Let them eat... hidden blade!
With only a few weeks left before players get to take a Leap of Faith into Assassin's Creed Unity on November 11, Ubisoft is rolling out a few more bonuses to cushion the fall. In addition to the content you can expect to see in the game proper, Unity will also sport a bulky season pass that contains two big DLC packs, Dead Kings and Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China. The first promises to be darker than your heart is ready for, and Chronicles boasts the return of a long-lost familiar face.
Dead Kings, set after the events of Unity, takes place primarily in a necropolis beneath Saint Denis. That's the famous (and famously sacked) burial place of the French royal family in 1794, and Arno can expect to encounter more than his fair share of aggressive grave robbers. "This is truly the darkest story we've ever told on the franchise," says Unity Creative Director Alex Amancio, and given that AC has featured entire families being wiped out and folks getting burned to death, that's a tall order. Chronicles, meanwhile, is a sidescroller set in Imperial China and starring Shao Jun, a Chinese disciple of Ezio Auditore who first appeared in the Assassin's Creed Embers short film. She returns to her home country to restore the Chinese Brotherhood, an adventure depicted through a pseudo-2D art style reminiscent of traditional brush painting.
Together the packs will run $29.99 (£18.36, €23.47) with 30% off the top if you pre-order, and are expected to be available in early 2015. That'll give you plenty of time to dig your hidden blades into Unity, set during the bloody days of the French Revolution and boasting new-gen graphic capabilities, an expansive and chaotic Paris, and more angry mobs than it would be wise to shake a stick at. This looks to be a full package, and it won't be much longer before you can cut it open.
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