Ubisoft Drops the Details on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin’s Creed III has been somewhat divisive among the fans.  Some loved it, some looked at it as an aging franchise deserving of a break.  To be honest, I’m not sure exactly where I stand.  On the whole, the AC franchise has never appealed to me (the cause of many debates here at Cinelinx HQ), and I’ve been ambivalent to all things related to it.  AC III piqued my interest for a few reasons that I went into last year, but it didn’t exactly deliver on everything it promised either. 

So here we are again, with a new Assassin’s Creed, a year later (though they’ve been working on it since 2011) and undoubtedly there are things that look pretty damn interesting in here.  The new setting is kind of neat in that you’re a pirate and you’re sailing the seven seas for plundering.  You still get off the ship to do some traditional exploring on islands, and you can apparently harpoon a whale (I can hear PETA bitching already).  I could go on, but I think it’s best for the press release and all the official goodies Ubisoft sent us this morning, to do the rest of the talking (trailer and official screens are sprinkled throughout).  I’ll let you judge for yourself.  Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is slated to hit stores on October 29, 2013:

Today, Ubisoft announced Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag, the next installment in the company’s best-selling franchise. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag introduces an all new hero and setting, and will feature the most diverse and seamless Assassin’s Creed world ever created.

In development for nearly two years, the game is being spearheaded by one of the veteran Assassin’s Creed teams in Ubisoft Montreal with support from Ubisoft studios in Annecy, Bucharest, Kiev, Quebec, Singapore and Sofia.  Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag will be released on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®4 from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Nintendo’s Wii U™ system, Windows PC and other next generation consoles. The game will be available on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Nintendo’s Wii U™ system on October 29, 2013.

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“With the new hero and new setting we are creating the boldest and most unique Assassin’s Creed game yet, while still respecting the pillars of the franchise that have made it such a fan favorite,” said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is based on a true, harsh and exciting part of a legendary era and will thrill longtime fans and newcomers alike.”

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates.

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Gameplay in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is based upon the franchise’s proven tenets. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag features a vast open world with more than 50 navigable locations. Combat combines the weaponry of the Assassin’s Order with armaments of the era, and rewards both daring and stealth. And the series’ acclaimed multiplayer experience is more varied and ruthless than ever in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag.

Customers who purchase Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag on PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 can download 60 minutes of additional gameplay via the PlayStation Network after the game’s launch.

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Customers who pre-order Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag at GameStop® will receive a Limited Edition collectible poster (while supplies last) featuring artwork created by legendary, award-winning artist Todd McFarlane.

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag can be pre-ordered at Uplay shop by visiting: http://shop.ubi.com/AC4BF

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Does this one have your attention, or are you wary of another yearly release?