Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag screenshots leak

Batch of five images from Ubisoft's upcoming action game emerge, showing off naval battles, tropical settings.

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Five screenshots for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag have leaked ahead of the game's official reveal tomorrow.

All Games Beta posted the images, which show off new hero Edward Kenway in a range of settings. The screenshots suggest Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will feature naval battles, missions set in lush, tropical settings, and that players will wield pistols and swords.

Yesterday, a trailer for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag leaked. The video has since been pulled, though it suggested the game will launch October 29 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Wii U, and other next-gen platforms.

Ubisoft Montreal lead content manager Carsten Myhill wrote on Twitter: "Leakier than the Titanic."

For more on Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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498 comments
BaronBifford
BaronBifford

What new features can I expect from this game?  AC2 was a satisfying improvement on AC1, but subsequent installments are just rehashing the same old trite.

The-pro-gamer17
The-pro-gamer17

ok this game looks awesome and i got no problem with new AC games releasing everyday cause im a gamer!!!!

M_r_Orange
M_r_Orange

Yeah, I'm sure the most badass looking screenshots they could take got "leaked".  

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty. Two games that both suffer from fatigue due to too many game releases in a short period of time. Once a year is too much, too fast. I loved AC, AC II, and AC Brotherhood, but I honestly just don't care about the series anymore. Separating the games out even by two years increases interest, but Ubisoft has totally lost me now

Also, I'm not pleased with where the series is headed story-wise. I feel it had a lot going up to the end of Brotherhood, which I was super annoyed with. I don't feel like I'll be missing out when I pass on AC IV: Pirates of the Carribean.

DevilArK1993
DevilArK1993

hmmm,i have faith on you ubi :P,but please don't screw it up like ac III

botsio
botsio

its looking awesome sad i haven't as yet played one assassins creed title especially on pc!the only one ive played was altairs chronicle for the nds i loved it though brotherhood on the nds was tough as hell!

Imatyta
Imatyta

Today they better show gameplay and screenshots from the PS4 version.

4G4
4G4

Tell us already!!!

kik4444
kik4444

If this is gonna be more focused on naval battles, then they better have made the controls less retarded

amir_g_m
amir_g_m

Looks Great... but.... isn't it too much guns and shotguns?

maybe they should have waited a little more and publish another Assassin's Creed title but totally different... Pirates? sounds nice but it would be the same like ACIII with all ships and harbors

janicekkuan
janicekkuan

First impressions i've got are pirates related (what with skulls and sub title black flag). Looks amazing though. A launch title for PS4 and Xbox 720 perhaps? I just hope Microsoft change that stupid name (Xbox 720)!

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

Funny how these leaks all appear to be high quality marketing snaps rather than the grainy images and footage you'd generally expect of a genuine leak. Well its a good way to up the hype so nice move Ubisoft marketing, just try not to make it so blatant next time

kik4444
kik4444

These screenhots are obviously taken from the PC version or the PS4 version because there is NO WAY that the current gen consoles can pull out that kind of resolution, so if you're not playing this game on PC or PS4, don't count on seeing good graphics unless they're blurry from up far

dicosoul
dicosoul

Including assassin who does not like to assassinate with his hidden blade, he rather prefers guns, but he does like assassinating evil dolphin YAY!.

Imatyta
Imatyta

AC4 on PS4 could soo look like the trailer, but I have a feeling that it will be just slightly better than AC4 on PS3. If this game is being made for all consoles, then it means that the next gen is going to be more of a port from the last gen consoles, which sucks.

