Assassin's Creed Symphony, a live orchestral performance of the long-running series' best loved music is coming to London next October, Ubisoft has announced.
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The Assassin's Creed comic series has just reached a moment in the franchise's overall story which fans have long awaited - a point the series' plot arc has been building to for nearly a decade.
PC players can download the excellent Assassin's Creed: Black Flag for free next week, as part of Ubisoft's Happy Playdays seasonal promotion.
Assassin's Creed is a series all about history - well, that and stabbing people in the neck. So, for the release of Origins, we thought we'd celebrate by delving into the history of the series. It's a lot less messy than doing the stabbing in the neck thing ourselves.
There will likely never be a better entry point to Assassin's Creed than Origins, released today. A prequel set a thousand years before the events of Assassin's Creed 1, Origins can be enjoyed as your first experience of the series.
Minigames are interesting things. They're purpose built to distract the player - to give them something different to do for ten minutes in order to break up the flow of the main game. In a sense, they're tacit admissions of the fact that sometimes games - especially long ones - can get a bit monotonous.
Roughly two-thirds of the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie will be set in modern times.
UPDATE 24/02/2015 8.44pm: Naughty Dog has admitted its used Assassin's Creed artwork in its new Uncharted 4 trailer, and explained it was all an honest mistake.
"In our eagerness to get the story trailer out we made a regrettable mistake and didn't thoroughly vet the art work used for an in game painting," the developer stated in a new blog post. "We've already updated the trailer. We hold all artistry in high regard and take full responsibility for having allowed this to happen.
"We want to sincerely apologise to everyone at Ubisoft, the Assassin's Creed team, the original artist, and our fans."
Microsoft is doubling down on its Games With Gold initiative by offering two free Xbox One games per month for Xbox Live Gold members.
It's bank holiday Monday, a day on which all the bankers are allowed to come out from behind their side of the counter and roam the countryside for a few hours. At least I think that's how it works.
Microsoft has confirmed the titles that will make up April's bumper helping of free games on Xbox 360 and Xbox One - if you're an Xbox Live Gold subscriber.
Two titles will be free for Xbox One owners from 1st-31st April: charming Ubisoft platformer Child of Light and shiny ball simulator Pool Nation FX.
Meanwhile, Xbox 360 owners will get shooter prequel Gears of War: Judgment and indie sandbox Terraria between 1st-15th April.
Microsoft has announced an official Assassin's Creed: Unity Xbox One bundle, available both with and without Kinect.
Due to go on sale in North America on Sunday, 2nd November, and Europe on 4th November, the bundle will include digital download codes for both Assassin's Creed: Unity and last year's AC4: Black Flag.
The Kinect-free bundle costs £349/$399.
Ubisoft has crossed over one of its Assassin's Creed characters into Watch Dogs, making him the focus of a side mission in the newly released game.
Ubisoft has a penchant for including Easter eggs in its games that reference some of its other famous franchises - but last week the company went a step further and snuck a couple of cheeky hidden objects in a new trailer for Watch Dogs.
Ubisoft has just confirmed its annual Game of the Year Edition for Assassin's Creed - this year, it's the Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition.
Available exclusively through Amazon in the UK from 28th March and only for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the Jackdaw Edition will contain the main game plus all Season Pass content.
Notably this includes Freedom Cry, the enjoyable story add-on starring first mate Adewale.
It's that time of year again: The British Academy Games Awards (BAFTA) nominees have been announced. The biggest surprise is that BioShock Infinite - its triumphant arrival being one of the gaming events of the year, if not the generation - is not nominated for Best Game. Fighting it out for that honour are Tearaway, Assassin's Creed 4, Grand Theft Auto 5, The Last of Us, Super Mario 3D World and Papers, Please.
Ubisoft has confirmed that the Wii U version of Watch Dogs will not arrive when the game launches on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One at some point between 1st April and 30th June.
