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Ubisoft Announces Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Ay matey!

Following what has now become tradition, the yearly entry in the Assassin's Creed series is now coming to light. Officially announced by Ubisoft today for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will be the next title in the annual series. While the game has been announced without details, leaked information and rumors have been swirling for days.

A leaked poster, that originally spoiled the announcment of the game, details that the game will take place in the Caribbean, specifically Cuba, Jamaica, and the southern coast of Florida in the year 1715 A.D. Starring a pirate protagonist, gamers can expect to hit the open seas once again, as the game is likely incorporating the heavily touted sailing mechanics of Assassin's Creed 3.

While it's unclear at this time what engine the game will run on, given the setting and likely inclusion of sailing mechanics, an evolved iteration of the Assassin's Creed 3 engine is nearly inevitable. However, the polarizing fan reaction to Assassin's Creed 3 may have forced the company to pursue large scale changes and improvements to their buggy implementation.

Ubisoft's annual approach to the series started nearly four years ago with the release of Assassin's Creed 2. Since then, the team has released Brotherhood and Revelations, completing Ezio's story, and the much grander Assassin's Creed 3. With each successive release, Ubisoft has seen greater and greater fiscal success with the AAA series, but it's unclear if the publisher can keep this trend up.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will be better detailed on Monday after Ubisoft's press presentation of their upcoming title.

Are you excited about the announcement of AC4 or ambivalent after the lackluster AC3? Sound off in the comments!




02/28/2013 at 11:14 AM

Jeez, I haven't played any of these games. Which is the best one so I can try it out?

Casey Curran Staff Writer

02/28/2013 at 11:17 AM

2 and only 2. Brotherhood and Revelations just exist for a plot point they completely butchar in 3 while 1 and 3 are just not good games.

Nick DiMola Director

02/28/2013 at 04:06 PM

What he said.


02/28/2013 at 09:36 PM

give AC3 a go ... you can hunt , ride a horse , climb trees .... you get a bow which you sling over your shoulder like a badass and you get to tomahawk people ...

Casey Curran Staff Writer

03/03/2013 at 01:10 AM

Far Cry 3 did the hunting so much better.

Casey Curran Staff Writer

02/28/2013 at 11:16 AM

Would have been really excited for it last year, but 3 pissed me off more than any other game this gen. 


02/28/2013 at 11:24 AM

I like the settings that these games choose, but have never found myself playing any of them since the first half of the first game.


02/28/2013 at 11:27 AM

I ahven't played any of them except for the first 2/3 of the first one. But I can't help thinking about saturation points...

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/28/2013 at 11:31 AM

please, somebody make it stop!!!  Tongue Out


02/28/2013 at 11:47 AM

I only have Liberations for the vita that came in the bundle. I've yet to dive in but what i've played seems alright. The series has never really stood out for me for some reason


02/28/2013 at 12:55 PM

I realize this series is supposed to be great.  But how much Assassins Creed can people really play before they puke?


02/28/2013 at 01:03 PM

I completely agree, its becoming soooo boring...This is my problem with AAA titles, they kick the titles ass until they can't get a drop of blood out of it! honestly if Ubisoft spent some cash and developed a new IP (*cough* like Bethesda does*) the gaming landscape would be sooo much more interesting!


02/28/2013 at 01:14 PM

I never could get into this series or understand why people like it. The first game bored me to tears. I hear the second is the best, but honestly don't ever want to revisit it again lol. Tongue Out


02/28/2013 at 04:00 PM

AC2 was the first game I platinumed, and is definitely worth your time if you've only ever played AC1.  I did not enjoy 1 in the slightest; quit about 1/4 way through.  2 fixes everything wrong with 1, ratchets up the drama and characterization, and adds RPG-lite mechanics for that crack-like experience you know you love.  I dug 3 too, but it's nothing on 2.  Couldn't blame you if you played 1 and never wanted to go back though...


02/28/2013 at 04:52 PM

Nope! Not this time, Ubisoft. No amount of hype or glowing reviews will convince me to waste my money this time >:O


02/28/2013 at 05:19 PM

I'd buy it for $10 maybe. 3 soured me pretty badly on the series. The sailing parts were pretty good though.


02/28/2013 at 09:00 PM

Ubisoft should have taken a year off, especially with the PS4 and next gen coming,let the next gen get a good base of users ,then release next year.But they know people will buy it this year and it is relatively easy to is all about the revenue!!!


02/28/2013 at 09:32 PM

I'm waiting for the AC PS3 boxed set that is bound to happen once the PS4 takes off.


02/28/2013 at 09:41 PM


if your still ratonhnhaketon i'll be pre ordering this . loved AC 3 it was one of my top games last year


02/28/2013 at 11:47 PM

I can't wait for Assassin's Creed on the Moon.  The way they are headed, it shouldn't be too far off.  Maybe in the next couple of years.  Maybe then we'll hear the Duck Tales theme again!!


02/28/2013 at 11:48 PM

LOL! This is the best idea for the series yet! Laughing

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

03/01/2013 at 12:24 AM

If this game's gameplay involves over 90% of sailing (sea battles and whatnot) I might just get it at full price. That was the only part of AC3 that actually piqued my interest. Well the hunting, and tree skipping looked cool too, but yeah. Funny enough I'm phobic of deep water, so if I'm on a boat (even at the beach) I effin hate it being there. Like I just imagine some huge sea creature tipping the boat over... oh, good lord, just thinking of it now F***********************************K!


03/01/2013 at 09:04 PM

Whatcha gonna do with a druken sailor?

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