As the Assassin's Creed franchise has grown, so too has the size of its DLC and Season Passes. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag DLC Freedom Cry was big enough to eventually warrant a standalone release, and today Ubisoft has continued its trend of hefty DLC with the reveal of the additional content that comes with the Season Pass for upcoming title Assassin's Creed Unity, which is set during the French Revolution and features a new protagonist called Arno Dorian.
The trailer for Assassin's Creed Unity's Season Pass details two main points of interest. There's Dead Kings, a new story campaign that sends Arno to the rural city of Saint Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, where the royal dead were buried and eventually plundered. Armed with a new weapon, the guillotine gun, Arno heads into the Basilica of Saint Denis to confront a new enemy faction called the Raiders. Dead Kings is described as being a lot darker than the main game, which is fitting considering it takes place largely in a burial site.
The other major announcement is Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, which will bring back Chinese Assassin Shao Jun. The character was first introduced in the short animated film Assassin's Creed: Embers, in which she approaches Ezio Auditore da Firenze during the final chapter of his life and begs his help for one last mission. Chronicles makes Shao Jun playable in a downloadable 2.5D game set in the 16th century Middle Kingdom, after the Assassin has returned to her homeland. Check out artwork and screenshots from the DLC content below.
The Season Pass will also include additional missions set in Paris as well as 30 extra pieces of weapons, equipment and outfits, including the launch day exclusive Fleur de Lys sword. Players who pre-order the Season Pass will also get an exclusive double-handed war axe.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China looks like something of a mixed blessing. This year in particular there was been a big demand for an Assassin's Creed game with a female protagonist, and almost since the series' inception fans have been asking for a game set in China or Japan. While Chronicles might meet those demands, some might still be disappointed that Shao Jun's story has been relegated to a 2.5D side-scroller instead of a main title.
That aside Chronicles does look like it could be an excellent game in its own right, and while there's an ongoing debate regarding whether or not DLC content should be included in the asking price of the main game, the Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass looks like it will come with plenty of worthy content. Let us know if the comments if you'll be investing in the Season Pass, or if this trailer failed to convince you that it's worth the extra cost.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity is set for release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on November 11, 2014. All of the DLC content mentioned above will be released by early 2015.