Assassin's Creed III getting episodic DLC?

Supposed Ubisoft note to GameStop staff hints that stealth game is getting a host of postlaunch content, available to users through Season Pass.

Gamers may want to hold on to their copies of Assassin's Creed III after launch in late October, as it appears Ubisoft is planning a plethora of postlaunch downloadable content. A supposed Ubisoft note to GameStop employees (sent to Kotaku) reveals the publisher is planning episodic add-on content for the action game.

The ACIII story will continue through episodic DLC, according to the brief.

No further information about that content was revealed, but it appears there will be a lot of it, as the note goes on to hint that a Season Pass will be offered for Assassin's Creed III. Additional details are not available, but if the pass mirrors those available for Saints Row: The Third and Gears of War 3, customers will be able to pay up front for all DLC at a discounted rate.

Elsewhere in the brief, Ubisoft revealed it was in the process of forming a team dedicated to building add-on content for Assassin's Creed III. As of press time, Ubisoft had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

Set during the American Revolution, Assassin's Creed III features a new protagonist with a mixed Native American-English heritage. Named Ratohnhake:ton but going by Connor, the hero of Assassin's Creed III will inject himself into the ongoing struggle between the Templars and the Assassins. The game is being built by Ubisoft Montreal and six collaborating studios on a new engine called Ubisoft-AnvilNext.

Assassin's Creed III will enjoy Ubisoft's biggest marketing campaign in company history, the firm's vice president of sales and marketing, Tony Key, said in March. Additionally, the executive called Assassin's Creed III the largest launch in the publisher's history and noted that by the time it arrives on October 30, the game will have been in development for three years.

For more on Assassin's Creed III, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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xwestsdeaznx
xwestsdeaznx

dlc's make me think twice about getting the game at launch. why pay full price when there might be a 'full edition' in a couple months? or if no "full edition" is released, you can just wait for the regular game price to go down and buy dlc.

isshiah
isshiah

as long as the dlc is worth the price. i've no problem with paying if that is the case.the assassins creed series is one of my favourites and i'm excited to see this new iteration.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Worked well with MW3 for example so I don't see a problem with this! If people only want to play the game on the disc then they can but if they want the optional extra content then they can buy it.......

Export
Export

With these DLC , I feel like the Release date is alpha release date . You just got to wait other year for it to go gold and be released as GOTY . I may start doing that with some of games . Since this is the route that they are taking .

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

Episodic content? No problem. I'll just wait for GOTY edition equivalent.

Leeric420
Leeric420

Everyone freaking about paying for the DLC when 0 prices have been announced, or what may even be free.

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

Just cancelled my pre order,I will get it when it hits the bargain bin,I hope to play a FULL game paid with hard earned money and not half a game,UBI=Con men and no way I am making the greedy fat cats at UBI even richer.

NoelXYeul
NoelXYeul

Haha, glad I cancelled my preorder long ago. Thanks for the free case Ubisoft, now I have a somewhere to put my Disney Sing It.

ILuvAnju
ILuvAnju

Episodic DLC? f*** that.

ArcticWolf89
ArcticWolf89

Ubisoft and EA hate games. This is why we need to go back to our roots and get Ouya. 

NexusSpawn
NexusSpawn

If everyone just boycotts this game, at least until the Complete Edition get's released, maybe Ubisoft and other publishers would get a freaking grip. This is geting out of hand.

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

Episodic content can be awesome, it has massive potental for games, however considering how much milking they do with assassins creed, I am not so giddy about this announcement.

CalamityKate
CalamityKate

This is hardly a surprise.  It's what they did with the "corrupted memory" sequences 12 and 13 from Assassin's Creed 2, which cost extra after the fact.  They just learned their lesson and didn't use that format afterwards. 

 

It's a shame that you don't see what was done with Mass Effect 2 more often - a decent amount of extra free content, both day one (Zaeed and his loyalty mission, Blood Dragon armor if you had Dragon Age: Origins) and then down the line (one weapon pack, Firewalker, and an in-game news feed every business day for a year). 

 

The entire AC:2 trilogy was good enough for me to want this game, but I'm undecided at this point whether to go my usual route and wait for price drops.

 

Waiting for complete, GOTY, expanded, or platinum editions is, for me, like waiting for books to come out in paperback or comics in collected format.  It's cheaper and you get the same experience.  You don't even have to have all that much patience, as there's always the stuff from last year that's now getting collected edition releases, and you get the advantage of a wiki that has the answer to pretty much any problem you might encounter.

 

I'm currently having a blast with my complete editions of LA Noire and Mortal Kombat, and getting a better, more complete experience than those who bought new.

 

This probably doesn't work as well for multiplayer, but I don't play that much anyway, so it's not an issue.

 

Borderlands 2 is my only remaining exception for this year.  Maybe Assassin's Creed 3, though I'll probably wait. 

 

ash162
ash162

I can live with multi player passes and and map packs but cutting story content is just BULL! No matter. i waited for Arkham city GOTY will wait for this too!

Jim_Caviezel
Jim_Caviezel

An AC3 season pass huh. Surprise surprise. Ubisoft in shipping an incomplete game to pad it out with paid dlc later on shocker

RapidFirE53211
RapidFirE53211

Ugh....yet another game I have to wait for GOTY.

Sulfurate
Sulfurate

It's really a shame that game devs do this stuff nowadays. If you have an idea what to put in the game and want to save it as DLC - Put it in the retail game. I don't mind DLC, just don't make it affect the story at all. If this game has any DLC - It should be map packs for multiplayer. Shame on you Ubisoft. 

