Ubisoft has finally announced the release date of what the company earlier described as a “what the f***” piece of DLC. The DLC, titled the Tyranny of King Washington, is set to be released in three parts; the first part, dubbed Infamy, will be available on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and PC on February 20.
In the first episode of the Tyranny of King Washington series, our hero, Ratonhnhaké:ton, aka Connor Kenway, awakens from an unsettling dream to find that despite his efforts to deliver justice in the newly-founded United States of America, a new king, George Washington, has been crowned. The Infamy will take gamers through the beginning of the journey to dethrone King Washington.
The three upcoming episodes of the Tyranny of King Washington are available through the Assassin’s Creed III Season Pass, which is available for purchase for 2400 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE or £23.99 (approximately Rs 2,000) on the PlayStation Network and Windows PC. The first episode, The Tyranny of King Washington: The Infamy, can be purchased as a single DLC pack for 800 Microsoft points or £7.99 (approximately Rs 670).
Looks like we'll get to stab the first president of the United States
Following The Infamy, The Tyranny of King Washington will continue in two additional content packs that let gamers experience an alternate history of the events following the American Revolution.
The DLC of the game was announced back in October. It will take place in an alternate universe to the main Assassin’s Creed III universe that explores a 'what if' scenario. The story of the DLC explores the consequences of George Washington succumbing to the temptations of infinite power.
"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," explained Executive Producer Sebastien Puel. "While Assassin's Creed 3 concentrates on history as it happens, we wanted to take some liberties with this DLC and tell you how things 'could have happened.'"
Earlier, Ubisoft had talked about the DLC during the Eurogamer Expo. "We know that not everyone will buy it," Assassin's Creed 3 director Alex Hutchinson said. "So it's a 'what the f***' chunk of story that, if you missed it, the next game will still make sense."
Assassin’s Creed III is all set to have some new gameplay mechanics to help the protagonist with better travel environments. Players can use parkour to travel through trees, whereas the new combat system allows the capability to dual-wield weapons. The game also shows off the new Anvil engine that allows for a large number of characters to be on screen.
The Assassin’s Creed series deals with a secret war that has lasted millennia between the Assassins and the Templars. The Assassins seek to fight for the free will of people, while the Templars seek to control them. The first game was set during the Holy Crusades in Jerusalem. Protagonist Altaïr ibn-La'Ahad would have to jump from rooftops and sneak into groups of people in order to find and assassinate his targets.
The second game was set during the Renaissance era in Florence. The main protagonist of the “II” series of games – Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – is Ezio Auditore. The II series of games dealt with the evolution of Ezio as a character, who starts out as a revenge-driven teenager only to become a highly-skilled master of Assassins. Altaïr also makes an appearance in Revelation, showing the aged assassin’s last few days. The secondary protagonist of the series is Desmond Miles, who is accessing his “genetic memory” to live the lives of his Ancestors Altaïr and Ezio.
Check out our review of Assassin's Creed III here.