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
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
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.