PsychoCrushor
PsychoCrushor

Guess I'll be waiting for the "Game of the Year" edition, which might as well be called "The Actual Full Game".

JACOBDRAGON666
JACOBDRAGON666

money is tight enough il be waiting months for them to be less or a pack for all.

toyo75
toyo75

I love the Assassin's Creed games but it's so obvious that these "episodic DLCs" are merely ways for the game publisher to milk more money from the fans of the series. It's unfortunate that most game publishers nowadays couldn't take the high road and release complete versions of their games. No purchasing of pass codes to unlock this and that. No DLCs.  

Quite frustrating for hard core gamers  actually.

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

I'll just wait until DLC are on 50% discount few years after its release, not to mention I will but the game itself second handed, hahaha.

ChemicalReaper
ChemicalReaper

FFS, developers/publishers, stop with the "Season Pass" bullshit. If you've got *that much* content planned for the game, just put it in the goddamn game!

 

Seriously, every time someone implements a Season Pass, they should be taken outside and shot in the foot. If I'm paying $60 for a game, the last thing I want to do is put it in my disc tray, and be immediately invited to spend an extra $20+ for access to future DLC.

MarcusVOG
MarcusVOG

Oh, come on! One thing is giving us an excellent piece of add-on that are actually worth buying, like Read Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare, other thing is to go all "Saints Row: The Third" on us. It's not going to take long before they sell a game in parts. Well, it's kinda already happening: some games don't even have closure to the plot, they just leave it hanging a la Syndicate, fulfilling only a minor part of the storyline. Sequels are becoming less of sequels and more of "part 2".

Irukapooka
Irukapooka

So...if we get the Season Pass, people would STILL have to pay for DLCs? I realize they're discounted but come on. Ubisoft, I love the AC series but it's so frustrating that you put vital information in DLCs *coughLucycough*.

 

I just feel so annoyed right now.

KumaTenshi29
KumaTenshi29

Good thing I hated the first game right off the bat and never bothered with this series -.- This is getting ridiculous with all this Season Pass BS. First time I saw it, I knew others would jump on it soon enough. Have fun paying twice as much for the "full" game for those that do.

Henninger
Henninger

Next they're gonna charge us for the title screen, menu screen, opening movie sequence, & other cutscenes. This is getting out of control. I dont know if i want to buy this game now. I have it pre-ordered but i might cancel it. This is bullshit! Im about to pay 60 bucks for half a game & then they wanna charge me for episodic content!?!?!? How many memories r gonna b cut from this game??? What r they gonna give us the odd numbered memories & charge us for the even numbered 1's??? I'm sorry but gaming is gonna crash. More & more ppl r starting to c what is going on. I for 1 am fed up with it.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

And this is precisely why after this generation ends I am no longer going to waste my time or money on this bullshit. If this is where the industry is trending then I want no part of it. It's downright shameful that consumers are being nickel and dimed at best and financially raped at worst by these damn developers who feel entitled. Believe me, they need us more than we need them. As soon as people "wake up" and realize this fact and refuse to be taken advantage of you'd see just how fast things would return to "normal."

nahtecojp
nahtecojp

Definitely not going to buy the game until it reaches $30 or less because of this. FTS.

Miroku32
Miroku32

And this is why I wait till the Ultimate Edition appears. No way in hell I'm going to buy a $60 dollar game and then have to spend more money for get new content.

sakr401
sakr401

damn, I hate those DLCs :@

yoalex232
yoalex232

i don't usually buy dlc because i hate it with all my heart but i do like buying dlc for games that deserve support from gamers and companies that have given so much back to their fans so i won't have a problem buying dlc for AC3 it might be good dlc too...

Krelian-co
Krelian-co

so it beggings, the selling of games by chapters at way more than retail price

johnnyd23
johnnyd23

explain this to me: why do they make the dlc months in advance and purposely choose not to put it in the game or even try to? Feels like they just rub it in your face.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

 @Leeric420

 Sadly the era of free DLC may have already slipped by.  It has already become a part of publisher's earnings predictions, making it an insideous price hike above the industry standard 60 dollars.  Wanna play the whole game?  then it's 59.99 plus an extra 39.99 in total DLC.

rat5112
rat5112

 @Irukapooka

 No you buy the season pass and that gets you all the DLC as it comes out.  Your bascilly preordering it.  Its a discounted price because buying the pass is cheaper than getting all the DLC individually.

Cruisemissile
Cruisemissile

 @Henninger Halo 4 is releasing episodic content for free!! and ubisoft just want's to copy them but make a huge profit at the same time.

hadlee73
hadlee73

 @Miroku32 Or the "Complete Edition". I always loved the title of the PC version of "L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition", like they were admitting those who bought the console versions got "Incomplete" versions unless they bought the DLC :P

POWXR
POWXR

@johnnyd23 Unfortunately it's all about the money :/

isshiah
isshiah

 @Uesugi-dono  60 dollars isn't industry standard everywhere. i regularly pay double that.

Irukapooka
Irukapooka

 @Biggs613 I wish they had something like that for AC3. I think I could live with that. :p

Biggs613
Biggs613

 @hadlee73 yeah, but in the case of L.A. Noire, Rockstar was experimenting with the whole season pass thing thing, and if you had it pre-ordered, you got all the dlc for free, so it wasn't that bad.

hadlee73
hadlee73

 @pound-u The reason why I mentioned the PC version was that was the ONLY version of L.A. Noire on the PC. Releasing a complete edition on consoles that had basically had an incomplete version (although it was a great game even without the DLC) was just salt in the wound of the console gamers at the time.