Ubisoft officially announces Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, saying it will feature "the most diverse and seamless Assassin's Creed world ever created" while managing to stir up more excitement one would imagine by unveiling the expected next installment in an annual franchise thanks to the trickle of prerelease leaks. The new seafaring installment in the stealth/action series will feature a new protagonist and setting, and is expected for Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and "other next generation consoles" (everyone playing the next generation drinking game take a shot and imitate Picard), though they will not all debut at the same time, as the only release date currently offered is October 29th of this year for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U. The news is accompanied by some screenshots (concept art, actually), the "world premier" announcement trailer that caused a sensation by being available on-and-off for a couple of days before its official release, and another trailer introducing the new main character, Edward Kenway, a "pirate trained by assassins." Here's word on the game and how to get a "limited edition collectible" poster by Todd McFarlane for preordering:
SAN FRANCISCO - March 4, 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 UT 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 UT system on October 29, 2013.
"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 (while supplies last) featuring artwork created by legendary, award-winning artist Todd McFarlane.