Saketume
Saketume

ahahaha for some reason that first image with the breaching whale (or giant dolphin?)

made me think the picture lacks a rainbow and a flying unicorn


The game looks fun but I can't help thinking it might be more fun if the protagonist was a badass pirate rather than a hooded assassin.

tommygun6644
tommygun6644

I will only get it if I can ride a sea turtle. I like turtles.

robbiejones
robbiejones

Looking at those screen shots deff makes me feel that assassins creed 3 added new things such as climbing through trees and the naval battling system jus to see our impressions before they launched AC4, Its all good cause i loved climbing through trees etc but ac3 side content was just to empty and pointless i.e hunting system etc.  My point is exactly instead of chucking assassins creed games at us every year and giving us a beautiful game with bland side content, put more time into each game and let developers all come together to make a great game with excellent side content worth doing like skyrim did. Instead of rushing developers and making them waste there talents cause of short deadlines

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

The settings shown in the screenshots look rather awesome.  Not sure what there is to bitch about.

OZ_Archangel
OZ_Archangel

I might give this game a pass. Which is ashame I really liked AC3 for some reason. Im not a fan of pirate games or the naval warfare. I hated them in AC3 Im just too old school for that franchise I rather climb buildings and hunt and fight ground enemies and not command a ship. Plus Im very very disappointed that Connor is gone I liked that character. I dont like the direction Ubi is heading with this franchise

c8ing
c8ing

IF it is the real graphics and a good story ....

the game will hit very high

please ubisoft.... make ac4 the ultra graphics game.....

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

I don't know -- are they really leaks at this point?

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

looks great, if hes traversing jungles i wonder if hunting and tree running will make a return, although it makes less sense for it to with a British character. Then again, he's still just a skilled assassin.

Anyway i really hope that the Naval missions are a little more exciting, I LOVED them in AC3 but they got repetitive after a while. Hopefully if it takes on a larger role they make it more varied and interesting.

Also hoping that some major cities are still included in this game, perhaps London, perhaps some of the cities of the Caribean Islands although they wouldn't be as developed and certainly not as vertical as London or a city in Spain or something. And as far as story goes I could see some European cities appearing. I think my biggest dissappointment in AC3 was NY and Boston. They just weren't that fun to run around in. The Frontier was great I spent most of my time there. But I did miss the vertical and beautiful Italian cities of the AC2 series! So I hope for some return to European cities.

But I'm glad they are spending more time in the Caribbean if true...they did a wonderful job rendering it in AC3 I'd love to explore it more.

And finally I REALLY hope we get to see a young Hatham and find out why he defected to the Templars !! Maybe that will be in AC4.5 and AC4.9 LOL.

bigruss51
bigruss51

Looks really good. Theres no need to hate if the game is well done.

moviequest14
moviequest14

Oh , wow.. reading the comments brings a good laugh. So many people ready to lash out with hate against the series based only on 5 leaked pictures. Could've been 1 blank picture and they'd still have the same response. It seems partially with III and officially now AC has hit the point where it's too popular for people to like , whether the games awful or brilliant they're going to hate it only because it's popular. The hilarious irony is , to try so hard to avoid buying it with blind-support product loyalty they've become just as much sheep and consuming in their blind hate.

AlexL225
AlexL225

@FLEEBS I'm sorry normally don't say things like this, but I can't help myself.  FLEEBS, you're and idiot!

AlexL225
AlexL225

@FLEEBS I would have to disagree, if you can't handle a new game every year then maybe you should give up on gaming.  Personally i'm glad your giving up on the AC series cause you don't seem to know a good thing when it's right in front of you.  Really fans who are into the series love having a new game every year rather then having to wait longer.  i'll admit the series went a little down with ACB and then ACR, but they were still great games.  And after AC3 i believe the series is right back on track cause that one was awesome, and AC4 looks to be a sure winner and i have no doubt it will be one of the top games of 2013!

AlexL225
AlexL225

@kik4444 why r you dissing current console graphics, A lot of the game graphics is due to the game itself.  Current consoles actually handle graphic input extremely well, provided you have a tv with good capabilities.  Honestly i don't think you know graphics as well as you think you do.

Navardo95
Navardo95

@kik4444 Well these are taken from an Xbox360 or a PS3...these are just high-res screenshots...ACIII had them too..

