Assassin's Creed III launches with $60+ worth of DLC

$15 gameplay, appearance shortcut bundles and $30 Season Pass now available for Ubisoft's new action game; second-hand users need to pay $10 for full online access.

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Assassin's Creed III launched this week at $60, a price equal to the total cost of all downloadable content available for Ubisoft's new stealth-action game. In addition to the previously announced $30 Assassin's Creed III DLC season pass, Ubisoft has also made available two shortcut bundles.

The first is the $15 Assassin's Creed III Appearance Pack. This offering immediately unlocks all appearance elements for levels 1-50. This includes all character customization, weapons, and moves, as well as all player profile emblem symbols, patterns, and patron pictures.

The second offering is the $15 Assassin's Creed III Gameplay Pack, which unlocks access to "all gameplay elements" without regard to players' current level. This includes all sets, abilities, perks, streaks, and bonuses.

Additionally, players who pick up a second-hand copy of Assassin's Creed III will need to pay $10 for full access to the game's online component. Without a Uplay Passport, players will not be able to purchase abilities, perks, streaks, and items beyond level 10.

Assassin's Creed III launched this week for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A Wii U release is slated for November 18 day-and-date with the system and a PC launch will round out the bunch on November 20. For more on Assassin's Creed III, check out GameSpot's review.

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RighteousWoman
RighteousWoman

As for DLC, it is definitely here to stay. The best way to keep the developers honest is to support the quality DLC and skip the DLC that is a clear rip off. People that spend 800 points on a costume pack or buy these packs that open up the entire game right out of the package....well, your not only getting ripped off but your also sending a very clear message to the developers, that they can make significantly more money by releasing this kind of content as DLC. If people stopped buying it, I guarantee things would change for the better. Unfortunately, it appears that a lot of people are buying it so thing may get worse before they get better. 

 

I for one am an extremely patient gamer. Yes, there are certain games that I have to buy right away but they are few and far between. If a game has a lot of DLC, I just wait for the game of the year edition to come out and buy it when it goes on sale for 20 bucks. Yes, gaming can be extremely expensive if you play a lot of games and buy games when they first come out. On the other hand, if your patient and a smart shopper....well, gaming has never been cheaper than it is today. I have purchased well over 300 games this generation and most were purchased for 15-20 dollars. I have been gaming since the Atari 2600, Commodore 64 and Amiga 500 days and in regards to pricing, I have spent less per game this generation than I have any other.

RighteousWoman
RighteousWoman

bclagrange, whoever told you the next gen consoles weren't going to have discs is either pulling your leg or has no clue what he is talking about. The next gen consoles will 100% without question have discs and most likely so will the generation after that as well. Its not just about what is technically possible, its also about what consumers want and there are still a LOT of people out there that want to actually get something physical for the money they spend. Just look at how popular special edition games have become. Head on over to Kickstarter and check out the successful game projects and look at the number of people that paid significantly more money to get a physical copy of the game instead of just a digital copy. Sorry to bust your bubble but the day where the video game industry abandon physical media is still a LONG ways off.

sortajan
sortajan

hahahahahahahahahahaha no.

bclagrange
bclagrange

For all those complaining about dlc, you better get used to it because with the new generation of consoles there will be no physical disks and used copies. Thank god, give the developers the money they deserve not GameStop. If you can afford dlc, don't buy it and quit complaining. Gaming is an expensive hobby get used to it

Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

So, basically I pay Ubi for a bunch of DLC cheats. When I can go to Gamefaqs.com for free and essentially just pretend I bought and played the game, instead.

jcr8
jcr8

A bit too ambitious of ubisoft if you ask me, demanding this kind of money for irrelevant upgrades to a rather average game.

Phar_cyde
Phar_cyde

lol the AC series has the most ass mulitplayer I have ever seen. why would you even want to play it let alone pay 10 dollars to unlock it if you bought the game used? and pay to have like gamer pics and other in game multiplayer stuff unlocked before earning them for free? hahahaha man they will do any thing for a buck.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Thats great at least it has DLC some games dont even have it or never release DLC any more. i hope they release more DLC in a few months as well.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Remember the days when you got the whole game for $60?

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

hey if the content is already in the game, isn't it a pay-to-unlock not a DLC?

