Assassin's Creed 4's Freedom Cry DLC to go standalone, but not on Xbox

You can soon play ACIV's single-player DLC without owning ACIV, provided you're not an Xbox owner.

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The Assassin's Creed IV single-player DLC campaign, Freedom Cry, will be released as a standalone title in February, Ubisoft has announced.

Freedom Cry, which has players take the role of Black Flag protagonist Edward Kenway's first mate Adéwalé in a campaign set 15 years after the events of AC4, will be released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on February 18 in North America, February 19 in Europe, and worldwide on February 25 for PC.

The game will not be coming to Xbox One or Xbox 360. Why's that? "Sony and Ubisoft have built a solid partnership on the Assassin’s Creed brand, and Sony shares our enthusiasm for expanding the reach of this game," said a Ubisoft spokesperson to GameSpot.

Ubisoft did not mention a specific price for the standalone version of Freedom Cry, but the DLC is available for Assassin's Creed IV for about $10.

"With the strongest ensemble cast in the franchise, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag wasn't short of assassins and pirates worthy of their own playable tales, DLC or otherwise. Freedom Cry is more than just another Assassin's Creed IV chapter with a reskinned protagonist, but its troubled handling of dark themes makes this a turbulent voyage," said reviewer Miguel Concepcion in GameSpot's Freedom Cry review.

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111 comments
LegatoSkyheart
LegatoSkyheart

So the real reason WiiU isn't going to get Assassin's Creed DLC is because It's becoming Sony Exclusive? Ok I guess.

bryanhudd
bryanhudd

This game could easily be it's own game. A runaway slave would make probably the most interesting protagonist in the series.

Unholy123
Unholy123

"Sony and Ubisoft have built a solid partnership on the Assassin’s Creed brand, and Sony shares our enthusiasm for expanding the reach of this game," 


Wow talk about PR speak for "Sony gave enough money to us to get an exclusive"

I guess the way they said it does sound better.

josh7845
josh7845

Console competition is kind of silly to me. Why must they have exclusive titles? You wouldn't see 'The Wolf of Wall Street' being exclusive to Sony Blu Ray players. 


And yet despite thinking that, I still get some level of satisfaction from whenever my console is doing good. I suppose it must be a part of human nature to separate themselves into tribes of what they enjoy. That doesn't make it any less dumb though. 

Breyant
Breyant

I wonder if this is a sony thing where they are exchanging money for positive PR speak, or a MS thing where they don't want to get involved in this deal because it wouldn't profit them in a way they find acceptable.

Pewbert
Pewbert

Gotta love corporate talk - ""Sony and Ubisoft have built a solid partnership on the Assassin’s Creed brand" translates to - Sony have paid us enough money to make sure it's a PS4 console exclusive.

Oh those guys! :)

hadlee73
hadlee73

While this is not a big deal considering Xbox users can still get it as DLC, if I were Microsoft I'd be building developer relationships a little more in an effort to stall this latest trend in Sony being "buddy buddy" with everyone.

tzolynski
tzolynski

Sooo I can still play it but its not gonna be stand alone it will be DLC.... No reason to cry here. Reminds me of Undead nightmare on Red Dead but who purchased that without playing the actual game... i would guess not many buts thats just a guess.

Biotasticmeat
Biotasticmeat

I would have normally been a little pissed that this isn't coming standalone to XB1 (which is the system I own AC4 on) but then I remembered 2 things. 1. I own AC4 so I can get it as DLC. 2. I've heard bad things about it so not much of a reason to be jealous. I don't like Ubisoft getting chummy with Sony. It worry's me considering they might turn one of their many high quality franchises into a PS4 exclusive. I can stand not getting exclusive content but if you take away the AC series from my Xbox were going to have a problem.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Why would you buy DLC without the original game?

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

I like Adewale's story more than Kenway's. I wish he'd been the main protagonist. In the short DLC I felt more emotional resonance than what I've play of AC IV which is over 50%.

crazeon
crazeon

Freedom Cry was boring, it had nothing on the main game of AC4.

RainIsMyDrug
RainIsMyDrug

i can see it now 15.99$ just cause it's standalone DLC.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

Smell that burn.

Not only is there exclusive content, but now Assassin's Creed games exclusive on the PS4.


That grave just keeps growing for the Xbone.

ztm47
ztm47

This is good I hate xbox with a passion their next gen is garbage and it's about time playstation gets something that xbox doesn't it's not cod or battlefield but it's a step in the right direction

adders99
adders99

Roman Empire would be cool

EddieHawk
EddieHawk

@LegatoSkyheart Except that it isn't.  They are talking about the standalone, not the DLC in general.  My guess for why the WiiU isn't getting it at all is because they didn't have the time and/or money to devote to getting it to work on that platform.  I'm surprised they released the game on WiiU at all.

bryanhudd
bryanhudd

@Unholy123  I only support third party exclusives when the first party pays for the exclusive to be made.(ex. Bayonetta 2) Either way I'm glad I am playing on PS3!

mr_nee
mr_nee

@Breyant  Yes, MS is a company with very high morals. It was not built on idea stolen from Apple, Kinect isn't improved PS2 eyetoy and they certainly don't pay for positive PR on youtube

mr_nee
mr_nee

@Pewbert  I don't think Ubi planned to make this a standalone. I think Sony paid to make it standalone, that automatically makes it an exclusive.

streamline
streamline

I don't know what is true, but how about thinking about the flip side where Ubisoft is trying to make more money off the DLC by going to Sony and MS and saying, we'll give you a standalone DLC if you pay us x dollars?

tjkraz
tjkraz

@hadlee73  This "solid partnership" between Sony and Ubisoft is built on one thing:  cold, hard cash.  


