Assassin's Creed 3's PlayStation 3-exclusive downloadable content consists of four story missions centered on Benedict Arnold, Ubisoft and Sony revealed today.
Ubisoft announced the content at E3 2012, and according to the box art for the PS3 version of Assassin's Creed 3, the missions will comprise about an hour of bonus content.
In an interview with the PlayStation Blog, Assassin's Creed 3 writer Matt Turner explained that the Benedict Arnold content is rooted in actual history — unlike the previously announced alternate-history downloadable expansion, "The Tyranny of King Washington," which proposes George Washington as absolute ruler of the American states.
"We have some scenes that have the actual words spoken by key players in the events at West Point," said Turner, explaining that "who was there, what they did and what happened to them is as precise as the history books would allow."
In addition, Turner said Ubisoft's Benedict Arnold tale "actually weaves into the [game's] overall fiction," flowing "really well with some of the later beats" of the story. However, he did not divulge more details for fear of spoiling the missions.
A trailer for the exclusive content outlines the story. George Washingon gets wind of Arnold's plan to help the British capture West Point, so he sends Connor the Assassin to find out the truth. "The mere idea of the Patriots being breached would be crippling to morale, to the war," says Washington, instructing Connor to keep the mission clandestine so the Continental Army doesn't hear of Arnold's betrayal. Connor eventually confronts Arnold, who denies the allegations just before the Redcoats attack West Point.
Assassin's Creed 3 launches in North America on Oct. 30 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; Wii U on Nov. 18; and PC on Nov. 20.