Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag release date and next-gen versions spotted in Ubisoft leak

Ubisoft product page for the game flashes October 29 release date and mentions next-gen platforms.

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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will be coming to "next-gen" platforms and will be released on October 29, 2013, according to a hastily edited Ubisoft product page for the game.

An administrative bungle saw Ubisoft publish the information on the countdown site for the game's reveal, which is set for Monday. The information has since been removed, but was spotted and uploaded by Gaming Everything.

"Pre-order now to get collectible Todd McFarlane poster," adds Ubisoft's site.

Yesterday, after a string of previous leaks, Ubisoft released the game's box art and revealed that PlayStation 3 owners will be getting 60 minutes of exclusive content.

While the site mentions next-gen platforms, right now the game has been confirmed only for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U.

It is widely believed that Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will be set across the Caribbean in 1715 and star piratey privateer Edward Kenway, grandfather of Assassin's Creed III protagonist Connor.

GameSpot will be posting more information about the game on Monday, March 4, at 17:00GMT/09:00 PST.

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301 comments
Kabooshon21
Kabooshon21

i would like maybe a bit more control over the combat. 

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

I'm starting to wonder if all those leaks are intentional. You can't be that clumsy.

The-pro-gamer17
The-pro-gamer17

Yay another new AC game.........Just hope its good and atleast let there be a new setting!!!!

TheBerimati
TheBerimati

I'd really appreciate it if they spent more time developing the next title (was not expecting or hoping for one!) And most importantly, Assassin's Creed 4 to have the same setting as 3? You're not Ubisoft, who are you!

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Pirate Assassin's Creed?  NO Thank you!

I only liked Assassin's Creed 2. The Renaissance era made for the best game for sure!

PigsDoFly89
PigsDoFly89

I hope this doesnt suck like AC3 did. was so dissapointed with that game

Lord_OfThe_Sith
Lord_OfThe_Sith

Did anyone else notice that there was no new footage in this video.  It was all from AC III

sotoooooo
sotoooooo

haha ac 4 will be epic i love ac games and i love Ubisoft! I am sure theyw on't let us down and what i am saying to haters is to put my magic finger straight up their ass and if they don't want to buy it then probably they shouldn't have been here from the first place! Ps4 will do magic to the series i am sure. So, ahoy mates and bring it on!

nanquan72
nanquan72

Spoiler Alert re: Far Cry 3.....

Apologies if I'm stomping on previous posts noting this...but FC3's Lost Expeditions has an Abstergo link with the Japanese soldier's letters. My money is on Ubisoft hammering out a Japanese setting for AC5 - perhaps medieval Japan or WWII, and using the game engine from AC:USA to punch out a quick Eddie the Pirate game in the mean time. Both AC:USA and FC3 were Montreal produced I believe linking the development of future ACs?

PS: No ninjas for Japan setting!!! They are a 1960s creation, not historic fact.

blazinpuertoroc
blazinpuertoroc

i wonder if they'll be a noticeable gap between PS3 and PS4 versions.

CrushedGear
CrushedGear

AC3 was awesome and I hope this one will be better!!


ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

I've loved AC since the first game but one game a year for the last few years is a bit much, especially since they always say they are going to give the series a break. Even so I love 'em.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'll get the PS4 version if it will have extra content like the PS3 version will.

DawnForMe
DawnForMe

I dont like playing dead people

AlexFili
AlexFili

Anyone else think it's a bit too soon since the last game?

tommygun6644
tommygun6644

Anyone notice his hood isn't even beaked? Wtf is up with that?

boredom_kills
boredom_kills

Hmmm. While playing one of the sailing sections in AC3, I turned to my wife and said they needed to make a pirate game using this game engine. Sounds like someone heard me! 

I just hope it lives up to the hype, and rectifies the problems AC3 had. If ever there was an example of a game that just tried to do too much that it didn't need to, it's AC3.

Baelath
Baelath

This is poop. They're breaking that cultural immersion the series has known for. All previous protagonists have had their name inspired by the word "eagle". Is Edward related to eagle? I mean, they have the syllable count and starting consonant, but that's it.


fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

Connor's grandad looks kinda like Gabriel from Lords of Shadow.

DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

@BlueToofGangstaWhy, because I'm pointing out that an industry on which I've grown up on and loved is falling to the trap of consumerism? Publishers spend millions of dollars for a developer to program a game alone (even some of the worst made games cost millions), not even accounting for the additional marketing or manufacture costs. 

To cope with this, publishers (and developers) demand an extraordinary amount of money in order to ensure that they make a profit, and for most publishers that means they want to take as little risk as possible. The best way to ensure this is to use what is tried and true, which inevitably means milking a cow. Ubisoft found substantial success in the first two AC games, and because of that it was an obvious choice to sink sums of money into development and marketing costs for subsequent games in the series. However, because of the nature of the industry and the publisher's focus on profit, going in a new direction even with a well-recognized series means extreme risk. Thus the publisher will force the developer its backing to continue using the exact same techniques that made the first game popular. If a developer goes into a new direction, the publisher could lose huge sums of money if it's not a commercial success. So what does that lead to?

It leads to a lack of innovation. New Intellectual Properties (IPs) won't be backed and creativity is stifled because costs don't allow for creativity. I'm not bitching because I'm jumping on the bandwagon, I'm making a legitimate point about the direction of the industry. Gamers are no longer paying for the best games on the market, we're paying for the best marketed games. 

neonmatt1
neonmatt1

I swear the game hasnt even come out yet, and there are complaints! lmao Assassins Creed series has been amongst the best series ever! Besides GTA, Splinter Cell, and Metal Gear this series doesnt get old. All these complaints about this isnt different from any of the other games yet how different is any of the COD's? Not different at all. Same ol, shoot throw grenade rinse recycle repeat! lol So what. Its still fun and I bet half of the complainers will still pay to play!!! lol  

Kabooshon21
Kabooshon21

@PigsDoFly89 how the hell were you dissapointed with ac3??? I thought it was the best game so far! I loved the fact that you were in the shoes of a native.

