After a couple of “accidental” leaks, including the full game trailer, Ubisoft officially announced Assassin’s Creed IV to the world today. According to the press release, Assassin’s Creed IV is going to feature an all new hero and setting, creating “the most diverse and seamless Assassin’s Creed world ever”. It also confirms the previously leaked bonus content in the form of an art piece by Todd McFarlane (You can find it here). Ubisoft also shows strong commitment to Sony Playstation system, offering an hour of bonus to both owners of the Playstation 3 as well as the new Playstation 4. Check out some excerpts from the press release below:
“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.
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.
Customers who pre-order Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag at GameStop® will receive a Limited Edition collectible poster featuring artwork created by legendary, award-winning artist Todd McFarlane. On the back of the poster is a map of the New World with clues leading to hidden secrets within Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag.
Overall Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag has the potential to become another solid entry into the series, sticking to the core concepts as well as clearing the way for further development of the modern background story. On the other hand there again is the delayed PC version of the game which discredits Ubisofts statement of wanting to get in with PC gamers again.