Assassin's Creed 4's sole piece of story DLC, Freedom Cry, is going to be a standalone purchase later this month on PS3, PS4 and PC.
The existence of an ending for Ubisoft's annual Assassin's Creed series is "not exactly true", one of the franchise's lead writers has said.
UPDATE 27/01 16:55 GMT: Problem solved, apparently.
Remember those "very special" episodes of a TV series where everything becomes serious for a show? Freedom Cry feels a little like one of those - a familiar franchise tackling a particularly difficult topic. That's not to say the approach is jarring - the change befits Freedom Cry's slavery storyline - it's just surprising to find such a markedly different tone in the coda of Black Flag's swashbuckling adventure. But while Freedom Cry differs from the main game's story and themes, it remains technically reliant on the Assassin's Creed 4 mothership for everything else, and this is where its gameplay flaws remain.
Freedom Cry begins several years after Assassin's Creed 4's finale and stars Adéwalé, the old first mate of Black Flag's hero Edward Kenway. (Kenway himself is back in London fathering a grumpy Templar son). Adé is now a fully-fledged Assassin with his own ship and mission, but events soon lead him into murkier waters - combating the slave trade of which he was once a victim.
While the main game spent the majority of its time on the shiny new ocean, Freedom Cry offers most of its missions on land - where the series already feels most familiar. At least there's a fresh town to explore, Port-au-Prince, and a new base of operations where many of your missions begin. It's here, amongst the wooden shacks and narrow muddy streets, that you'll spend much of your time. It's also here that the game best manages to present the omnipresent horror of slavery: in the auction pens of humans being bartered for gold, around the local stocks where the screaming runaways are whipped, and in the murderous gaze of the jailers. On the lookout for escapees, these enemies will chase and shoot you on sight due to the colour of your skin.
We've had our say on 2013's best video games. And so have you. Now, it's the turn of the developers, the makers of the virtual experiences we so love. Read on for the games of 2013 according to the creators of the likes of Super Meat Boy, Assassin's Creed 4, XCOM, Oculus Rift and more, complete with Twitter bios.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag's upcoming add-on Freedom Cry will include new locations and hints at the next Assassin's Creed game, Ubisoft has told Eurogamer.
As Ubisoft is going full-steam ahead on its annualised Assassin's Creed franchise, it's been polling fans to see where they'd like to see the series head - or perhaps, where they'd like to see an all new series spawn from Black Flag's high seas adventures.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag may not promote itself as a "built from the ground up" next generation experience, but Ubisoft's in-house AnvilNext engine is designed to scale up and take advantage of the latest graphics technology, and plenty of visual upgrades and performance improvements are promised for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners. But just how big of a leap are we actually witnessing? And is the difference worth paying a premium for over the current generation editions of the game? Finally, with all six versions of Assassin's Creed 4 on the table, we can put these issues to the test with the definitive look at Ubisoft's epic open-world swashbuckler.
To recap, the 360 and PS3 versions of the game offered up essentialy an identical visual presentation, with matching art and a native 720p framebuffer, with the Xbox 360 version closer to reaching the desired 30fps update, in turn delivering smoother gameplay with better controller response. But it's safe to say that choosing between PS3 and 360 is something of a Hobson's choice. There is a real sense that the game is held back by the constraints of last-gen console hardware, with the potential for both Sony and Microsoft's new consoles to finally deliver a smooth experience where the action isn't compromised by a lack of system resources.
There's also the Wii U version to address too. Last year's offering didn't quite match up to the existing PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, but it was a solid effort on a technically ambitious game and one of the few multi-platform success stories of the launch period. One year later, is there any improvement? Is there any sign at all that the more modern Nintendo architecture can offer up an experience above and beyond the impressive, if performance-challenged last-gen versions? A vast raft of comparisons is set to follow, beginning with something of a first - a colossal hex-format comparison gallery, encompassing every version of the game.
UPDATE: Ubisoft has now firmed up Freedom Cry's release dates across individual platforms. The PC edition will launch alongside Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions next Tuesday, 17th December.
