[Ubisoft has provided an official synopsis as part of this morning's press release.]
Just before the preview embargo breaks tomorrow morning, Ubisoft has unveiled the next chapter in the Assassins/Templars war complete with pirates, high-seas adventure (and an unfortunate visual tied to the word "crevice"). Plus, "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag" gets an October release date.
The trailer introduces us to new Assassin Edward Kennway, a legendary pirate who's impressed even the great and terrible Blackbeard, apparently. The cinematic trailer doesn't hint at any specific changes in gameplay (although it might be neat to execute duel-wield gun takedowns, maybe), but I would feel confident in saying that the action has moved from Revolutionary War America to the Caribbean.
From the official synopsis:
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates.
Gameplay in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is based upon the franchise’s proven tenets. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag features a vast open world with more than 50 navigable locations. Combat combines the weaponry of the Assassin’s Order with armaments of the era, and rewards both daring and stealth. And the series’ acclaimed multiplayer experience is more varied and ruthless than ever in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag.
"Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag" will be available on October 29th for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Wii U with a planned PS4 release (and one for whatever Microsoft's next big thing turns out to be).
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