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

yikes i mean dang and whatnot.  they crank out a sequel every year then do this to their loyal fan base.  i get when a studio works all year and charges $60 for that then 6 months later they build on the game with a DLC or expansion or whatever but day one DLC is just plain evil.  It's no where near as bad as what blizzard has become but damn, its getting there.  its basically saying "hey fans, thanks for your loyalty...not. we know you like our crack so bend over"

farcorners
farcorners

if people are foolish enough to forget that the reason of buying a game is to actually play it, and are willing to pay for the abilities learned in the game, for free, then it is all on them.

tonyrayo
tonyrayo

I can tell that at least a few comments are from people who just read the title.  I'm not thrilled with having to fork out money if I buy the game used and want to unlock full multiplayer, but to me this is still a better solution than locking games to consoles (which sounds scary as hell to me and looks to be the reality or at least a very real possibility for next-gen consoles).  If you read what the DLC is actually about, the two packs mentioned are completely optional and just for impatient users (I don't know why someone would want to pay to ruin the fun of unlocking the game, but they offer it and I'm sure people will use it... I guess it's for those that have money to burn but not a lot of time?).

 

Also I think we as gamers need to get over having locked DLC content on disc.  Heh if it really bothers you, maybe start a petition to have GameStop (or whomever) to add a sticker on top of games that says "This Disc Contains Locked Paid DLC"... I know it's a stupid idea that would never fly, but my point is complaining about on GameSpot will likely have little change.  Take your opinion to the companies, tell them you'll stop buying their games altogether and the more people you have behind you the better (as an example I refuse to buy EA games on PC for my own reasons which I won't go into here and made sure to let them know about it - heh after they looked at my account and saw how many games I had bought on that platform from them they offered me a 15$ credit on Origin that I posted on a gaming site for someone else to use).

sk8oridie44
sk8oridie44

This explains why this game was so short. I finished the story missions in a day. Another day to recruit all the assassins and naval battles. Now I  don't know what else I can do with this game. Where are all the side missions that AC 2 had? I missed those. :( 

Purplepotatoe
Purplepotatoe

Excluding MP, lets break down time vs money for this DLC Greed debate shall we. Everything I will say, assumes you enjoy AC.

 

$60 for the main game consisting of 40+ hours of possible gameplay, More then triple your average single player game length.

 

$30 for a DLC pass that is going to eventually contain the 4 (if I am remembering the number correctly) episodic SP sequences. Roughly 10+ hours of additional gameplay.

 

How is this a bad deal for you people complaining?

darkwatch2005
darkwatch2005

I knew it, since assasins creed II revelation, the Multiplayer disappointed me , I wasted $60 just for Multiplayer and it's SUX, lucky this time i rent it from block buster save me a lot money, by the time my membership end i finish the game already.

Axe_Armor
Axe_Armor

And I won't be buying any of it. Once I am through the plain single player mode, ACIII is going back on the shelf.

chilipalm
chilipalm

DLC is as bad as in-app purchases.

petez34
petez34

I read greedy Ubisoft, greedy EA, greedy Blizzard... People- these are video game companies. Stupid people are complaining, how greedy "so and so" are getting. These businesses are IN IT TO MAKE MONEY! FUCK retards!!!! ffffffffffffffff u don't like where the video game industry is going$$$,. learn to knit, ride a bike, go outside, get a life! rrrrr

THizzle7XU
THizzle7XU

 @Thanatos2k I actually remember days when games that could beat in a day cost $75 because they came on cartridges in the early 90's. Gaming is as cheap relative to amount of content than it has ever been. Don't want to pay $60? Wait a few months and the game is $40. Wait close to a year and it's $20 brand new. It's a great time to be playing games.

Allerletzt
Allerletzt

 @Thanatos2k Remember the days where people actually read things instead of just a headline? Yeah... those were the days.

NicholasT33
NicholasT33

 @farcorners I would like to agree with you but I don't, in the end this monetization effects the entire industry. 

Allerletzt
Allerletzt

 @tonyrayo A bunch of people never bothered to read anything beyond the title indeed. Someone should have worded the title better as well. If all you read is the title, you think, well damn, they have so much DLC right out of the gates, it's hardly DLC. Actually, none of it is DLC. One is an online pass, two are UNLOCK EVERYTHING EARLY purchases. You don't even DOWNLOAD anything.

 

I don't even see why people are complaining that others have an option to purchase to get access to things early. I'd rather that than having a bunch of stuff locked out and having to pay for it, you know? Plus, this happened all the way back around NFSMW or NFSC. You could purchase unlocks that would unlock everything in the game or portions from the game and it had clear disclaimers THE ITEMS IN THIS PURCHASE CAN BE OBTAINED THROUGH IN GAME MEANS YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BUY THEM. These first two are exactly like that, the third is just an online pass and I'll take that medium instead of forcing me to buy a new copy of everything.

trodeback
trodeback

 @tonyrayo I would rather see the next gen consoles do something like this & charge a small fee for multiplayer than have them get rid of second hand games all together. I for one only play the SP part of my games & rarely touch MP. But I'm sure I'm in the minority of X360 gamers.