Some of the first-party offerings on the new generation of consoles (I think we're going to have to retire next-gen soon) might fall a little flat, but at least the third-party publishers have your back. I've already put forward a case for Need for Speed: Rivals being the best bet to pick up with your new console on day one, and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag puts up a pretty good argument too.
As it stands, Sony's games are more expensive on PlayStation 4 than Microsoft's are on Xbox One.
UPDATE: Overnight EA cut the price of its PlayStation 4 games by £3 on the PlayStation Store.
UPDATE: Xbox One sold around 150,000 in the UK during its launch, according to a report by MCV.
The Xbox 360 sold 70,000 units during its launch eight years ago.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Xbox One outsold the Xbox 360 two-to-one in the UK when you compare both console's launch periods.
With next generation tools and system resources often in a state of flux before the final hardware is ready for release, game development continues right down to the wire, in some cases with last-minute optimisations and graphical tweaks completed after a title's master disc has been pressed and duplicated for the final release. The end result is that some launch titles are effectively finished via the release of patches and updates designed to fix various bugs and glitches, or to improve noticeable performance issues - as we saw recently with Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Ubisoft recently revealed that the PS4 version of Assassin's Creed 4 would gain an update shortly after the game's release, bumping up the rendering resolution from 900p to 1080p, along with some improved visual effects and a new anti-aliasing solution, with all of this possible via further optimisation work carried out after core development was completed. With the patch now available in the US, are we looking at a noticeable upgrade in visual quality, or a more modest refinement to the original, unpatched presentation?
We kick off with a 1080p head-to-head video showcasing a number of clips from the first hour of the game. On first impressions, the differences between running the game upscaled from 900p and natively in 1080p are actually quite subtle: there's a slight but noticeable boost in sharpness, and images appear a little more crisp, but nothing that immediately grabs you as amounting to anything approaching a sensational upgrade. The original 900p framebuffer is actually upscaled well to 1080p without introducing much in the way of unwanted artefacts, and the anti-aliasing solution in both versions helps to give the game a smooth appearance.
UPDATE: Ubisoft has confirmed a Tuesday, 10th December release date for Assassin's Creed 4 multiplayer add-on Blackbeard's Wrath - that's tomorrow, or Wednesday for European PS3 and PS4 owners.
The next Assassin's Creed games will see a far greater leap in advancement for next-gen consoles, developer Ubisoft has said.
Launch games often underwhelm. We've seen it before and we're seeing it again with the next-generation of consoles. But why?
In an interview with GamesIndustry International, Ubisoft, perennial maker of launch games, offered an explanation.
"Right now, all publishers are transitioning their development resources," Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft, said.
UPDATE: The patch to enhance Assassin's Creed 4's visuals on PS4 in now live, Ubisoft has revealed. Now the game can be played in its true 1080p splendor with more advanced ani-aliasing tech.
ORIGINAL STORY: Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag's PS4 version may currently only run at 900p resolution, but an update will be out "shortly after release" sprucing it up to a nice and shiny 1080p.
Ubisoft community manager Gary Steinman explained on the Ubisoft Blog that the game originally shipped in 900p to ensure that the framerate wouldn't drop below 30 fps. "Finishing the game at 900p gave the development team the extra room in terms of the GPU and CPU usage to ensure the framerate never dips below 30 frames per second," he stated before adding "The team then used the time between the ship date and the release to focus on a title update that could deliver native 1080p resolution on the PS4."
Love it or love to moan about it, the latest annual chapter in the Assassin's Creed franchise has once again advanced the increasingly labyrinthine narrative, provided answers to a number of outstanding mysteries and dropped new clues as to where the series may be heading.
The Assassin's Creed movie has been dated for 7th August, 2015, Aint it Cool News reports.
Sony and Ubisoft have teamed up to release a PS4 bundle with Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.
This is allegedly meant to replace the Watch Dogs PS4 bundle Ubisoft had initially been planning prior to that game's delay.
