Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag release date, news & rumours

News Bertan Budak 10 Mar 2013 - 15:35

We round up the latest Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag release date, news & rumours to find out what's next in store for the franchise

Update: Ubisoft has finally put us all out of our misery by formally announcing the next addition to the Assassin’s Creed franchise – Black Flag

The French firm made the announcement this week and even released a teaser trailer and screenshots (below) to get fans’ juices flowing. Black Flag will revolve around Edward Kenway, a former Royal Navy privateer turned notorious pirate, and will centre around 1715 Caribbean waters.

According to Ubisoft, it will play heavily on the naval elements seen in Assassin’s Creed 3 – although on-land missions will still make up the majority of the story. But what else can we expect from the upcoming title? We round up all the latest announcements, news and rumours to find out.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag release date

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag will be available on 1 November for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC. It has also been announced for the next-generation of consoles, including the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720, both of which are rumoured to make an appearence at the annual games expo, E3, in June.

Although an official release date is yet to be given, chances are the next-gen console version of AC4 will arrive on our shores in 2014, as the PS4’s UK release date is rumoured for Q1 2014. 

Previously, rumours suggested that Ubisoft was considering skipping a year in the Assassin’s Creed launch cycle to focus on making the franchise bigger. Fortunately for us, that rumour turned out to be false.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag features

Although naval-based missions will get a lion’s share of the story, about 60 per cent of missions will still be based on land as there will be over 50 locations to explore. Alas, our favourite hooded hero, Desmond, won’t be making an appearance in AC4 but expect to see a few famous faces floating about including Benjamin Hornigold and the notorious sea devil Black Beard.

Many weapons will return, including hidden blades, swords, spear dart and so on, as well as new additions like a blowpipe and pistols. The game will also bring back more of a focus on stealth, something that the last couple of games have embraced less and less.

Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft said. “With the new hero and new setting we are creating the boldest and most unique Assassin’s Creed game yet, while still respecting the pillars of the franchise that have made it such a fan favorite.

“Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is based on a true, harsh and exciting part of a legendary era and will thrill longtime fans and newcomers alike.”

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag co-op mode

It didn't come directly from the horse's mouth but games site The Gaming Liberty claims the next Assassin’s Creed could come equipped with a co-op mode, giving gamers the opportunity to play online against – or with – their friends (much like Black-Ops, but minus the flesh-eating zombies).

According to the article, Ubisoft released a poll which gauged players for their opinion on whether they’d like their friends to join them in "solving puzzles and missions". 

Adding weight to the rumours, Assassin’s Creed mission director Philippe Bergon recently revealed that the 2007 Altair-led Assassin’s Creed once featured an 'ambitious' co-op component but was later shelved to make room for Desmond’s Animus storyline.

Speaking to games site OXM, he said: “Before we knew about the Desmond story and Animus link, we had a huge co-op component in there but it just became too hard to do: the engine couldn't support it, and then the metaphor we had above it didn't support it."

He added: "Co-op was one of those big things at the beginning that just didn't make sense in the end. For us it was really part of the single player experience. To have in-and-out co-op, and in the end we never thought it made sense in the storyline that we had for the Animus."

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag trailer

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as Assassin’s Creed 3 was released in October 2012 on both the PS3 and Xbox 360, while its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed 4, was released on both consoles in November 2011.

You mean revelations? Did you even proof read this o:

and perhaps, it wont be a 4th just another part to AC3?

Ubisoft released a statement that 3 ended the conner story and they would move onto new characters and a different time period.

They did not say it was the end of Connor's story. They said they were introducing a new hero... Don't forget that we need a replacement to Desmond!

You are correct it just said a new hero and time period that could play out on the desmond level.