Not that there's anything wrong with that.  Both are doing it.  Sony will have exclusive content for Destiny.  Injustice and Diablo 3 appear to have some PS4 exclusivity.  MS has TItanfall 1, Call of Duty DLC release window, Plants vs Zombies, they had a Minecraft exclusive for a long time on last gen and may have something on XB1.  


Heck, I still remember when GTA 3 and Vice City were exclusive to PS2.  


I suspect 80-90% of the games released on XB1 and PS4 will have some exclusive aspect on one system or the other.  Exclusive DLC...exclusive features....exclusive release window.  As long as Sony and MS are paying for this stuff, studios will take their money.  

divinejester
divinejester

@hadlee73 MS is not in the business of building relationships, only buying companies outright when the property is hot enough like the case was with Bungie.

Wawas20
Wawas20

@hadlee73  y does Microsoft need to build relations? its only ubi there not in bed with. xbox gets cod, bf4, fifa advantages just not AC. what else do u want  

tzolynski
tzolynski

@hadlee73  I hear ya but i would say this franchise is far to greedy to ever go Sony or Microsoft they would be missing half their sales so im not worried... Either way really ill just buy it for my PS4 instead.

RevLux
RevLux

@Dannystaples14 freedom Cry isn't the typical DLC and really could be played as a short stand alone adventure w/o owning the main game. Ubisoft no doubt thinks they can sell people who don't normally play AC games a $10 adventure that will get them excited to experience the full game. Same reason any other dlc get's released as a standalone really.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@Dannystaples14  alot of people did resell the game once finish (exspecial if pre owned and the seanon pass didnt work)

RevLux
RevLux

@HowlPendragon This exact same dlc is available on the XB1 and 360. The only difference is that you will have to own the full AC IV game to play it. Enjoy your ridiculously silly taunts though...

xantufrog
xantufrog

@HowlPendragon that's... not really what this article is saying. I'll grant you there are some worrying undertones here for XBox fans. But they can play this DLC too.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@ztm47 Jesus Christ thank God it's not CoD of Battlefield. I'd be happy if MS took those away as exclusives if it meant AC and other interesting games were Sony exclusives.

pharoe777
pharoe777

@ztm47  Such hate for an inanimate object, did it beat you up and make you cry ?  You sir, need help.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@Vidpci  i feel if they made female assassins then they should be able to do better assassinations then men, and hide in better places if they made the game

RevLux
RevLux

@xXxIRyanxXx@Biotasticmeat It wouldn't be worth it for any company to pay as much money as it would take to make Assassin's Creed an exclusive to one platform or another. It's not really about affording it but the benefit of paying Ubisoft so much money on a game that releases on just about every system.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@HowlPendragon Yeah I got that but who buys DLC of a game and the world and the lore without playing the full game?

I mean it will probably last about an hour and it will have characters you don't even know in it most likely.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@Dannystaples14  Having played it, apart from a couple of references, it does actually stand on its own, as a story anyway. It only shares one character in common with the main game. If there's a problem with having this on its own, it's the fact that the world feels pretty small and hemmed in - even though you can sail a little bit - but it doesn't have all the exploration that broke the full game up when you got tired of the tailing missions (too many of those in this too). It also pesters you to do things every five seconds in towns, in a way the main game doesn't and that can get a bit annoying, but I did enjoy it in general.

radcrab123
radcrab123

@Dannystaples14 i don't feel like getting AC4 black flag im just getting Freedom Cry I don't exactly care about the main story since its pretty much all over the place now IMO plus Adwale is much more interesting then Kenway

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

Ahh I see what you meant.

Yeah I get Far Cry Blood Dragon being a good idea since it didn't seem to have anything to do with FC3 but this is kind of odd.

tigress666
tigress666

@RainIsMyDrug @xantufrog@HowlPendragonWhat if you don't really want either? (Not a huge MP fan and definitely not buying a game that is MP only and, well, AC. I liked it when I first started playing it but they all feel the same and after playing games with way less clunky controls... Yeah, I'm over AC).

RevLux
RevLux

@neowarrior121 Let's be serious though. A woman wouldn't have to climb buildings and hide in baskets to get close to her male marks. I don't even feel like that's ignorant or sexist to say...

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@adders99 @neowarrior121 @Vidpci  because i know really bendy women who can fit in all kinds of places, and i believe it would be a good  to be able to hide in baskets and such. also there much swifter in movements as well. there not faster but they are great at jumping distances and climbing faster.