Gajeel0623
Gajeel0623

@nanquan72 lol there are ninja for Japan setting. Look at iga clan for example . I leave u a link. %s


sotoooooo
sotoooooo

@AlexFili 10 people and you are a bunch of assholes!!! Too soon? Why is that? It will be released in October so i doubt that it is too "soon"...

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@tommygun6644 cause he's not an actual assassin 

he's a knockoff character in order to milk the series for money 

seriously assassin's creed is dead after the bullshit in revelations and the disappointing AC3 along with that bullshit season pass 

and the if washington was bad DLC really showed what AC has became 

dom28
dom28

@DeusGladiorum @BlueToofGangsta God forbid you make a legitimate point these days, people will zone in and harp on you until they get you back to thinking on their side of this mind controlled world. It's sickening really, and I'm glad to see people like you with common sense left.

PigsDoFly89
PigsDoFly89

@Kabooshon21 because the storyline was dull, the characters were poorly developed and the whole assassination thing wasnt really present. think of all the guys you had to kill in the game and you could do maybe a couple of them stealthily. The best AC was 2. where you saw a real progression in the life of ezio and the people around him, i really cared about what happened to him. Connor just never appealed to me as a character a lot of the time


 

NTenseify
NTenseify

@thequickshooter @tommygun6644 I love how when people start to dislike a series they pronounce it dead, even though it sells millions of copies. Makes me giggle, please continue

Andrex1212
Andrex1212

@grey_fox1984 lmao I was just thinking "does this guy seriously not know 'e' is a vowel" and then I read your comment.

NTenseify
NTenseify

@sotoooooo I have no idea but I tell you what, in these hard economic times, without the "suckers" who fund the projects that give us the games we love, we would have to find another hobby. It is sales that drive any industry forward, without the sales there can be no innovation, yet according to "dom28" sales figures are "destroying the entire gaming industry". The lack of common sense boggles the mind eh

sotoooooo
sotoooooo

@NTenseify @dom28  yeah dude you are so right! Assassin's Creed is an epic saga why on earth people talk like that?

sotoooooo
sotoooooo

@thequickshooter @NTenseify @tommygun6644 well happily i am a "SUCKER" that buys from Ubisoft! And what are you really... a no life that talks shit for epic games such as assassin's creed? If you don't like this then most probably you are in the wrong page... I don't recall this page called ASSHOLES so yeah i guess you are in the wrong page dude.

NTenseify
NTenseify

@Lord_OfThe_Sith Another one that thinks his opinion is fact. Just because you didn't enjoy the story or gameplay that doesn't make it a bad game. 8.5 review score is not a bad game. The series is thriving because thankfully the majority of gamers (reviewers included) play a sequel knowing that it is a new game without comparing its excitement levels to that of its predecessors and there will always be new people entering the series without unrealistic expectations

Lord_OfThe_Sith
Lord_OfThe_Sith

@moviequest14 @DeusGladiorum That really isn't what he is saying.  AC3's story line was not that great.  The game play was not that exciting compared to AC or Brotherhood.  The hardest part was 100% sync and that is only because you had to do stupid things at points to achieve it.  AC is my favorite all time game I go back and play it regularly.  I enjoy every minute of it even though I know what is going to happen but it does feel like since revelations the game has simply been a cash cow for Ubisoft and they simply are no longer giving it the love and attention it deserves.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@DeusGladiorum They're both right. It's true sales don't equal quality but that doesn't change the fact that quickshooter's just bitter that the series has become popular. Seems there's always ''that guy'' that changes his feelings about something simply because it's popularity has changed.

NTenseify
NTenseify

@dom28 LOL what? OK if I replace "selling millions" with "being enjoyed by millions" can you see now that you're just a minority with an opinion? If you rely solely on marketing when choosing games then you're not a gamer, you're just another consumer and yes, a sucker. I'm sorry that I, like many others, actually enjoy the Assassin's Creed games, we will try to withold our enjoyment in order to preserve the future of the entire gaming industry!

dom28
dom28

@NTenseify @thequickshooter @tommygun6644 I'm sorry but even you have to agree that was a pretty stupid comment. There's a lot of mindless idiots these days that buy crap and that's a fact. In fact, I'd go so far as to say there isn't anything in this day and age that people wouldn't purchase if it's sales pitch meets the right criteria. That's the state were in right now, and its also a major part of why the entire gaming industry is going to shit. Just because a game sold millions or billions or what have you, doesn't mean it's thriving. It's like when you buy a pack of fruits, sometimes you buy a whole pack, and it's only when you reach home and cut into the fruits that you realize their rotten in the core. Same deal here. Yes millions of people out there who are brainwashed on a daily basis will probably purchase this title, but that in no way takes away from the fact that the game itself, the core, is dead, and oh so rotten. It's unfortunate that you can't even realize that you represent one of the many many people out their who are destroying the entire gaming industry with "sales figures".

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@NTenseify @thequickshooter @tommygun6644 

number of sales don't mean jackshit 

you know that COD makes more then billion dollars every year? 

numbers of sales doesn't indicate if a game is good or bad it just indicates how many suckers there are out there