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

 @Purplepotatoe $90 for 50 hours of gameplay?  i kind of think you should complain and not buy it.  i mean, where do you draw the line?  if you don't in 5 years we'll be paying $400 for 60 hours of gameplay.  would you complain then or just rip on others for complaining?

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

 @Purplepotatoe

 Because it ruins the multiplayer for those who want to play it. Ubisoft turned it into a pay-to-win.

NicholasT33
NicholasT33

 @petez34 YA PEOPLE, If you don't like where something is going, just give up ! Valuable life lesson, thanks.....

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

 @THizzle7XU I have only purchased one video game in my lifetime that cost more than $60, and that was paying $85 for a new copy of Lufia 2 at Target.  Thing is, that was a rip off.  I found it later new at Electronics Boutique (remember them?) for $60.  If you bought SNES games for more than $60 you got ripped off too.

 

And if I didn't want to pay $60 I could get it for $40 used at Funcoland.  Can't do that anymore since they're account locking the content and slapping on used game fees!

 

Games are more expensive than ever.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

 @Allerletzt What leads to believe I didn't read the article?  You are not getting the whole game for $60.  This is a fact.

Allerletzt
Allerletzt

 @Thanatos2k  @philMcCrevis No it's not because this is stuff about paying to access things earlier in the game without playing to unlock them. Definitely not Capcomesque.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

 @Allerletzt  @tonyrayo How about just don't have these things locked out? The most fun I've had in multiplayer has been in games like Goldeneye where you don't have to spend hours upon hours unlocking everything before you can even have a proper game.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

 @trodeback  @tonyrayo I don't think you are in the minority. Most people (not an exaggeration) I've known to play consoles never play them online at all. For most people they see the extra cost and the extra hoops and say "fuck it" right off the bat. Unfortunately, these aren't people you'll see posting on the internet as often, because they have other things in their lives that take priority for them.

cesarexec22
cesarexec22

 @orbit991  @petez34 some people are just ignorant and doesnt realize with the next gen consoles coming, the price for gaming are just going go up lol , Its just business and people will still spend no matter what!!

Enundr
Enundr

 @Thanatos2k  @THizzle7XU havent particularly payed attention , but the usual trend is , buy a game used you cant access multiplayer , though i  think its a slightly cheap thing , you get what you payed for Thanatos , you buy a game used then you dont get the whole thing , codes for multiplayer access are generally used by ppl who get the game new , same thing as ith as always been on PC games , though generally worse cause you cant trade those in =P   , so thanatos....yea , basically you want to buy something used then learn to deal with it or shut it. plain and simple ,  the fact is when you get a game used , its not like its parts have been through some wear and tar like a used car , its the same disc thats still the same thing , only thing that got used was the online pass t hat came with it new , so your getting it cheaper since its used , minues the online pass , you want to play online then you purchase the online pass.

fursecu
fursecu

 @Allerletzt  @Thanatos2k i disagree, i am pretty sure, that they could have put the missions in the game from the begining, like it was in ac brotherhood..why pay for "EXTRA" missions ?

keldarironfist
keldarironfist

 @Allerletzt  @Thanatos2k Expansion packs were often packaged goods, and very robust as well. These are neither physical nor robust. With DLC, you never own your contet, period.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Allerletzt@Thanatos2k

An expansion pack that cost $40 off a $60 game typically added ~66% new content.

 

None of the DLC content passes the expansion pack cost/content ratio compared to the "full game."  It's all a rip off.

 

These are not expansion packs.  This is content removed from the game to be sold back to you at obscene mark ups.

 

How is what they did in AC2 irrelevant?  It's completely relevant.  You claimed we're getting the complete game, despite in AC2 you explicitly NOT getting the complete game.

 

I'm sorry I obliterated your feeble Ubisoft apologist defense.  I know it's hard coming up with nonsense arguments trying to defend the indefensible.

Allerletzt
Allerletzt

 @Thanatos2k You need to look up what expansion packs are? How long they've been around? And what AC2 did is irrelevant here as well. I guess if they throw out sequels that continue where one game left off you're not getting the entire game either because they've chosen to tear that part off and sell it to you later as an entirely new game, with that logic. Movies and books are also trying to nickel and dime us with their sequels and not putting all the content into the original books or movies. They're all out to get us and our money cus they didn't include every bit of content into the ONE game/movie/book/thing.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Allerletzt@Thanatos2k

When you were playing Assassin's Creed 2 and the game jumped over MISSING CHAPTERS THAT WERE SOLD AS DLC did you think "Wow, this is definitely a complete game I just purchased.  They definitely did not take out this content to sell back to me."

