There have been an inordinate number of leaks during the week or so since Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was announced to the world. All across the Internet, from sites both large and small, we saw the emergence of an Assassin’s Creed poster and two trailers, one of which was incredibly exciting. Now, on the day that the reveal of this content had originally been planned for, Ubisoft has released both trailers (though I doubt both were intended for release simultaneously), and a collection of images.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will follow the adventures of Edward Kenway, suspected father of Assassin’s Creed III‘s Haytham Kenway. Edward is an Assassin and a pirate, and we see him fight and (apparently) fornicate his way across the Caribbean. There will be a larger presence of the naval mechanics that Assassin’s Creed III so successfully introduced to the franchise, along with classic ground-based gameplay. First, the leaked trailer that really got me excited (now official). Listen as Blackbeard himself introduces Edward Kenway, and gives his fellow scoundrels a warning of the man:
Next, a brief introduction of Edward Kenway himself. I suppose “introduction” isn’t really the world for it. Edward Kenway is a “pirate trained by Assassins.” Other than that, all you really get are dynamic scenes of Edward fighting various people and looking menacing. Still, it does a good job of displaying the graphical quality (in this presentation, at least) that we can hope to expect in cutscenes:
Along with the trailers, Ubisoft has released what seem to be in-game screenshots and concept art/character models. Screenshots first:
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Next up, the concept art and character models:
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That’s it for now. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is scheduled for release on October 29, 2013. This should come as no surprise, since it falls in line with most Assassin’s Creed releases at the end of October. Those who purchase the game on PS3/PS4 will be able to download an additional hour of gameplay. Black Flag will be available on the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation 4, the Wii U, PC, “and other next generation consoles.”