The Sony platform versions of Assassin's Creed 4 contain an additional hour of exclusive gameplay.
Ubisoft has included a reference to the mysterious Assassin's Creed: Rising Phoenix project within Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.
As the autumn heavyweights enter the ring it's Ubisoft setting the pace, as Assassin's Creed 4 leaps to the top of the UK charts, leaving EA and Battlefield 4 with a cut eyebrow in second.
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Ubisoft has axed its Uplay Passport scheme after Assassin's Creed 4 players complained about locked out content.
The world map mini-game in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag's single-player campaign is only playable if you have the game's Online Pass.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag only launched today but we're already able to look ahead at what the series' future might have in store.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag has pirates and ships, which is all great and everything but there's something everyone's forgetting in all the excitement: there's an entire games development studio included for you to nose around.
Nvidia's shiniest new graphics cards will come with digital copies of up to three new games, the company has announced.
If successive Assassin's Creed games have worn you down with the same ageing systems - free-running that seems to snag on every root and spur, simplistic combat built around monotonous counter-attacks and too many missions that only focus on these mechanics, usually after tailing someone while eavesdropping on their conversation - then you should know that these things are still prominent components of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.
You should also know, however, that while they may bog you down occasionally, they are pushed comprehensively into the background by the many other things that you spend your time doing in this open-world sequel - the sixth major instalment in this vast, annualised series of adventures about the age-old war between noble Assassins and dickhead Templars. The result is a surprising breath of fresh sea air.
Set among a vibrant chain of Caribbean islands in the early 18th century, Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a pirate who plunders his way from shore to shore, evading British and Spanish fleets as he seeks to get rich or die trying. After the ship Edward is crewing picks a fight in a storm and it goes wrong, he starts the game marooned on a beach with a feisty Assassin for company, and ends up stealing his clothes and travelling to Havana to impersonate him and claim his prize.
Fighting game Injustice: Gods Among us has joined Sony's PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4 digital upgrade programme.
UPDATE: Ubisoft's PlayStation-exclusive levels for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag will not be released on other platforms after all, the publisher has confirmed to Eurogamer.
A US trailer for the game last week revealed that the content was a timed exclusive for six months, suggesting a release on other platforms at a later date was possible.
Ubisoft has now confirmed that this will not be the case, and that Black Flag's hour of Aveline levels will remain exclusive to PlayStation 3 and PS4.
Buccaneering adventure Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag will launch a little earlier than first planned on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, publisher Ubisoft has announced.
Previously dated in Europe for 1st November, the current-gen editions will now land on 29th October. That's a Tuesday - and exactly two weeks from today.
PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One versions are still slated for 22nd November, Ubisoft reassured (yes, despite the PS4 having not launched in the UK at that point).
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag director Ashraf Ismail has expressed a desire to take the time-and-space-hopping series to ancient Egypt.
UPDATE: The Wii U version of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag will not be getting any DLC.
This confirmation was given by an Ubisoft rep to Gamereactor. We've contacted Ubisoft to get a response as to why it's neglecting Nintendo's console here, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the publisher's likely feeling skittish after the Wii U's poor sales.
ORIGINAL STORY: Ubisoft has revealed its plans for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag's post-release content with the announcement of a season pass and a DLC campaign.
Have there really been five Assassin's Creed games? All on just one generation of consoles? How time flies.
You can rate each mission in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Ubisoft has revealed.
It's the biggest, busiest Assassin's Creed so far - but after an annual onslaught of games, is anyone really bothered any more? Turns out they are, actually, and Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag's open seas setting is a breath of salty fresh air that gives the series the kick up the behind it really needs.
Ubisoft has stamped a release date on the PC edition of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag - it launches on 22nd November.
That's the same day as the game's PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One versions (yes, even though PS4 won't actually have launched yet in the UK).
But Black Flag will launch first for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 1st November.
