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.