Assassin's Creed III: King Washington trailer crosses the Potomac

Posted by CB Droege

Ubisoft has released a new clip for its upcoming alternate-history adventure DLC.

The Tyranny of King Washington continues the Assassin's Creed III story in a non-canon adventure which takes place just after the end of the revolutionary war.

While the Assassin's Creed stories are always fiction, they have traditionally focused on conspiracy fantasies, meaning that if you look in a real life history book, you'll never find any details that directly contradict what happens in the story because it's written in such a way to show how the events were concealed from the public eye.

This strategy makes the above-mentioned DLC a real departure, though, as it really twists history. Like all good alternate history stories it asks a simple 'what if' question of history: What if George Washington had been the kind of guy who would accept the crown offered to him?

A mostly well-known part of the founding of The United States is the story of Washington's forsaken crown. The first thought of the country's founders was to appoint Washington the king of the new nation, but he famously refused the crown they offered him, declaring that an elected official with a short term would be better for the government. This moment was a great turning point, and one which rested on the decision of one man. It could very easily have gone another way, and in this DLC, it does.

The developers have already directly stated that the story told in his expansion does not reflect the canon of the Assassin's Creed world, but they wanted to play with the historical figures a bit more than real history allows.

"While Assassin’s Creed III concentrates on history as it happens," explained executive producer Sebastien Puel. "We wanted to take some liberties with this DLC and tell you how things ‘could have happened."

Assassin's Creed III is available now. The Tyranny of King Washington DLC will be available for download in three parts released through the opening months of 2013.