Assassin's Creed III gets PS3-exclusive Benedict Arnold missions

Benedict Arnold's defection from the rebels to the loyalists is one of the sadder stories of the American Revolution. Maybe that will soften the blow for Xbox 360 and Wii U Assassin's Creed III players, who will not receive the PlayStation 3 exclusive set of missions depicting Arnold's plot to hand over the strategically invaluable West Point to the British.

The four missions will be available at launch on PS3 on October 30 in the US and October 31 in Europe, most likely as a free download (as was the case for the PS3-exclusive Copernicus Conspiracy for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood).

The pack begins with General George Washington asking assassin Connor to sniff out rumors of the treason, and ends with a full-scale military assault on West Point. ACIII script writer Matt Turner spoke to the PlayStation Blog about the new mission's historical accuracy.

"We have some scenes that have the actual words spoken by key players in the events at West Point, according to the records from the court proceedings following what happened," Turner said. "On the other side of things, we needed to inject it with some gameplay so there are some liberties in terms of the action. But who was there, what they did, and what happened to them is as precise as the history books would allow."

While Benedict Arnold's name has become associated with wretched turncoats, his story is not so simple. Turner said these considerations will be reflected in the game.

"We don’t like having “bad guys” in Assassin’s Creed and this is no different in terms to Arnold and these missions. He has his reasons, and from a certain perspective they make complete sense."




  • codzprc - October 24, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    What gives? I read an article here last week that said good ol' Eggs Benedict wasn't going to make into the game - in fact, the exact quote of Matt Turner from the GR article was: "It wasn’t even a technical thing, it was just a matter of the gameplay and where the story was going, and there was no room for it," I just noticed it that quote ends in a comma though... does that mean you omitted the end of the comment? "...was going, and there was no room for it, except for in a 4 mission PS3 exclusive DLC pack. Screw you, xbox fans!" I would have omitted that part, too. What likely happened is Sony swung round Ubisoft one day and inquired as to what could boost their sales, and Ubi was all, "Well, we have some AC3 missions that didn't fit the story line..." So, Sony payed some vast amount of cash to secure these missions. As a 360 owner, I feel irreparably betrayed. Which is fitting, given the DLC content.
  • robotdickens - October 23, 2012 8:25 p.m.

    I won't be pissed about this as long as the release something exclusive for the 360 and Wii U owners. I am sick and tired of PS3 getting a bunch of cool stuff and now they're in an uproar over the little thing of Skyrim DLC. Let's keep it balanced here folks.
  • bebl09 - October 24, 2012 5:32 a.m.

    They won't release something exclusive for other consoles (possibly Wii U actually, but not 360). They didn't for Brotherhood so can't see them doing for this either.
  • SonyBacker - October 23, 2012 4:53 p.m.

    Try telling that to PS3 Skyrim owners. Boy do I just love playing Dawnguard on my PS3.....oh wait....I realised, I DON'T FUCKING HAVE IT. Months go by and yet apparently Bethesda are having problems coding dawnguard properly, but yet 360 players are happily playing it, and HearTHfire, and us PS3 gamers don't even know if we are getting the DLC because 1 minute the dick (whats his name) is saying it's coming then he is saying oh we didn't say if ps3 are getting Dawnguard dlc or not. It's nice to see us get some exclusive DLC, and judging by PS3 xmas deals and 360 xmas deals, PS3 win this year. FLAME WAR......GOOOOOOW!!!!!
  • Cheezwas - October 23, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    This game looks awesome. Anyone know if the PS3 version supports 3d?
  • ObliqueZombie - October 23, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    I'm all for video game exclusives for each system, but DLC exclusives? That's a bit much. They have plenty of fans on each system, and I doubt a "majority" of them are the PS3. It's probably an even split down the middle for Xbox and PS3. They're pretty much jipping a large portion of their fans who want to experience all things Assassin's Creed. But at least the PS3 gets something good, what with all the problems with various new games it's had recently.
  • Hig1134 - October 24, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    "what with all the problems with various new games it's had recently" I know about the Skyrim DLC, but, care to elaborate on the "various" other problems??
  • ObliqueZombie - October 24, 2012 12:51 p.m.

    There have been reported problems with Resident Evil 6, straight from Capcom's mouth: Many reviews of Borderlands 2, as well, have noted that the obvious rendering problems that the game already has (even on PC) are more apparent and long-lasting on the PS3. There have been others, but seeing as I'm in my college class and off to do homework assignments, the other recent issues elude me, but rest assured they're there. Note that I'm not hating on the PS3, I quite love the system, but I won't ignore the problems it's having now just as I haven't any other gaming platforms.

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