Imatyta
Imatyta

@kik4444 These are good graphics? It does not qualify as next gen at all.

PaulJanson
PaulJanson

@robbiejones These weren't rushed, This game was also in development for 3 years. Stop thinking that just cause they have yearly release! They're not COD!

eran503
eran503

@Imperiacommando I'm 100% it will be featured in the multiplayer, and it's the main reason i will buy it.

Kickable
Kickable

@punkdsk8erdude spoilers........I thought Haytham was never an assassin, just his father.  then Reginald Birch(Templar) saved him as a kid in the attack that killed Edward Kenway.  still though they didn't give many details

Saketume
Saketume

@kljhkll I'm hoping it's less shallow and more gritty.

As much as I love the original Sid Meier game (the remake was ok too) there are many things they could improve to make it more awesome.

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

@moviequest14 I don't have a problem with announcing the game, but I do have a problem with announcing it at this time, it's still too early to announce all this information.

Navardo95
Navardo95

@moviequest14 Its funny really...fanboys will NEVER be happy..they MUST cry and whine...if the devs don't bring a huge change in thier game they'll cry about how stale the franchise is becoming and if the devs gives a game a good change they'll still cry about how different it is...

God gamers are one of the most selfish,whiniest group of people I've ever seen...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@moviequest14 It doesn't matter what's in the pictures.  It's just too soon.  AC3 was shoddy and rushing another one out the door (with 500% more guns and shooting!) is not inspiring confidence.

Again, the screenshots don't even matter.

Kickable
Kickable

@moviequest14 good luck trying to shame obnoxious non-conformists into shutting up it's impossible.  to be fair though Ubisoft is openly following a release structure for AC series that just screams quantity over quality so it's no surprise there's so many of them

made_u_look
made_u_look

@moviequest14 Honestly the first Assassins Creed wasn't that great, every game after it has been progressively getting better I think. And I think we've all been somewhat biased in our opinions of games and gaming companies. 

kik4444
kik4444

@Imatyta @kik4444 Yes, but current gen couldn't handle those graphics at that resolution so they have to be taken from PC or next gen

vyaswanth
vyaswanth

@Imatyta @kik4444 graphics does not jump drastically because next gen consoles are releasing. developers require time to understand the system.

they gradually increases game by game except for sony exclusives because they know how to optimize it.

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

@Kickable rly? i never read any of the books or comics anything that you may have seen that in, simply played the main console games. It was said in AC3 once you find out Haytham is a templar not an assassin as they led you to believe at first, i remember a conversation between modern day characters that said Haytham was probably an assassin that defected...thats why he used the hidden blades and ran/climbed around and used eagle vision like an assassin.

made_u_look
made_u_look

@Navardo95 @moviequest14 Not all gamers are like that, alot of us just watch and wait for everything to unravel. People screaming and yelling the loudest doesn't represent the majority nor make them right. Some complaining is justified though but these people you mentioned who complain and cry wolf on every article they read does get old. And honestly I think the human race is guilty about complaining about something trivial one time in there life. 

Saketume
Saketume

@made_u_look @moviequest14 Yeah I never got the hype of the first game. I thought it was pretty boring. The second game looked a lot better but I didn't like the setting.

Now I'm really starting to get interested in the series. This might be the first AC game I buy (as opposed to playtesting at a friend's house).

There's still plenty of time for them to ruin it though :P

vyaswanth
vyaswanth

@Imatyta @vyaswanth @kik4444 I know that PS4 is designing by keeping PC architecture in mind. Buy still you believe that games in PC can be optimized that easily?

are you aware that xbox 360 is closest to PC architecture?

Imatyta
Imatyta

@vyaswanth @Imatyta @kik4444 I would not say so. From what Sony presented at their PS Meeting, they claimed that the PS4 is just like a high end PC Rig. All developers confirm the same. So none of the developers should have any problem at all with jumping on the next gen train. This is not a PS3 architecture.