I'm actually looking forward to this one. 3 was a great game itself, but I felt it escaped the Assassin feel to it. (As well as the rushed sub-par story). If they play their cards right, this game might actually turn out 2 be more successful than the others. Naval combat, a bigger map (50 locations?), 3's combat, return of stealth, & a somewhat grittier story. Well, just my 2 cents. It could go either way. Just hoping for a more interesting story-line, gameplay, & less F***ING cut-scenes.

i hope this game will be much harder then the 3rd as much as i loved it it was extremely easy , you could take on 20 enemies at once without getting hit........ and still go on without any stop

it just wouldn't be the same without desmond to be honest.

I found 3 funny in that it was rediculously easy if u weren't going for full synch, and very hard if u were

though it did irritate me that every single major assassination scene had the same full synch goal - Kill without being detected - that was the only advantage to being stealthy that game, the enemies were too easy in melee (archery was probably near par to melee that game, where previously it was way too good)

I agree with Cal that the assassins creed 3 did fall away from the story a little bit. I myself had many questions in that game. How did the assassins get here? Why does this random man in the woods want to train me to be an assassin? And where the hell did Ezio go? But if this one continues the story it may have potential.

Scream and poop

I love trains and chicken and stuff and I can't wait to play co-op with my 89 cats. They were such controller-hogs in the other assasains creed games, especially brotherhood

Where is my other comments?

You so silly Philippe

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I am totaly geting this one too ive played and beaten every assassins creed game

Ezio's story was fully wrapped up in Revelations.

@Cool Guy. Watch assassins creed ember. It completely wraps up ezios story.

i my self like the cut scenes they give a better understanding about whats going on in the story but ya bigger map stealth is gana bring this assassins creed good places

What I don't get is how it is going to add stealth to a game full of pirates and ships battling to the death

No Desmond? Awesome!

bring Ezio back :(

Actually ubisoft created a short fil to rap up Ezio's stroy. Search up Assassin's Creed Embers

it wouldn't be another part to AC3, its 60 years before, i doubt even Haytham would be alive in AC4. besides its a completely different area of the world!

your joking right?

they cant Ezios too old, plus they made the short film were Ezio has a heart attack and dies in the plaza where his family were murdered

Ezio went back to his villa outside of florence and spent i think 10 to 15 years there and then he died, how does no one knoe this?

No I'm not. Desmond really got on my nerves and was the weakest thing in the Assassin's Creed trilogy. Well, I didn't like him anyway. Especially when you had better characters like the Assassin's of history.

I think you become an absturgo agent

Yeah he is such a pain in the ass

You play as Edward Kenway, Haytham's Father.

It is sad no Desmond

r u joking no desmond so new world graphics

Instead of desmond u Play as a absturgo agent (check gameiformer )

couldnt agree more, the only reason i kept playing was because i wanted to see how the storyline of desmond saving the world turned out. after the disapointment of him doing absolutely nothing to save the world except touch a magic ball that magically brings an ancient being to life who magically stops the threat is a weak excuse to keep the series going.

i wont be playing 4

they did 3 games with ezio. the only good one being 2.

if they ever brought ezio back i would go dexter on them

i wish we could get the bleeding effect:)))

Then don't play 4, I'm sure Ubisoft doesn't care

I agree but I like the cut sceans

????????

why

yes

they will when its a large amount of people not playing it, have you not heard the bad reviews for 3?

Ah come on people lets just accept that its just not the same without ezio auditore da firenze

ua rgt...didn't feel lyk an assassin...it was like....rush nd accomplish....hope itz nt da same in ac4!!

I the trailer they have a hot girl do they?

Is the a hot girl in AC4

hey wats up i havent passed ac3 yet but when i saw my little bro play(hes only 7 and passed the game in a week have to addmite hes better than me.:( anyways i think your right about the archery. the only thing i dont like is the fact that haytham tried to be his father. ugh annoying!!

oh yeah hes awsome and he needs to come back.

haha funny id do the same.!!!

so wat if hes old. hes to awsome o go away from the game. oh i also saw the movie tried not to cry when he died.

mabey. did u see the trailer.?

so true man.hey let me ask you somthing

i know i hated when juno had tricked him into doing that. hope we're able to kill her in the next one..")

i havent played 2 but i know who dexter is. is 2 really that good?

