Ubisoft and Sony have been promising some exclusive missions in the PlayStation 3 version of Assassin's Creed III for a while, but it's only today that the two companies have revealed the content of those missions. Those playing the latest sequel on the PS3 will be able to spend an hour or so tracking down infamous colonial traitor Benedict Arnold as he plans to surrender West Point to the hated British. The PlayStation Blog has a brief interview with Assassin Creed III scriptwriter Matt Turner in which some of the background behind Arnold's appearance is explained. Here's a bit of it:
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?
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.
Extra content is always welcome, and while it would be better for players across all platforms to enjoy the Arnold missions, I'll take what I can get. Back in my school days I took classes in European history with a focus on the Renaissance years, so I went into Assassin's Creed II and its sequels with a background on the cast of real characters that interacted with the fictional Assassins. It was fun for me to see a recognizable historical figure appear and already have a feeling as to where and how he or she would fit into the story. I also took classes in Colonial American history with a heavy look at the Revolutionary War, so you can imagine how much I'm looking forward to getting involved with Assassin's Creed III. I already feel like I know some of the major players beyond famous faces like George Washington, and knowing now that I'll have the chance to take down Benedict Arnold is a nice added incentive to play the game.