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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Is Really the Next Sequel in the Series

Ubisoft confirms what leaked marketing materials had suggested: Assassin's Creed is going full pirate.

Get ready for a million pirate-pun-heavy headlines spread out over the next several months of previews.

After leaked marketing materials from earlier this week offered up a glimpse of a potential future sequel in the Assassin's Creed franchise--one that featured a sea-faring pirate as its protagonist, no less--all we could do was wait until Ubisoft got around to confirming or denying the existence of such a game. We did not have to wait long.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag has been officially confirmed by Ubisoft as of today. Details on the game were not provided, but the new box art (which you can see embedded here in the story) certainly confirms both the title and the piratey aesthetic. The game is currently scheduled to release later this year for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U. Probably other platforms too, if we're being honest, but as of now, those four platforms are all that's been announced.

Going full on pirate makes a fair amount of sense, considering it lets the development team keep a lot of the assets and gameplay concepts found in Assassin's Creed III--especially those pertaining to nautical combat. Still, I'm not exactly sold on that subtitle. Apart from the obvious punk rock connotations, the term "black flag" is generally more associated with the anarchist movement, going all the way back to the late 1800s. The traditional black with skull-and-crossbones pirate flag is typically referred to as a Jolly Roger, though that wouldn't necessarily make for as "dark" sounding a subtitle. Of course, the black flag could be in reference to the naval combat term, also known as a "false flag," wherein ships would fly false flags to lure in enemy ships. Or maybe it's a symbol of parley, a nautical tradition wherein ships would fly a black flag to signal to would-be attackers that they wish to discuss or confer terms.

This is why you should never let me use Wikipedia before my coffee's kicked in. We'll have more on Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag soon. Probably.

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Edited by TheAdmin

This series has jumped the shark quite a while ago. Such a shame too.

Posted by Jechtshot78

I just...don't care about this series anymore. The annualisation has killed it for me.

Edited by 014

I still have to play Assassin's Creed II.

Posted by wrecks

I like pirates. I like AC. I'm in.

Posted by Foil1212

Is this a tie in with the Black Flag/Greg Ginn revival? Because if it is, I WON'T BUY THIS!

Edited by louiedog

With these things being annualized and with so many different groups working on parts, can they steer the ship back from where AC3 was going?

Posted by TheHT

I wonder of they'll gin up some future story as well or just turn the franchise into ye olde parkour assassin games.

Posted by Yanngc33

This game looks like a pretty lazy effort. First of all, the main protagonist on the box art looks way too much like Connor on first glance (I'm fairly confident that this will not be the case once the hood is down). Secondly, they're just going to re-use a bunch of assets from the third game for all the naval combat and the gameplay will probably stay relatively the same. Thirdly, this is Ubisoft ruining numbered sequels for Assassin's Creed. They've obviously realized that by sticking a new number on the box, more people pay attention. Assassin's Creed 3 felt like an event because it was the first numbered sequel in a while. This just feels like a cash grab.

Posted by dvorak

This is great. I'm glad this is the direction the game is moving in, because the naval stuff was my favorite part of III.

Edited by andrewf87462

i was hoping the next ass creed game would have been next gen

Edited by LTSmash

I know during the American Civil War "flying the Black Flag" referred to giving no quarter/taking no prisoners. I'd play an Assassin's Creed game in that setting.

Posted by Zaxex

Assassin's Creed doesn't need to be an annual series. I've gone from loving the series and buying every game to being pretty apathetic to this announcement.

Posted by Nadafinga

Ugh. Talk about grinding a game series into a fine dust.

I'm about as interested in this one as I am the next CoD.

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

Holy shit 60 minutes of exclusive content that's like 3600 seconds!

Edited by Yummylee

I've steered clear from both Revelations and AC3, but this one... this one I'm interested in. I mean fucking pirates, man! It's about time.

Hopefully since I haven't been burned or completely soured on the series after skipping the previous two, I'll be able to enjoy this new one more so than most. Or maybe that'll mean I'll be heartbroken even more so than most... Oh God, I just remembered that this is going to be a complete stinker on current gen consoles too, if AC3's performance was indicative of how this series is simply too grand for the PS3/360 at this point. Though this'll also no doubt be next-gen title anywhoo. Here's hoping anyway...

Posted by Devise22

This is...interesting?

With the Desmond storyline wrapped up, I am curious what the behind the scenes of this is going to be. I could honestly just see them not even having much attention paid to the stuff happening behind the animus and just giving you a generic character connected to the Animus.

I may pick this up. I swore to myself AC had turned into Call of Duty and I couldn't pick any more up after 3 when I saw the end of the Desmond storyline. But the setting sounds decently fresh enough that it may be worth a go. Curious to see how they work the idea of assassins versus templars in a pirate style setting. Also curious if we will get crazy exposition on our antagonist in this one as we did with Conner or if it'll just be small set up.

I doubt this is the only version of AC IV we see though. I could easily see them rolling out 3 different expansion versions of AC IV pending on how they end up.

Posted by dropabombonit

Going to wait for the typical ubi price drop on this because got burned by paying full price for AC3

Posted by Quemador

I dont know man, i got burn with the third one...

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Edited by Seb

Big fan of the series but really didn't like 3. I hope this turns out good.

