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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

PC | PlayStation 3 | PlayStation 4 | Xbox 360 | Xbox One
Genre: Action
Developer: Ubisoft Official Site: http://www.assassinscreed.com
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date:
29th October 2013
Friday, 16 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:04am 16/05/14 | 0 Comments
Ubisoft has shared their updated sales statistics in the latest year-end financial report, noting that a whopping 11 million copies of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag have been shipped to retailers since its launch last year.

While it isn't quite there yet with reaching Assassin's Creed 3's sales of 12.5 million, the title now cements the brand as the fourth largest by retail sales for the past nine years. It isn't no surprise then to hear that Ubisoft are preparing for two titles this year, one for next-gen and PC and one for past-gen's PS3 and Xbox 360.

"We are extremely pleased that Assassin's Creed has become the fourth-biggest franchise in the industry," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said during the publisher's earnings call today, adding that the Assassin's Creed development team has been progressively growing the brand "into a regular 10 million-plus elite franchise."

Assassin's Creed Unity, the only Assassin's Creed game that Ubisoft has announced for 2014 so far, is being developed by 10 different Ubisoft subsidiaries around the globe, according to a financial presentation from the publisher. The slide lists Ubisoft Montreal as the lead developer on Assassin's Creed Unity, as well as the nine other internal studios providing assistance: Toronto, Singapore, Quebec, Annecy, Shanghai, Chengdu, Kiev, Montpellier and Bucharest.

“As a company, we expect to continue to support those consoles for the foreseeable future,” said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot on the topic of supporting past-gen consoles. He also indicated that Assassin’s Creed will appear on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this fall, though no further information was given.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:20am 12/03/14 | 0 Comments
Ubisoft has unveiled a new edition of their latest Assassin's Creed title, offering up the entire game alongside the inclusion of the season pass to ensure you have a complete pirate adventure. This new edition includes the previous four digital packs - Death Vessel, Kraken Ship, Crusader & Florentine, and Illustrious Pirates - plus two multiplayer packs and the now standalone Freedom Cry DLC.
The year is 1715. Pirates rule the Caribbean and have established their own lawless Republic where corruption, greediness and cruelty are commonplace.
Among these outlaws is a brash young captain named Edward Kenway. His fight for glory has earned him the respect of legends like Blackbeard, but also drawn him into the ancient war between Assassins and Templars, a war that may destroy everything the pirates have built.

Experience the lives of ruthless and merciless pirates in History’s Golden Age of Piracy! Impersonate great adventurers of the Caribbean and unleash lethal new skills and weapons. Explore mysterious islands and with the colors of your sails, strike fear into the hearts of any sailor daring to cross your path!
Titled the Jackdaw Edition, the new bundle will be available in Australia and New Zealand come March 27th for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Post by Eorl @ 03:04pm 12/02/14 | 0 Comments
Ubisoft has announced a new multiplayer DLC pack for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, titled Guild of Rogues. The add-on is available to download right now for PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One and will arrive tomorrow for PlayStation 3 and 4.

The new DLC includes three new character classes - The Siren, The Stowaway and The Shaman, plus new customisation options and moves. It marks the final DLC for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Season Pass holders, though we aren't too sure if this means the end of DLC entirely for Ubisoft's pirate game.

Alongside the new classes. two extra maps will also become available for all players next week on 17th February, Ubisoft has said. These will include the new offering of Kingston and Assassin's Creed 3 favourite Charlestown.
Friday, 13 December 2013
Post by Eorl @ 03:28pm 13/12/13 | 21 Comments
Today Ubisoft announced that Freedom Cry, the post launch downloadable content for their pirate-themed title Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, will be available to eager ship sailors come next week. Those on the PlayStation brands will find the DLC available come December 18th while all other platforms will gain access to the DLC come December 17th.

The single-player DLC comprises nine missions, in which players take on the role of former slave Adewale. Now first mate to blond buccaneer Edward Kenway, Adewale finds himself washed up in Haiti, or as it was back then, the French-owned colony of Saint-Domingue, a land itself plagued by slavery. Although he begins unarmed and crewless, Adewale finds new weapons in a machete and blunderbuss gun, as well as a personal reason to fight.

"We're still true to how his character was established in Black Flag," said AC4 Lead Writer Jill Murray on Ubisoft's blog. "He's not standing in for every black man who was ever a slave in the 18th century. He's Adéwale. He's the character we know. He has the wit that we've come to expect; he has heart. We see him as an older guy. He's matured and changed in some small ways. I think those are the kinds of character details that always take precedence over pretty much everything else that can happen in the story."