My God i think i felt my IQ drop after reading what little words you actually said.

i am quite mad with that there isnt going to be a version for the play staytion vita

well its definitely my favorite in the series. brotherhood and revelations just kind of tried to continue from a finished game. its like 2 was the main game and brotherhood and revelations are just the two games they kept trying to make money off because of how successful 2 was. they really should have just ended ezios story after 2 because he was a really good character in that and you got to see his entire story of sadness and revenge for his family while the other two lacked a fair bit in the story department for him.

Hmm. So Altair was the stealthy guy who used hidden blades most of the time, Ezio was the sword playing master, Connor was the brutal tomahawk murderer, and it seems like Edward is yet to be seen... Just comparing the combat styles.

Yeah, I'll admit I was glad to see Desmond die.

really awesome Haytham Kenway was awesome but it is to bad he died at the end

english dude english

I f***ing agree every time you did someing there had to prove a "better" game but the storyline was good

Im GLAD to see desmond go he was a pain in the ass his missions where so boring

Finally an Assasins creed that will not go back and forth into the future. The future parts weren't even fun at all in any of the other games. As a matter of fact it was kind of ruining the game

I would've rather played as Haytham Kenway for the game than Conner, seriously. Haytham was awesome and killed anyone he wanted, or who stood in his way, Conner aimed for one guy and wouldnt kill anyone else and he kept changing sides in the game

PIRATE NINJA ASSASSIN SUCKER!!!

desmond is the assassin

ezio die a harte atack

i like ezio audtore da freinza

No Desmond? wouldn't be the same without him i just know it. But the Ac4 gonna be awesome no matter what am i right?...

Yeah i'm right. :P

Desmond took up precious disc playing space, and was the head of all assignments that make players feel they must surpass to get back to the meat of the game, the assassin. Desmond is a neucence, and had a story without purpose. The only part about AC3s end I disliked was I wasn't allowed to kill Desmond myself. Plus, due to his atheism, I can rest happily knowing he's burning in hell. Desmond; not exactly a fan favorite. :)

This game will be a Awesome without Desmond. Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Desmond has been the main protagonist of the franchise so far. This won’t be the case in [Black Flag],” creative director Jean Guesdon said in an Ubisoft-produced interview.

“That being said [Black Flag] is not a reboot, neither is it a spinoff and we’re continuing to develop a consistent mythology. So yes, Desmond will be referred to as a very important legacy of the AC universe.”

I don't understand how people even get hung up on Desmond. He's lucky to even be in the story or the game. He does nothing but make the game worse and annoying coz you end up having to leave the " real " main character behind to attend to some b.s Desmond has going on. ACR was the worst!!!. At this point. I could care less if they actually added more depth to any idea for Desmond...PERIOD!!!

I tried thinking. Even if they started with the first AC game. What if????.. What if they did add much more depth to his character and game play??? Personally I believe he would take away from the story's and game play from the " real " main character. Which is the reason why I buy the game in the first place.

I frikn like the AC series a lot!!! Huge fan!!! Desmond I am not!!!!

seriously people desmond isn't dead because without desmond how would the storyline continue because then the world would end and there would be no more ac games it would just be a cut off I heard that theyre wont be anymore desmond I have to admit really there are times in acr that made me a bit mad but atleast I got to know what happened to desmond its like hes family and were helping him to save the world

In reply to your comment, we wouldn't have assassin's creed without Desmond, he was the main story line, and the whole idea was to learn from the past to help defeat the Templars in the present, Desmond was a huge part, believe it or not, with him gone, there will be a large gap that needs to be filled: SIDE NOTE: Juno was released in assassins creed 3, what happens in hopes to try to stop her, we wont know without Desmond, or at least another character, outside the Animus...

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