Posted by usgrovers

Pirates means more naval battles, right? Consider that naval battles were the best part of ACIII, and I'm intrigued.

Posted by fetchfox

This is amazing, but fuck Ubisoft for getting me excited again! I don't wanna be burned... Pirates sounds cool though, the sea mechanics and fighting was some of the best in AC3.

Posted by Toug

@waffley said:

NEVER go full-pirate.

Damn! Beat me to it.

Edited by probablytuna

Wouldn't it seem more fitting for this game to be an expansion to Assassin's Creed III than a fully proper numbered sequel? This is still a Kenway story afterall.

Edited by Lukeweizer

I'm really surprised how warmly this news is being received. Especially after AC 3 was not as steller as people were hoping for and perhaps fatigue of the series started to set it. But if this is coming out end of 2013 or beginnd of 2014, that's 5 Assassin's Creed games in 5 years (or 5 and a half if it's early '14). Those are Call of Duty numbers, people.

Posted by Getz

I'm good.

Posted by Rox360

Yeah... uh... I'm just gonna find a cheap copy of Brotherhood and pretend that was the last game in the series. Thanks anyway, Ubisoft.

Do kinda wanna play me some Sid Meier's Pirates now, though...

Edited by Ghost_Cat

Goddamnit, someone just kill this series already.

Edited by The_Nubster

@gold_skulltulla: I thought Connor looked really dumb in AC3 while he was wearing his costume. It gets sillier and sillier every single release.

Edited by yevinorion AC game where I can play in my home country? I wish there were more games set in The Bahamas. Hopefully this time we get to run around on land and not just have sea missions there.

Posted by jakob187

Look at me not giving a flying fuck. AC3 killed the franchise for me.

Posted by Cykke

@jakob187: AC Brotherhood killed it for me.

Posted by cikame

I hope this lets the designers have some fun with the game, i could go for an uplifting Assassins Creed game.
"Hey Assassin, i challenge ye to an arrg off"

Posted by RandomInternetUser

I am aggressively uninterested. FUCK PIRATES.

Edited by FatWhiteLump

The first 3 AC gamers were some of my favorites, revelations was ok, but 3 was garbage. I think I'll pass.

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Posted by The_Ruiner

All these guys are just starting to look a like...

Edited by Nevi

@gregoryc said:

PS3 already has an "exclusive" edition?

edit: Also surprised they're using Assassin's Creed IV already. I thought Ubi would do a game with a subtitle a la Brotherhood or Revelations. But I guess if it's not the same protagonist than they cannot do that...

additional edit: Alex did not note this, but it has been rumored that Connor will not be the protagonist this time. That pertains to the above edit.

I think that using "IV" in the title is probably a marketing decision. I understand that non-numbered franchise entries typically sell less (I suspect in part thanks to the likes of Resident Evil and Final Fantasy). Some consumers have a mentality of "if its not numbered it is not part of the main series and does not matter as much". And that is kinda true to be honest, I will probably not be bothering with Gears of War: Judgment until it is in clearance sales in a year for £9.99.

Happy with this setting - its no feudal Japan, but the naval missions were my favourite part of III.

Posted by NDN_Shadow

Pirate assassins?! What nonsense is this?!

Posted by Haziqonfire

Too many AC games too quickly. I'm growing tired!

Posted by FoolishChaos

So fucking done with AC

Edited by 49th

Assassin's Creed Pirates!? This might be the first AC game I buy since the first one.

I have only played the first game.

Edited by Smokey_Earhole

@_horde said:

I would buy it even more if it was called Assassin's Creed: Jolly Roger.

I would buy it ten times over. That title is (would've been) hilarious in the most earnest way.

Posted by forkboy

@mrmazz said:

Man I was hoping with a title like Black Flag that AC would be going into the anarchist movement of the early 1800s and beyond. That could be kinda interesting.

I'd also settle for being a member of Nestor Makhno's Black Army during the Russian Civil War. Though I guess fighting a guerilla war against the counter-revolutionary Whites & Bolshevik Reds in the Ukraine perhaps doesn't suit the mechanics of the Assassin's Creed series. Actually, something that forced them to try something new would probably be a good idea

Posted by Reisz

I'm starting to be really grateful I didn't play Revelations or ACIII I'm actually rather interested in this. Fingers crossed this was developed in parallel with III though. Otherwise this does seem rather soon.

Posted by Dustpan

Why did they have to number it.

Edited by eternitymemory

I guess I'm in the minority that liked III for the most part (Desmond and his side of the story is where my problems with that game lie), but even I'm considering waiting for a nice price drop before I pick this one up, and not just because I'm broke as hell. Still, blowing up ships was the funnest part of III and the setting of this game is waaay more interesting than colonial America. I'm optimistically intrigued despite some reservations.

And I hope the entire soundtrack is somehow comprised of nothing but remixes of He's a Pirate because that's all I heard in my head during the naval missions.

Posted by Lab392



Posted by Bumbuliuz

I really liked the naval combat in AC3, so this sounds great to me.

Posted by Synekal

Are the ship battles from the third game really what people wanted in an Assassin's Creed game?

Why don't they just make the Assassin's Creed ninja/samurai game that everyone's been asking for? Before the series completely implodes and becomes a caricature of itself.