Just look at him. Mr. George Washington. All smug, sitting on his throne of lies and deceit. The menacing crown looks like it doesn’t exactly hang heavy on his head, and the guards in the background feel like a mash-up of the Foot Clan and a bad afternoon at your local Renaissance Fair.
Announced today by Ubisoft is the season pass DLC for Assassin’s Creed III. It features, you guessed it, an alternate history of George Washington, the first president of the United States. $30 will buy you access to the five upcoming packs of DLC for the game, including new maps, multiplayer characters and a three episode single player campaign called “The Tyranny of King Washington.”
The pricing of these packs after the season pass offer expires has not been announced. What’s also not been announced is the release date of the first batch of DLC. Just know that buying the season pass for $30 now will likely save you some scratch if you’re looking to snatch up all of the DLC later. It will save you 25%, according to Ubisoft. Furthermore, those that buy the season pass will have access to the first pack of DLC for a whole week prior to the rest of us…peasants.
Which brings me to my major problem with these season pass features. First of all, Assassin’s Creed III hasn’t even launched yet, and here we are going over news of a brand new batch of DLC for the game. Second of all, Ubisoft is asking players to pay money up front for content that hasn’t been shown, fully explained or reviewed. “Take our word for it, this is good stuff.” That doesn’t really work for me as a gamer.
I understand that publishers have come to a point in game sales where money must be made near the launch window of a product in order for investors to label it a “success.” Announcing DLC will surely earn money from diehard fans. However, as a gamer, it’s frustrating to see that companies wholeheartedly expect us to give them money for something we haven’t even seen yet.
Am I alone in thinking that’s a little bonkers? Still, evil George does look pretty cool.
This season pass is currently only being sold for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Assassin’s Creed III.
[via All Games Beta]