Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Announced

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Announced

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Ready for another Assassin’s Creed game? What’s that? You aren’t? Shut up! Of course you are! Maybe?! Barely four months after the release of Assassin’s Creed 3, Ubisoft went ahead and confirmed a sequel today, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.

The game will be coming to PS3, 360, Wii U and PC, with the PS3 supposedly getting an hour of exclusive content. Strangely there has been no mention of the PS4. Could they be hoping to pinch off one last game made exclusively for the current generation before the new consoles hit? Who knows?

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As you might have guessed, Assassin’s Creed 4 will be pirate themed, likely expanding on the naval battles that debuted in Assassin’s Creed 3. If the maps on the back of promotional posters sent out to retailers are any hint, the game will be set primarily in and around the Carribean. There will be a new protagonist, heavily rumored to be Edward Kenway, father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather of Connor from Assassin’s Creed 3, making this game a prequel and marking the first time a numbered sequel has moved the timeline backward rather than forward.

A supposed leaked screenshot of the game, courtesy of Nicholas Gigante

A supposed leaked screenshot of the game, courtesy of Nicholas Gigante

It seems something of a strange move for Ubisoft to jump from AC3 to another numbered sequel so quickly, especially after they’d just finished expanding Assassin’s Creed 2 into a trilogy in its own right. Considering the general reception of Connor and the American Revolution setting, perhaps they decided that AC3 just didn’t have the same legs that AC2 had.

But… uh… since when is it normal to announce a sequel just FOUR MONTHS after the last game came out? A sequel that’s apparently far enough along that we’re already talking box art and system-exclusive content? Not even Activision moves things along at this quick of a pace!

We’ll be hearing more information about Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag on Monday, if the rumors are correct, which lately they have been.

Sources: Forbes, Eurogamer



  1. Kent says:

    Wow that was really fast. Maybe they will end up releasing it before the 2013 holiday season. Or much earlier, who knows.

  2. Marcus Puckett says:

    This is just becoming a joke at this point.

  3. serpen1 says:

    THE RIDE NEVER ENDS

  4. Aeiou says:

    I wonder how long until every major game series gets two independent studios working for alternate releases to make as much money as possible.

    Fuck you AC i actually enjoyed the second one.

  5. ACfool says:

    this is weird

  6. The Nihilistic Idealist says:

    Great, this series has become the Call of Duty of Action Adventure games. I actually enjoyed II and Brotherhood.

  7. FrozenIndustry says:

    “…making this game a prequel and marking the first time a numbered sequel has moved the timeline backward rather than forward.”

    That’s untrue, look at the DMC series. The Metal Gear series, too.

  8. I wanted Rockstar to make an open-world pirate game first.

    So on one hand, Ubisoft is rushing this out and the Assassin’s Creed series never really caught on with me. On the other hand, I just love pirates.

    I doubt it will be of better quality than Assassin’s Creed III, but I’ll just keep an eye out should it turn into a train wreck.

    • RevDoktorV says:

      Sadly, Bungie cancelled Pimps at Sea years ago when it was still in pre-production. It would’ve been the greatest pirate simulation of all time, if Microsoft hadn’t stopped them.

  9. Ging says:

    This isn’t even beating a dead horse, this is going at it with nukes.

  10. Tce says:

    For fuck sake, I remember when I looked forward to AC2 because I hoped to play as modern day assassin and see the end of the plot, but they just decided to do this. Fuck them, I wish this kind of behavior would be punished, nowadays the content creators should be the people and companies should work on improving their engines instead of releasing more DLC expansions that could’ve been free and in much higher quantities if there was access to SDK.

  11. ToasterCommander says:

    Speaking as an Assassin’s Creed fan, I think they should slow down. There really is no need to move at this pace. Take a breather year here, we don’t need another AC right now. Step back and look at II and III and really analyze what you did right (nice, open areas for exploring and hunting, fluid animations) and what you didn’t (pacing and writing issues, GLITCHES). Take a moment to think before you leap dammit.

  12. Hamburgerler says:

    Wasn’t the complaint of Assassin’s Creed 3 was that the space was far too open?
    So now it’s in an even less developed island?
    And all the Naval parts?
    Look, I liked the naval battles, but I don’t think I could handle an entire game about one aspect.

  13. Dan says:

    Oh, another casual turd out of Ubisoft’s asshole?

  14. Dragonbro says:

    I wonder what the plot will be out of the animus. Desmond died in AC3, afterall.

    • Delio Pera says:

      I’d love for there not to be any out-of-Animus plot. Nothing but the historical world. Not even a blip on the radar of the modern world. The series never really needed that.

  15. Anon says:

    Assassin’s Creed every year until you like it.

  16. Madatom says:

    these guys must be in crunch time 24/7

    considering the scale of these products i would not be shocked at a substantial amount of reuse, cant wait to fight Captain George Washington of the SS MERRICA

  17. DirigibleQuixote says:

    This confirms my theory that Assassin’s Creed has pretty much become CoD for people who think they’re better than CoD.

  18. GonnaGetDruids says:

    Jesus, that huge blurb on the front cover of “ECKSCLUZISV GAMEPLAY 4 THIS CONSOLE!”

    Poor video games, you’re crying out, and nobody is there to help you

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