The day after President’s Day in the United States, Fox News sensationalized that downloadable content for Assassin’s Creed III, dubbed The Tyranny of King Washington,
depicts an alternate reality in which George Washington accepts the
title of king, eventually becoming a tyrant. In reality, however,
Washington declined titles such as “King” and “Emperor” when he was
offered them by the Continental Congress, and he started the practice of
exiting office after a second term.
Curators from Washington’s former Mount Vernon estate do not have any
problems with the release, as it depicts a fictional version of the
beloved former president.
Unlike other historic military figures, Washington admirably stepped
away from power and returned to private life. George Washington set
the precedent for this democracy’s peaceful transition of power. Mount
Vernon hopes that this game will give its players some perspective on
this important accomplishment, which is often overlooked.
Nathan Fouts, a game developer from Indiana, argues that Ubisoft, the creators of Assassin’s Creed III, released the DLC close to President’s Day to get noticed in the game market.
I think they’re trying to do something a little edgy. To provoke some people … and get the most marketing
reaction that they can.
Do you consider the release of this game, particularly right after President’s Day, offensive?