 

The complete game is 100% of the content.  Only an idiot would suggest otherwise.  You are not getting 100% of the content for $60.  This is undeniable.

 

Are you some kind of PR shill?  Ubisoft damage control perhaps?

Allerletzt
Allerletzt

 @Thanatos2k Why aren't you getting the complete game for $60? Because they planned on adding DLC after the fact? Something that's gone on with PC for years, but it was called expansion packs, and people didn't whine, even though they often cost nearly as much as the game itself? It's really stupid to think that DLC is something new, other than the method we have it delivered to us and that it's now existent on console games. If you don't like getting additional content, then don't get it. But just because they plan on adding DLC doesn't mean you're not getting an entire game.

 

People need to stop equating DLC to taking parts out of the game to sell us later. It's not like they took out everything after the halfway point in the game and decided to charge more for it. I feel like I got an ENTIRE game. Does that mean it's all satisfying? No. Does that mean it's all good and can't improve? No. But that hardly means it's not an entire game.

 

But most people are reading just the title and whining about this DLC stuff even though nothing talked about in this is even DLC.

Enundr
Enundr

 @Thanatos2k  @Allerletzt  @philMcCrevis thanatos , the capcomesque would be your paying for stuff thats on the disk that you cant access at all otherwise , what you see here is paying to get access to the content early instead of unlocking it by playing the game , as Allerletzt said its EAesque.

Allerletzt
Allerletzt

 @Thanatos2k  @philMcCrevis Hardly. It's paying to unlock things early which can be obtained through normal gameplay means. If anything, it's EAesque seeing as EA did that with the older NFS titles and allowed you to pay MSP to unlock things through the game early without having to play through the game.

tonyrayo
tonyrayo

 @Allerletzt  @flammable_zeus Oh I know unlocking progression is not a new thing (I remember a Batman game I had on the Genesis would unlock a different skin for Batman once you completed the game... I'm sure there are even older examples).  What's new however is paying to unlock content that can otherwise be earned through regular gameplay,  Sorry if I didn't make that clear in my original post.  I was just waxing about who this content is for, as if you bought the game, wouldn't you want to play through it and collect the items yourself?  It just seems like the F2P model is slipping into paid console titles.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

 @Allerletzt  @tonyrayo It's certainly not new, but it's really getting out of hand. I understand unlocking skins and stuff for a little extra fun. However, unlocking things like weapons and gadgets in a multiplayer mode for a game doesn't make sense. You didn't have to do that for Goldeneye and if you did, by the time I'd have unlocked everything I'd be sick of the game. I look at games like Battlefield 3 and am astonished that this fake progression has taken place of actually enjoying the game. I gave up on BF3 when they added the $50 queue-skipping and $40 become-useful extras. I already paid $80 for this game and I'm still getting charged just to be able to play it properly? That's just one example, and clearly Ubisoft is following these footsteps with AC3.

Allerletzt
Allerletzt

 @flammable_zeus  @tonyrayo You say this as if unlocking progression is a new thing in games? It's been done for years, and there's really nothing wrong with it. You progress, you unlock things. You know all the characters in Goldeneye? You still had to meet goals to unlock them, and the cheats, and whatever else too. Perfect Dark? Same thing. Don't act as if games are just now using unlockables as incentive to keep playing them.

tonyrayo
tonyrayo

 @flammable_zeus  @trodeback Yeah I don't think trodeback is in the minority.  I mean there are console-exclusive titles that will have a large online community (such as the Halo series; okay technically the first two games were ported to PC but it's best not to think about those =p) but for online play, I turn to the PC (mostly Steam at that).  The little bit of online console play I'm involved in takes place on my PS3 (love my 360, have enjoyed hundreds of hours of Rock Band via IRL parties; besides the fact that I don't want to pay for Xbox Live... I bought a year's membership once and online maybe a handful of times) and even then it's normally with IRL friends or people I've met online and can actually tolerate and enjoy their company =p.

 

I remember "Resistance 3" being one of the first games sold with the new "Online Pass".  I liked the first two titles but the multiplayer was pretty weak and I think the "Online Pass" introduction was a major turn-off.  It also happens to be the worst selling of the 3 PS3 titles in the trilogy - http://www.vgchartz.com/gamedb/?name=resistance&platform=PS3 - unless the game is given away for free via PSN+ I doubt I will ever play it, I love Insomniac too, but I will receive no closure on this day =p.