All of the Achievements for both Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and Batman: Arkham Origins have been posted online, courtesy of Exophase.
A new tech demo has shown off what features the next-gen version of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag boasts over its current-gen brethren.
Uplay, Ubisoft's digital platform, has been confirmed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Uplay will be available on all the titles in Ubisoft's next-generation lineup, which includes Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, The Crew, The Division and Watch Dogs.
Also set for next-gen consoles are the recently announced Child of Light, Valiant Hearts and Trials Fusion.
We already know that Assassin's Creed 4 aims to build on the impressive naval battles of its predecessor by allowing Edward Kenway to fully submerge himself and probe the bottom of the ocean, but as you'll see in this video interview with producer Arnaud Vaudour, Ubisoft intends for these dives to be much more than throwaway distractions.
Over exclusive underwater gameplay footage, Vaudour explains how the team set out to build beautiful but threatening environments where systems felt consistent with the rest of the game - so just as you hide from guards by lurking in bushes in the open-world on land, so you hide from sharks by mixing with kelp and ducking behind coral under the ocean.
While you're down there, you'll pick up lots of rewards and upgrades for Kenway's ship, and environments will vary in difficulty, with fewer air pockets and more substantial threats as you go deeper beneath the game's surface. Elsewhere in the video, Vaudour also talks about how the game differentiates between self-contained dive sections and the open sea, which you can sail - and swim - across.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag game director Ashraf Ismail has shown off seven minutes of the upcoming open-world pirate adventure in a new developer walkthrough (via IGN).
This time we get to see new protagonist Edward Kenway explore the seafloor by using a diving bell to access an underwater cave. Along the way he needs to stay out of view of a shark, but unfortunately this doesn't involve him wearing a novelty shark fin on his head. In fact, it doesn't involve him wearing much of anything as he needs to strip down to his drawers to go for swim.
This seems like it might make his exploits at a nearby enemy encampment more dangerous, but some new "improvements" have made it so the advantage remains clearly in the player's court. The biggest addition is that you can now "tag" enemies ala Far Cry 3, so you can continue to see them through walls. You can also keep your throwing knives in your skivvies, so you're never really stripped of your gear.
Assassin's Creed 4 isn't even out, and we've already unearthed an easter egg within it. Ian Higton picked up the little secret (don't worry - it can't really be considered a spoiler) during his recent travels, and it's kind of tied in to where he headed.
Assassin's Creed's debut on next-gen consoles will bring - among other new features - more intense environments that, Ubisoft says, will allow for greater immersion. "When you get into a bush in stealth mode you really feel like you are hidden there in this next gen bush," Assassin's Creed 4's associate producer Sylvain Trottier told Eurogamer. Quite.
It will take around half an hour to sail across the naval open world of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Ubisoft has told Eurogamer.
You'll be able to earn two sets of achievements for cross-generational games if you own Xbox 360 and Xbox One copies, Microsoft has announced.
You probably already knew that sticking sharp things in endangered species was going to be a thing in Assassin's Creed 4 (though you can forgive Kenway a little, as back in his day they weren't quite so rare) so now here's a chance to see something a little more deserving of a forceful prod. Sharks, the gits of the sea, can be stabbed up and chopped to bits just so our charming pirate can make a nice new purse.
Assassin's Creed 3 divided people - Tom liked it, and a fair few of you agreed with him while a few more didn't - but there's one thing that everyone's settled on: the naval sections were a clear highlight.
The first images of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag's slightly futuristic era have been revealed. (Thanks, AllGamesBeta.)
Assassin's Creed developer Ubisoft has said it has ideas in place for the series' eventual ending - whenever that might be.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag's PlayStation-exclusive levels have been shown off in more detail by developer Ubisoft.
The content features an older Aveline de Grandpré, the heroine of last year's PlayStation Vita title Assassin's Creed: Liberation, and will be written by that game's lead scribe Jill Murray.
The hour-long "short story" is divided into three bonus missions for PlayStation 3 and 4 owners, and will pick up a while after Liberation's conclusion.
