There was a time when gamers would throw their arms up in frustration at day-and-date DLC announcements – though, as the practice has become increasingly common, it seems that players are less inclined to get out their pitchforks and take to the streets. Unsurprisingly, like many 2011 triple-A titles before it, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will get DLC add-ons only a few short weeks after release.

At this point, the announced add-on, “The Ancestors Character Pack,” is only set to deliver new multiplayer characters – possibly another reason why players aren’t freaking out about the announcement.

Following up on the introduction of new multiplayer characters such as The Sentinel, “The Ancestors Character Pack” will bring a new batch of characters into the online arena: the Privateer, the Corsair, the Brigand and the Gladiator. The characters aren’t just “skins” either – as each one features unique moves and weaponry.

Check out images of “The Ancestors” in action below followed by the full details from Ubisoft:

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will feature downloadable content following the game release, starting with “The Ancestors Character Pack” on December 13. The first new downloadable content features four new multiplayer characters: the swashbuckling Privateer, the devious siren Corsair, the battle-tested Brigand and the bloodthirsty Gladiator. Each character is personalized with unique taunts, weapons and stylized assassination moves.

The Ancestors Character Pack will be available for download December 13 for $3.99 on the PlayStation Network and 320 Microsoft Points on XBOX LIVE. The first two downloadable content packs are available for pre-order today.

Ubisoft has a tough challenge with Assassin’s Creed DLC – as, despite a great multiplayer offering, most players enjoy the game for its campaign and would be more likely to purchase new missions over online-only characters. Who wouldn’t like an epilogue to the game featuring the samurai protagonist from Assassin’s Creed: Embers? However, there’s been outcry in the past over “missing” DNA sequences that players assumed Ubisoft intentionally left out – just to offer as DLC down the line. That said, in games with as much content as the Assassin’s Creed installments, it’s hard to fault developers for campaign DLC, considering the amount of hours worth of content available in the main game (not to mention the bonus multiplayer mode).

The press release also directly mentions pre-ordering the “first two downloadable content packs” – so, at this point, we already know that more Assassin’s Creed: Revelations content is en route. As a result, it’ll be especially interesting to see what kind of DLC Ubisoft announces for the game in the near future. Which would you prefer multiplayer maps/skins or campaign missions?

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Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is out now for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

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