Ubisoft has confirmed that the downloadable content that will follow the launch of Assassin’s Creed 3 will not be canon. This is great news for those of you who aren’t particularly fond of DLC or just want the entire self-contained experience right out of the box.
In an interview with Official Xbox Magazine, lead designer Steve Masters shared why Ubisoft decided to go this route, claiming that it was ultimately the best way to not splinter their audience.
For me, the DLC has always been a touchy thing for putting important story moments into. Ultimately it fractures the audience and makes it really difficult for people to keep up with what is the canon of the series.
For us, we want to have a little fun with it and have a less serious experience, a less earnest experience, and setting it in an alternate history environment gives us room and freedom to play around with things in a more whimsical manner.
Just a few weeks ago, Ubisoft announced their plans for DLC surrounding an alternate history in which George Washington becomes the first evil king of the United States. As we all know, that didn’t actually happen, but it’s great to see Ubisoft have fun with the creative possibility.
“We think people are going to enjoy it, have fun with it – we’ve just got to remember it’s not part of the canon, it’s just there as something for players to enjoy,” he concluded.
Assassin’s Creed 3 launches on October 30th for the Xbox 360 and PS3.