Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag PC out November 19

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The PC version of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will launch on November 19, just under a month after the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U versions ship on October 29, Ubisoft announced today.

Game director Ashraf Ismail revealed that the PC version of the game would not be available alongside Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U iterations in June.

"We're working hard on the PC version," Ismail said at the time. "It's one of the main platforms we work on in the office. For our PC fans, don't worry. The game on PC looks phenomenal."

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will be available as day-one launch titles for the PlayStation 4 (November 15) and Xbox One (November 22).

The free-roaming action game set during the Golden Age of Pirates stars a young captain Edward Kenway, the grandfather of Assassin's Creed III's Connor and descendant of Desmond Miles. Players will meet up with legendary pirates including Blackbeard and Charles Vane as they journey through the West indies.

For more on Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, check out GameSpot's just-published hands-on preview of the game.

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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

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PeejayYeh
PeejayYeh

"The free-roaming action game set during the Golden Age of Pirates stars a young captain Edward Kenway, the grandfather of Assassin's Creed III's Connor and descendant of Desmond Miles."

Hmmm.... A mystery message known as typographical error... How fascinating, mate!

torreth1
torreth1

This is crazy. Bestbuy keeps sending me emails about different Next Gen releases. The latest says Black Flag release date is

Pre-order release date is October 29.

I thought it was stupid to release it before the console

Hurvl
Hurvl

Rock, paper, shotgun made some brilliant remarks about the nonsense of delaying the PC version and delaying the european version. I agree that these delays don't make much sense, but I don't expect everything to make sense, especially when money is involved. Anyway, I never buy a game at release, not even in the days of the pre-backlog era. It's much better to wait a bit to see reviews, get patches. Or wait a long time, for price cuts and sales.

botsio
botsio

wow such a long time to wait.thats the price pc gamers must pay.we always have to endure  this.

Sanligo
Sanligo

So is the PC version on par with current gen (PS3) or next gen (PS4)? I ask because some developers release current gen games on PC that should have been next gen (Fifa 14).

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Sanligo That worries me too. It would suck if the PC got the short (i.e. current-gen) end of the stick, even with next-gen approaching. It's not like they'll alienate a large amount of their potential customers if they port the next-gen version to PC.

mrmime777
mrmime777

The performance of AC 3 on PC was so devoid of optimization and customization it was embarrassing. I'm sorry to say it alone was responsible for my loss of faith in the series, after playing about 40 hours each of AC2 and Brotherhood in silky smooth 60 fps. Let's hope Black Flag lives up to the legacy of the Italian AssCreeds, in quality and performance.

faisal_6600
faisal_6600

Why People complain about AC3? it doesn't run @60fps on high-end rigs.But on my Core 2 Duo T8300+2GB DDR2+256mb 8700m GT SLI, it worked fine with normal@1920x1200 can you believe ? it ran with 15-25fps its pretty much playable. 

GreyArt
GreyArt

what about the system requirement? 

TheHH
TheHH

AC one and two where great after that they were all the same, I enjoyed 3 a little but not much, and the online too complicated and bit hard to remember if you play more than one online game at a time.

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

I just want the performance to be good.

Pelezinho777
Pelezinho777

Alongside looking phenomenal, make it WORK phenomenal ! (pointing at technical issues of AC3 on PC)

LADIES_MAN_2013
LADIES_MAN_2013

BTW, since I'm here....... PC MASTER RACE! XD

Had to say it. ;p 

LADIES_MAN_2013
LADIES_MAN_2013

Like always, like always.....

Oh well, the only thing I'm interested in from Ubisoft right now is Watch Dogs. 

Primeyuri
Primeyuri

so it takes some time before I can pirate this pirate game. 

kik4444
kik4444

Gotta keep the tradition, huh ubisoft?

19James89
19James89

I hope this game does well, so we'll get another Assassin's Creed gamenext year, based in Tudor England where James Seymour Kenway fights against the Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Then in later life assists Sir Francis Drake in the battle against the Spanish Armada and then heads to the US with Sir Walter Raleigh and discovers the humble potatoe.

cooldudemayur
cooldudemayur

Going to buy this day 1 at $25(INR 1499). While my friend who plays on PS3 will buy at $60

Vozlov
Vozlov

Sorry Ubisoft, I've given you so many chances in recent memory, and you've failed every single time. AC3 was such a glitch filled bore I simply can't take what they promise at face value anymore.

I'll be waiting for the inevitable half priced complete edition.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

I'll be handling this the same way I've been handling previous installments - Once they're available to be picked up for around 7,50 to 10 EUR max, I'll be getting it and put it on my old, already DRM infested, second "casual nonsense" gaming PC.

I kind of stopped caring about revolting against DRM, I'll just buy those DRM infested games dirt cheap instead and put them on a "dedicated" PC, because in my opinion DRM devaluates them immensly and is an unnecessary evil anyways.

In the end I'll get my few hours of enjoyment out of it and the developer / publisher gets almost nothing for it in return, perhaps they'll learn, perhaps they won't.
Leaves me with more money to spend on DRM free games instead, which I gladly buy at full price.

