Ubisoft will apparently release Assassin’s Creed 3: Washington Edition for consoles in the spring. As you may have guessed, this package contains Assassin’s Creed 3 along with the Tyranny of King Washington DLC. Ubisoft is also looking to release Ghost Recon Anthology, a collection of HD Ghost Recon titles on consoles. This is also apparently due sometime during the spring.
Today, Ubisoft announces the launch of The Infamy, the first episode in the three-part Assassin’s Creed III – The Tyranny of King Washington downloadable content series, on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Windows PCs. This episode will be available for PlayStation 3 starting tomorrow, February 20. The Tyranny of King Washington will arrive on the Wii U eShop on February 21st.
In the first episode of the Tyranny of King Washington series, our hero, Ratonhnhaké:ton, awakens from an unsettling dream to find that, despite his efforts to deliver justice in the newly-founded United States of America, a new king has been crowned – George Washington. The Infamy will take gamers through the beginning of the journey to dethrone King Washington.
Ubisoft has announced that first two downloadable content packs for Assassin’s Creed 3 are now available to purchase on Wii U. The first pack is titled Hidden Secrets and is available from the Wii U eShop for $4.99. The second pack is titled Battle Hardened and is available for purchase at $9.99. The Hidden Secrets Pack offers three extra missions that were previously only available as pre-order bonuses. The Battle Hardened Pack DLC adds three new multiplayer maps.
DeviantArt user ChaoyuanXu has created some astonishing Chinese themed Assassin’s Creed artwork. The image were found by Reddit user Windy Knight who posted the images to the popular online website. You can view the incredible images right here.
Today, Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed 3 is the fastest-selling game in the company’s history, with total sell-through topping the 7 million mark worldwide just one month after its release. Fans have wasted no time exploring the game’s open world, and getting involved in the action-packed story.
In solo missions alone, players have accumulated more than 82 centuries of gaming time and committed more than 3 billion assassinations. The deadly action continues in the multiplayer, where more than twice as many players have joined the multiplayer mode compared to Assassin’s Creed Revelations. To date, more than 250 million assassinations have been performed in more than 5 billion multiplayer sessions.
“We are delighted with the performance of Assassin’s Creed III this Christmas. This is a beautiful and epic game of exceptional quality and we’re pleased that our fans have responded so well to the brand new universe, storyline and game experience.”
- Rob Cooper, UK managing director
It has been discovered that you can play Assassin’s Creed 3 in stereoscopic 3D on the Wii U GamePad. You can enable the stereoscopic 3D in the game’s setting menu. To view the game in 3D you’ll need to have a pair of green and magenta 3D spectacles.
Assassin’s Creed III for Wii U may be delayed, according to an e-mail sent by Best Buy to consumers who’ve pre-ordered Wii U’s version of Ubisoft’s latest action-adventure game. Assassin’s Creed III released last month for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and is scheduled to launch alongside Nintendo’s new console on November 18th, but the e-mail suggests that the Wii U version’s release date has been pushed back to December 31st.
Update: Ubisoft Says Assassin’s Creed III For Wii U Is Not Delayed
Ubisoft has announced that the Wii U version of Assassin’s Creed 3 will be getting all the downloadable content that will be available on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Ubisoft has revealed that there will be five pieces of downloadable content. Three will form an all-new single-player campaign. These will be made “available as a continual episodic story that will let players experience an alternate history of the American Revolution.”
Assassin’s Creed 3 creative director Alex Hutchinson has revealed that the Wii U version of Assassin’s Creed 3 is exactly the same as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game. Hutchinson said that he was relieved that the development team managed to produce exactly the same game that’s on the other platforms without sacrificing anything.
“I’m super excited whenever we demo the Wii U. It is exactly the same game that’s on the other platforms. And I know that sounds ridiculous, but it’s been a long time since I’ve shipped a game on more than three platforms where you could say it’s all the same. It’s not like some radically diminished version, so that’s exciting.”
It’s always a challenge with new hardware, but it’s also exciting. I love the smell of new plastic, that day you get home with your new piece of kit. And it’s been a long time since we’ve had a new piece of kit.”
Slash Gear writer Don Reisinger, the same person who tried to convince people not to pre-order Nintendo’s upcoming console, admits Wii U’s launch lineup is impressive. Reisinger likes the fact that Wii U will launch with “kid-focused titles,” like Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U, as well as games for adults, including Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Assassin’s Creed III.
I have to say, I’m awfully impressed. I know that I’ve been somewhat tough on the Wii U here on Slashgear, saying that you shouldn’t preorder the device just yet, but perhaps this game lineup could change my mind. For once, Nintendo seems to understand the importance of third-parties, with 19 of the titles coming from a company other than the Mario maker.
I’m a firm believer that game libraries define video game consoles. And I’m also a firm believer that without a solid launch lineup of titles that appeal to all kinds of gamers, it’ll be difficult for a console to get off the ground.
The Wii U’s launch lineup appears to check all of the boxes gamers would expect. There are the kid-focused titles, of course, but you’ll also find some adult games, like Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Assassin’s Creed III. Add that to the new Darksiders and Arkham City and I think you have a solid game lineup.
And for those of us who still look back fondly at the old days of console launches that included all kinds of fighting games, having Tekken Tag Tournament 2 available on launch day just feels, well, right.