tyranny of King Washington was announced by Ubisoft, they do mention that this will be part of the Assassin’s Creed III Season Pass—which will also include new multiplayer maps and characters. The ACIII Season Pass will be $29.99 on PS3 or 2400 MS Points on Xbox 360, will net players a 25% savings over buying the DLC individually, and Season Pass holders will get all DLC one week before everyone else.

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