Catz_03
Catz_03

I wonder what kinda port this will be. A current gen port or a next gen port seeing as it's releasing on both.

wexorian
wexorian

phenomenal same as previous instalations, PASSSS!!!

renerak
renerak

Atleast ubisoft is releasing games on pc, unlike rockstar who didn't release red dead on pc, I don't give a shit about gta but I really wanted red dead. Well, for releasing pc versions of their games(even if the ports are just allright) I commend you ubisoft.

And companies who say pc is piracy and don't sell games are lying, pc sells equal/more/little less(depending on the game) than a single platform, as in only ps3 or x360, when arguments such as consoles sell more games are only applicable when both ps3 and x360 sales are counted together, and thats a single platform against 2 platforms. You may check the sales of EA and such on the examiner.com 

edinko
edinko

@Creed02 @renerak THere is double profit on PC.1 sale of a PC game= more or equal profit than 2 console copies. Believe it or not.500 000 copies sold on PC may be more profit than a million on console. You can easily do the research. There are no license fees on PC and they are really huge

holtrocks
holtrocks

Meh not worth $60 bucks ill just wait and get it on sale for $25 like i already did with Blacklist

lieuwa
lieuwa

I remembered they told the same things last year with AC3, and it came out with a creepy port


LADIES_MAN_2013
LADIES_MAN_2013

@kalipekona @lieuwa Nope, AC III was a bad port. They fixed most of the issues with patches, but initially it was very laggy and bad. And let's just say my PC handles Crysis 3 on max @ 60+ FPS...

kalipekona
kalipekona

@lieuwa 

What? People way overexaggerate this. AC3 needed better multi-core support, but other than that it ran perfectly fine. I lowered one setting (environment detail, I think) and I get 60fps nearly all of the time on my HD 7950.

Not to mention that it has graphical features like higher resolution textures, better geometry streaming, higher resolution shadows, higher precision ambient occlusion, etc that made it look a lot better than the console versions.

Could it have been better optimzed for multi-core processors? Yes. But people make it sound like it was a horrible port and that simply isn't true. 

Sauvent
Sauvent

@kalipekona @lieuwa  "I get 60fps nearly all of the time on my HD 7950".

That's overkill for a console port, of course it ran fine to you :P

Still, a lot of people with very good rigs experienced very bad performance. Why a game that can run fine on 7 year old consoles can run that bad on a modern PC is beyond me.
 

To me, it was an awful port, plain and simple.

edinko
edinko

@kalipekona @Halloll 3 is unberable bad. Dumbed down and unbearable boring. THe first one i quit. Impossible to play how boring it is

kalipekona
kalipekona

@Halloll 

Says you. I think they are great games. I've enjoyed every one.

MICHAELKNIGHT2K
MICHAELKNIGHT2K

Hey pal I gotta say a few things and considering i'm a old school gamer since the late 70s and own nearly all consoles that were ever made please hear me out will ya. It burns me up when companies disregard the PC out of total greed such as Rockstar that sold billions of games based of a rehashed earlier gta experiences that really glorifies the negative things.  I really hate that a billion of you sheeple went out and supported that company that not only ignored our plea for red dead redemption PC but also is now playing mind tricks concerning the pc gta5 for pure greed and money meanwhile despite the sales the game is being torrented like crazy for the chipped consoles.  It hurts because the pc was the grand and first home for the gta series and it also was the main popular console for vice city, San andreas and Gta4 due to the amazing mods and pc custom features.  

Now here we have a host of brilliant indie devs and amazing big name companies like Ubisoft and other developers that are not only going out of their way to put their creations out to the PC platform as well as other consoles like nintendo or sony or microsoft, poratbles ect...and they wont ever see the millions that ROCKSTAR made over night and thats a damn shame pal because other companies make good games too if not better.   I am so happy Ubisoft is taking a stand and releasing their masterpieces not only to PC which is great beyond belief but even formatting it to other ignored consoles like Nintendo.  Ubisoft already won me over with the latest splintercell blacklist but knowing AC4, watchdogs, and the division will be on pc confirmed is what more companies should be doing.  I  will support the companies and devs that include PC to the release console games lineups without mystery dates and confusion of controversy.  UBISOFT, CAPCOM, BETHSEDA, 2K, EA, ROCKSTEADY, BIOWARE and all the other companies that release games on more than two platforms....actually deserve the profit.  

Thanks for reading pal and may God through the Lord Jesus Christ guide the world to salvation.

edinko
edinko

@MICHAELKNIGHT2K You are right but AC3 and blacklist are anything but NOT masterpieces. IN fact AC 3 is the most boring game ever at least for the last year or 2 and blacklist exploits you the moment you start the game with trying to sell you DLC crap

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

Back to the old tricks, eh, Ubisoft?

I thought you were doing doing this shit.

leandrro
leandrro

will this be a piece of s**** like ac3 on pc? with high end pcs strugling to get 25fps and super lame visuals?

thanks ubsoft... but no

kalipekona
kalipekona

@leandrro 

Nah, the visuals are really good and it runs at a solid 60fps on my HD 7950, which is far from the beastliest graphics card around. I only turn down environmental detail one notch. Quit exaggerating.

GONtheSKYLORD
GONtheSKYLORD

@leandrro While the game was horribly optimized, your pc isn't high end if you were struggling to hit 25. More low end.