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Ubisoft is preparing a trio of special editions for Assassin's Creed III: The Freedom Edition, Join or Die Edition, and the standard Special Edition. Info on the uber versions was released alongside a new trailer and three more images (in addition to the ones posted in today's preview, Assassin’s Creed III – First look at the Revolution through Connor’s eyes).

The Freedom Edition represents that larger of the three special offerings. It will arrive in a massive Collector Box featuring Assassin's Creed III in a steelbook designed by Alex Ross (read: Assassin's Creed III - We interview artist Alex Ross about his ACIII art, Assassins vs Batman, and more). Bonus content will include a Connor figurine; an exclusive lithograph; and George Washington's Notebook, outlining the dead president's research on the Assassins and Templars. In addition, The Freedom Edition will ship with access to the Lost Mayan Ruins bonus mission, a single player expansion that will take Connor to an ancient Mayan temple and unlock new gear; the Ghost of War single player mission, which will unlock the powerful Pontiac's War Club weapon; and the Sharpshooter multiplayer pack, featuring the Sharpshooter character and related assets.

The Join or Die version – so named for the iconic 1754 Benjamin Franklin political cartoon – is a little less bulky. It will ship with an Assassins Guild medallion, the George Washington Notebook, and both the Ghost of War and Sharpshooter game content.

Lastly, the regular Special Edition will sport a unique package and an exclusive single player mission called A Dangerous Secret, which will award players with a Flintlock Musket.

It's unknown how much each edition will cost, or if the bonus content will be available as DLC on the day of launch or shortly thereafter. Until we hear more, we'll assume the answers to those mysteries are “a decent sum” and “absolutely”.

Assassin's Creed arrives for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 30 in North America, and October 31 in the UK. A Wii U version is in development, but no further details have been released.

9 comments

  • Dakken - May 28, 2012 6:45 p.m.

    Not to comment on a 2 month old post... But is there any news of any of these (Other then a standard/steel case edition) coming to America??? Not unless we're getting some spaztastic super patriotic edition. But I've been looking everywhere for some type of info for the U.S. Hope so, or else I'll have to Ebay it from EU, and that would not be fun!
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - March 27, 2012 6:59 p.m.

    Bu..wha...WHERE WAS THIS A WEEK AGO?!? I already pre-ordered so I could get the steelbook! *sigh*
  • pkozyra64 - March 26, 2012 7:10 p.m.

    I'm throwing my money at the screen and nothing is happening!
  • Darkhawk - March 26, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    I hate how different special editions come with different missions. I understand the need to incentivise new purchases, but deliberately forcing players to decide which they want packed in (and which to pay for in Day One DLC) seems a bit unfair.
  • garnsr - March 26, 2012 3:47 p.m.

    I only want extra stuff in-game, I don't care about special cases or statues or anything. It looks like every version has different in-game bonuses, so I'd guess they would be available separately later on.
  • Shadow Of Death - March 26, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    If the PC version is Steamworks and not loaded with shitty DRM on top of that, then I MIGHT get one of the Collectors Editions. Possibly the most expensive one (I'm a sucker for CEs/SEs). Bit annoying that each set has something exclusive. Though the DLC will likely be something you can pay for separate later, the two bigger editions will have exclusive physical goodies, which sucks ~_~
  • wingsdjy - March 26, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    Grrr...I want the medallion and the figurine...
  • bebl09 - March 26, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    I hate when game companies split up their rewards like this, so it's impossible to get everything if you want it. Also, I found it slightly ironic that they recently said the game isn't all patriotic 'merricuh flag-waving, and then they announce the Freedom and Join or Die Editions lol.
  • wingsdjy - March 26, 2012 1:10 p.m.

    It's definitely annoying when companies do this. I remember it was the same thing for the Limited and Legendary editions of Halo 3 (I ended up getting the Limited on release day, and picking up the Legendary a couple years later for $30). I might have to do the same thing here. The 'Join or Die' packaging is a lot cooler than the 'Freedom' one for displaying on my nerd shelf.

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