Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag revealed

Supposed marketing material for next entry in the series suggests it will be a high seas adventure with pirates.

The next Assassin's Creed game may be a swashbuckling adventure with pirates. A tipster has sent Kotaku marketing material for a game called Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

Image credit: Kotaku

The poster shows a series-familiar hooded assassin wielding a pistol in one hand and a sword in the other. This character is standing on a ship--with a black flag in the background--and is surrounded by a host of pirates.

If Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is indeed real and takes place--at least in part--on the high seas, it will not be a first for the series. Last year's Assassin's Creed III featured various naval missions where players battled enemy ships.

Earlier this month, Ubisoft confirmed it was developing a new Assassin's Creed game for release during its fiscal 2014 (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014). According to CEO Yves Guillemot, this game will take place in a new setting and star an all-new hero.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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884 comments
BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Sounds like a interesting concept but UBI please put AC on the back burner and put something else out too much of the same franchise is always a bad thing no matter how good the quality of the game is...

mulder_000
mulder_000

Do we need an AC every year?  AC III was a crap fest.  I found it extremely dull.  I know, don't buy it.  I won't! :)

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

I might actually play this one, sounds interesting.

splinter10
splinter10

Boo. I wanted to see a French revolution game. What happened to picking interesting time periods hmmm?

Joutja
Joutja

Not surprising considering everyone was raving about how the sea battles were awesome. :P

4G4
4G4

After the Ending of 3.... I will need some very good explanations!!!

shansss123
shansss123

i love assassin's creed but where is the new prince of persia ???

Mickeyminime
Mickeyminime

Pirates are more open minded when it comes to things in my eyes. Samurai have the honor, respect, training. Samurai's are like Jedi knights, they respect and protect, they are stealthy, patient and tend to think before they act. Pirates tend to do the opposite i think. Don't get me wrong, Pirates are ok and it would be a change, but i just can't see a pirate assassin unless its an assassin fighting pirates. Samurai will be more of a challenge but again, it will just be swords again, but the style, the clothes, the theme. Samurai's are more ancient, although, the codes they have to follow can be slightly over the top lol

moviequest14
moviequest14

''Assassin's Creed IV : Black Flag Revealed'' It was a rumored poster that has in no way been confirmed by Ubisoft. Way to reel in the page hits with a misleading title Eddie , just surprised we didn't see a Pachter article linked in there. Do you have ANY shame Eddie?

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

* A few days ago*

"Ubisoft says they want to better relationship with PC"

*Today*

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag announced - A pirate themed game.


Funny, Ubisoft. Funny. -_-"

sg_hobbes
sg_hobbes

Naval battles were the best part of AC3. However after AC3 they need to stop and think about what there making cause it it wasn't that good. I agree that AC2 was proably the best overall, but the original setting in AC1 was my favorite. This yearly thing has been ruining the series since Brotherhood. If there making a pirate game i think they should make it a new franchise based on the AC3 boat engine. and they could do that in the off years for AC

ghostwarrior79
ghostwarrior79

I wanna jump onto an enemy's ship, stab everyone onboard, loot the dang ship,stab some civilians, and loose synchronization with Desmond! I also wanna conquer enemy lands!

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

Mixing Pirate Franchsie with Assassin franchise is as good as mixing beef meat with horse meat.

ghostwarrior79
ghostwarrior79

Let's act like we are jabbing knives in pirates for one moment and imagine your character in a hoodie with dual hidden gold blades (drooool!)!!!

in_your_realm
in_your_realm

*le sigh* please stop, Ubisoft. AC every year is far too much for any company to handle well. 

ads182
ads182

Oh happy days :)

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

Pirates game with enchanced naval battles from Assassin III - Ohhh yesss count me in.  Pirates game mixed with Assassin franchise - not so sure though.

WoZe
WoZe

More AC's are a GOOD thing! At least you get a rich deep story in every AC. Yes Ubisoft, give us MORE!

jhcho2
jhcho2

Four Assassin Creeds too many

DTH17
DTH17

Too many games! Please just let this series die with some amount of respect and honor.

Slade968
Slade968

I think it is time to move on. AC3 was alright but the series has gotten stale. AC2 and Brotherhood were great but the mechanics are tired now. I get why studios don't want to go through the trouble of inventing an entirely new brand. It's challenging and there is already guaranteed money here but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be attempted. Don't kill a franchise for the sake of profits...

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

AC3 was rubbish. The boat was fun but any longer on it and it would have got boring... This idea is bad. Scrap the franchise and start on something new.

sheikweight
sheikweight

So the new conversation starter will be so are you going to get "ASS CREED: Pirate Edition"?! hahaa..gahd please..from the Renaissance Period, To .. for some reason Native Americans.. To now THIS.  Why not make a "samurai" period version of the game where you literally play a "NINJA". 

penpusher
penpusher

I think a high seas adventure would be a fantastic idea for the series, if for no other reason than being able to use it as a means to travel between a variety of locations that previous entries couldn't really manage.

elbauto
elbauto

I think It's going to be about Edward Kenway, Haytham's father... He was an Assassin and a Corsary

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

Ill pass...the Sea battles were the most annoying part of AC3..

BIOJECT
BIOJECT

Lol do people even care about the Assassins Creed series anymore?

pozium
pozium

@splinter10 There was Italian already well portrayed  Doing French would seem cheap

jecomans
jecomans

@Joutja I'm very excite. Could be the best AC game if they did pirates well. I was just talking with some friends at the pub about how awesome it could be to have a pirate based game. But we were thinking a GTA style ocean faring, steal rape and pilage sort of affair. But assassin-pirates are cool too. 

ForceSkin
ForceSkin

@shansss123 Do you remember the cell-shaded PoP? I loved that game, where the hell did it go?

sg_hobbes
sg_hobbes

@TohouAsura Wasn't announced was hinted at from marketing material sent to what appears to be a store and here-say from a random bloke on a plane

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

you cant stab civilians man. you will loose synch and wake up in some sh**** alien vault with cables plugged to your skull man. Better leave civilians alone.

sg_hobbes
sg_hobbes

@sheikweight not sure if the ninja thing was a joke but i like it i could deal with that

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@sheikweight Because Tenchu.

Still, it might work, granted they take the correct time period. I wanna battle Samurais.

00J
00J

@sheikweight i'd buy that for a dollar...


no seriously i'd buy that before a pirate game, there are too few ninja games and assas creed has a perfect engine.

petez34
petez34

@IanNottinghamXagreed, the best part was running around the forest killing foxes and rabbits for pelts that sold for money you never needed!

sheikweight
sheikweight

@BIOJECT After brotherhood..nothing else was "new" about the game other than the Recycled Game mechanic and Ever so changing cliche'd storylines.