Alternate History Lesson: Assassin’s Creed III and The Tyranny of King George

With Assassin’s Creed III sneaking it’s way onto store shelves in less than a month, Ubisoft has pulled the curtain back on their DLC plans and post release support of the game.  The title of this article isn’t in reference to King George III like you probably first thought.  No, this is referring to King George Washington.  What if he hadn’t given up his power at the end of the war?

Being delivered in multiple parts, this non-canon and fictional take on a “what if” situation, sees America’s hero, George Washington, falling to the temptation of power in his desire to secure the fate of the colonies after the war is over.  Washington takes control, becomes king and soon takes his new power to the extreme.  It’s up to Connor to dethrone his former friend.

A $30 season pass will be available to players which will grant you 5 pieces of DLC for a 25% off savings and one week early access to each DLC pack.  You’ll be able to nab this King George DLC separately if you want as well.

Ubisoft has a very cool idea in presenting their take on an alternate history.  What’s more interesting to me is the fact that they haven’t tried this at all in the past.  I know that they pride their self on being as historically accurate as possible but the DLC really does give an opportunity to throw stuff out there and try new things.  Perhaps now that the main story is coming to a close, this frees up the creativity side as they’re no longer bound to the story.  Either way, I’m actually excited about this and the other DLC coming for ACIII especially if it allows Ubisoft to mess with history in fascinating ways.  I think it’s safe to say that most people at one point or another have thought about how certain historical events may have changed if something different happened.

Here’s hoping this DLC won’t be taken out of context and people start complaining about going after an American Legend.  I can see this now on FOX News unfortunately, especially after they typically demonize games like Mass Effect.

I’ve come up with a few more “What If” scenarios that would be pretty interesting.  What about you?  What direction would you like to see Ubisoft go with the DLC?

WHAT IF Benedict Arnold didn’t betray the American Colonies?

WHAT IF the British didn’t bungle the Battle of Saratoga?

WHAT IF the Americans were able to succeed in taking Quebec?

WHAT IF The French didn’t gain enough confidence through American victories to join on the side of the Americans and instead remained mostly neutral?

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4 Responses to Alternate History Lesson: Assassin’s Creed III and The Tyranny of King George

  1. This DLC sounds creative, but I prefer alternate histories on a grander scale… I’m not crazy about them when they are this specific. When a story plays with a real historical figure’s legacy, it bothers me for some reason. (I also thought Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was sort of disrespectful.)

    But I like your idea of what might have happened if French loyalties had been different! That kind of DLC would definitely pique my interest. As for this one… The idea of King George Washington feels wrong, but that’s just the history major in me being boring. =)

    • gamercrash says:

      haha, I definitely understand where you’re coming from. I’m also a big fan of history and even minored in it so I’m naturally drawn to games like this I guess.

      I guess in regards to this DLC, I like the direction Ubisoft is going. Exploring the “What Ifs” of these major events. I do hope they push further into this territory and hey, if you’re reading this Ubi, feel free to take my ideas.

      I understand where you’re coming from though and I’m sure many people feel that way about taking a legend such as Washington and turning him into a “bad guy”. Kind of goes against everything we know about the man. I guess part of me finds the premise kind interesting to explore. Something different if you will.

      • Yeah, I do like to think about the “What ifs” of history, and it’s an interesting premise, like you said. This particular DLC might be uncomfortable for me, but on the other hand, it would be my worst nightmare to agree with Fox News, should it come that! Oh god.

        • gamercrash says:

          Haha but you know them, they take things up, over, and beyond the facts.

          Interestingly enough, I just heard that there are two different Assassin’s Creed III trailers that just released with the North American version being edited because the UK version shows Revolutionary fighters being killed by Connor. Very interesting.

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