Those interest in the new DLC will find it available at a standalone price of $9.99, though it is also included in the $19.99 Season Pass.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 07:01pm 29/10/13 | 29 Comments
Yet another current and next-gen release is with us in review form today, though in this instance review pillager NachosJustice only absconded with a PS4 review build of the game.

So ACIII definitely divided critics, fans and gamers alike, and while it's hard to see if Black Flag will also do this at this point given this review is adhering to a global embargo, Nachos definitely swam away from his experience as Edward Kenway in very high spirits.

Check out his Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag review, you don't even need a map marked "X" to find it.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Post by Dan @ 11:08am 23/10/13 | 0 Comments
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag touches down on its first platforms next week, and Ubisoft has released the obligatory launch trailer, featuring a montage of pirate shenanigans from throughout the game.
Get ready to conquer the Caribbean seas! From a bold Pirate to a Master Assassin, embody Edward Kenway and fulfill your destiny as you defy empires of the Golden Age of Piracy.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Black Flag land in Australia on October 29th 2013, followed by PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U offerings on November 21st.

Thursday, 10 October 2013
Post by Eorl @ 10:57am 10/10/13 | 0 Comments
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag will not be offering any of its previously announced DLC on Nintendo's Wii U console, according to both Polygon and GamesBeat sources.

Sadly no reason was actually given on the decision to omit the somewhat interesting DLC for the Wii U console, which included a new single-player campaign among other various items. Interestingly the previous entry in the series, Assassin's Creed 3, was offered up DLC for Nintendo's struggling home console however at a somewhat later date than the other platforms.

Announced yesterday, Ubisoft's DLC plans include the aforementioned single-player campaign in a Season Pass plus a large batch of PlayStation exclusive DLC.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is due on October 31st 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U, with PC to follow in November, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions also in production.
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Post by Eorl @ 10:53am 09/10/13 | 0 Comments
Ubisoft has unveiled new information on the Season Pass for their newest title in the Assassin's Creed franchise, Black Flag, this time offering up a brand new single-player story.
Born a slave, Adewale found freedom as a pirate aboard the Jackdaw where he became Edward Kenway’s second-in-command. Now, 15 years later, Adewale has become a trained Assassin who finds himself shipwrecked in Saint-Domingue without weapons or crew. He starts to meet locals in an effort to assemble a crew and steal a ship. The more he helps, however, the more he is drawn into the Maroon slave community. Forced to face his past, Adewale sets out to free the slaves and bring death to their captors. Over 3 hours of new single-player gameplay!
Season Pass holders will also be able to access additional single-player items including new missions and weapons, new characters for multiplayer and an exclusive Kraken Ship Pack which includes a "sail, wheel, and figurehead inspired by the legendary sea monsters known for swallowing ships, men and whales."

It isn't just Season Pass holders that will be gaining access to exclusive content for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, with PlayStation fans on both current and next-gen gaining various amounts of pre-order content. Check out the two videos below to see what you'll be able to get from both the Season Pass and from Sony's consoles.

Monday, 23 September 2013
Post by Dan @ 10:18am 23/09/13 | 0 Comments
The Assassin's Creed franchise has been one of the very few originally single-player only games to introduce a multi-player component that didn't just feel tacked on, and the upcoming Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is poised to continue building on the series' stealthy take on competitive play.

If sneaking around assassinating your opponents in Renaissance Italy or the American Revolution wasn't compelling enough, this time you get to do it as a smartly dressed pirate in the 16th century Caribbean. Check out the multiplayer trailer below for an assortment of badass pirate assassins one-upping each other.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is due on October 31st 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U, with PC to follow in November, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions also in production.

Friday, 6 September 2013
Post by Eorl @ 12:23pm 06/09/13 | 0 Comments
Ubisoft has offered up a new video for their pirate adventures, this time giving us a 10 minute preview of the activities and locations you'll find within Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.
Experience the new open-world activities in the largest Assassin's Creed world ever. Includes gameplay footage of new features and locations such as underwater treasure diving, smugglers caves, harpooning for sharks, and enhanced naval combat.
If this sounds like your kind of pirate life then check out the walkthrough demo below, and if you haven't already you can check out our recent hands-on preview of the latest title in the Assassin's franchise over here.