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Assassin’s Creed III: Expose Benedict Arnold Exclusively on PS3

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Oct 23, 2012 // Senior Manager, Social Media

Benedict Arnold’s secret plot to betray West Point and sabotage the American Revolution earned him the ultimate mark of infamy: a name that will forevermore be synonymous with deceit and treachery. And on October 30th, the most reviled turncoat in American history will be virtually resurrected in Assassin’s Creed III to pay his dues once more — but only on PlayStation 3.

The PS3-exclusive four-mission arc begins with a special request from General Washington in exposing a rumored plot to overthrow West Point, a critical link in the defense of the Colonies against Great Britain. Across four missions, Connor will flush out Loyalist spies and work undercover for Benedict Arnold, culminating in a full-blown assault on West Point that Connor must halt at all costs.

We reached out to Assassin Creed III scriptwriter Matt Turner to learn more about what’s in store for PS3 players on October 30th.


PlayStation.Blog: What prompted you to choose Benedict Arnold as the focal point of these PS3-exclusive missions?
Matt Turner, Scriptwriter, Assassin’s Creed III: Benedict Arnold is a name that transcended the Revolution and became a synonym for the word ‘traitor’. Given some of the themes in the main story thread, it flowed really well with some of the later beats… but I won’t be specific as they are spoilers! It was also a great opportunity for us to tell a story that people know but don’t really know, you know?

PSB: How accurate are the details regarding Benedict Arnold’s activities? Does it build on what we know about Arnold’s treason, or does it fall more in line with alternate history fiction a la The Tyranny of King Washington?

“Who was there, what they did, and what happened to them is as precise as the history books would allow.”

MT: It’s definitely not like King Washington. We have some scenes that have the actual words spoken by key players in the events at West Point, according to the records from the court proceedings following what happened. On the other side of things, we needed to inject it with some gameplay so there are some liberties in terms of the action. But who was there, what they did, and what happened to them is as precise as the history books would allow.

Our interpretation of Arnold actually weaves into the overall fiction and to divulge that would be to spoil a portion of the story. That being said, we don’t like having “bad guys” in Assassin’s Creed and this is no different in terms to Arnold and these missions. He has his reasons, and from a certain perspective they make complete sense.

Assassin's Creed III for PS3: Exclusive Benedict Arnold Missions only on PlayStation

PSB: What kinds of activities and missions will players embark on during the Benedict Arnold missions?
MT: The player will be fighting a variety of characters from both sides of the conflict. Activities range from the mundane to the epic… but I don’t want to give too much away, as it’s part of the experience!

PSB: What’s your favorite detail about the Benedict Arnold mission arc in the game?
MT: I actually think the exchange between some Patriots and one of the traitors that we were able to reproduce word-for-word is my favorite part.

PSB: On a final note, what might have happened if General Washington hadn’t learned of Benedict Arnold’s treason and put an end to it?

“If West Point had been captured by the British… the Patriots would have lost the war.”

A simple fact is that the Hudson River was the single most strategic body of water during the American Revolution. It essentially split the colonies in two, so whoever controlled the river controlled the supply lines. And West Point was by far the most heavily fortified area during the war for this very reason. Where the fort was built, the river narrowed and made a small ‘S’, allowing enough room for only one tall ship to pass through at a time. The Patriots built a massive chain on rafts floating across the water stopping any ship from making its way up because they were so outmatched in terms of the navy. It was the only way they could hope to hold it – and it worked.

A large portion of Revolutionary historians contend that if West Point had been captured by the British, and the chain destroyed, the Patriots would have lost the war.

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+ chowder_07 on October 23rd, 2012 at 6:42 pm said:

I wish they pull it back on the 26th of October… *sigh*


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+ angelspawn77 on October 23rd, 2012 at 9:15 pm said:

game looks fantastic and I”m glad ps3 owners are getting exclusive content. This game is getting promoted very well, but I do think that Liberation is not getting promoted enough. I hope you guys release a commercial for liberation as well, I’ve seen plenty of AC3, but liberation does not have one. Also the Vita bundle should be mentioned at the end of it ( I am getting the white Vita bundle btw) but some may not know about it or how awesome AC liberation looks. I think it needs more marketing and a commercial on TV. Lets be honest Vita hasn’t been doing so well and it needs better marketing.


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+ Stefdk on October 24th, 2012 at 6:23 am said:

Maybe people from the US can answer my question, or Playstation US? If I pay more for the game on PS store instead of disc. Will I still get the Benedict Arnold DLC? Ubisoft have said that its only on the first orders of AC3 on disc the Benedict Arnold missions will be on (At least in europe) So basicly I am talking about the EÙ store, but my guess is that the content will be the same as US store.


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+ ncc-017 on October 24th, 2012 at 6:00 pm said:

If I pre-ordered on the PS Store will it include the extra missions?


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+ slysonic18 on October 24th, 2012 at 6:44 pm said:

Could someone please answer my questions! I’ve never been responded to.

1. do you get pre-order bonuses when you preorder the ac3 ps3 bundle?

2. Is there any kind of multiplayer on ac3 liberation?

respond soon please!


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+ Squall1011 on October 25th, 2012 at 7:23 am said:

They seem to be ignoring our questions when we started asking about this DLC being in the PSN version of the game :(


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+ SenorHernandez on October 28th, 2012 at 12:50 pm said:

@Sid Shuman

Does it matter at which store I buy Assassin’s Creed III (PS3 version) to get the 60 minutes free gameplay. I want to buy the Dutch version of Assassin’s Creed III special edition (I’m from Holland), but all the sites don’t mention the free gameplay, but just that it includes the mission ‘A Dangerous Secret’. So do I have to buy the game at amazon.co.uk to get the 60 minutes of gameplay or do all the PS3 versions get this coupon code?


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+ Biotanker on October 28th, 2012 at 1:52 pm said:

I bet this question is obvious, but if I get ACIII Limited Edition at GameStop (which I have pre-ordered), do I still get the PS3 Exclusive Content?


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+ frostsoldier7 on November 8th, 2012 at 9:32 am said:

Hey brohams i can’t wait for me to get this i made a deal with my dad to let me have it if i do 25 school work assignments in 2 days (home schooled) and i just need one more to go add me on ps3.


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