The first footage of Assassin's Creed 4's co-op modes, Discovery and Unleashed, have been revealed as an enhanced version of Assassin Creed 3's Wolfpack co-op mode.
Ubisoft has released an impressive extended excerpt of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag footage showing the game's seamless open world.
Buccaneer assassin Edward Kenway is able to leap from land to sea and back again during a quick chase sequence and then a trip to dig up buried treasure.
The clip also gives a first in-game look at Black Flag's huge world map, which stretches down from Florida via Cuba and Jamaica to the northern shores of South America. There seems to be a decent amount to do while at sea too - Kenway stops off at a passing desert island, spots enemy ships to fight and escapes from a waterspout.
A new Assassin's Creed comic series will offer hints at the future of the franchise beyond this year's pirate-themed entry, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.
Ubisoft has released seven minutes of gameplay footage showing off its upcoming high seas adventure Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.
Here we get to see new protagonist Edward raid a corpse for a treasure map, which shows us an artist's rendering of the booty's location, Red Dead Redemption-style. In this particular instance, it's on an island called "mysteriosa," which seems to emanate from the "unobtanium" school of heavy-handed monikers.
The treasure, as it turns out, is a blueprint for a ship upgrade. Why anyone would design such a thing only to stash it away in a secret chest is anyone's guess. Perhaps that enhanced broadside cannon was deemed too dangerous for human consumption?
The bombastic E3 show floor was packed with open-world games.
Ubisoft has announced a season of DLC for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag which will star protagonist Edward Kenway's first mate, Adewale.
The star of Ubisoft's PlayStation Vita spin-off Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation will return in PlayStation versions of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, the developer has confirmed.
Aveline de Grandpré's story will be continued in three new missions developed just for the game's PS3 and PS4 versions, Kotaku reported. PC, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners will miss out.
Ubisoft previously confirmed that PS3 and PS4 editions of the game would get extra content totalling around an hour's extra gameplay. It's a similar deal to the Sony-exclusive Benedict Arnold storyline in Assassin's Creed 3 and the Copernicus side-story in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
The single-player mode of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag will allow you to connect with your friends' games.
Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed 4, two of 2013's most high profile releases, are coming to Microsoft's newly unveiled Xbox One.
They're heading up the six games that Ubisoft will be bringing to Microsoft's console as it readies up its next generation offerings.
"Our teams are using the innovations in connectivity, immersion and social gaming included in Xbox One to create original and memorable next-gen gaming experiences," Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot squeaked.
Ubisoft thinks the Golden Age of Piracy is a stronger theme globally than the American Revolution, but for the sake of being "prudent" has forecast lower sales for Assassin's Creed 4 than AC3 managed this past financial year.
Ubisoft did similar for new cross-generational IP Watch Dogs, with CEO Yves Guillemot forecasting that, "We believe the game can perform as well or even better than Assassin's Creed 1 back in financial year '07." Assassin's Creed 1 managed greater than 6 million sales that year. "However," he added, "our target reflects more conservative expectations," although he didn't say what that was.
Assassin's Creed 3 broke the magical 10 million mark during the financial year ended 31st March 2013, shifting 12.5 million copies - a number comprised of shipped boxes and digital sales.
Ubisoft has released a very pretty new trailer for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Behold, several minutes of new footage!
It's unclear which platform the footage has been captured from, but the quality of the visuals suggests it's likely to be the PC and next-gen console build.
The trailer appears to confirm the return of the series' iconic View Points and gives us a few glimpses at some early story moments.
In July 2010, ahead of the release of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, one of the key developers behind the game told Eurogamer that the stealth action series needed a "breather".
Splinter Cell: Blacklist developer Ubisoft Toronto will help make the next Assassin's Creed game due after Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.
Ubisoft Toronto is under the command of Jade Raymond, a key creative force behind the first Assassin's Creed game.
The new, unannounced Assassin's Creed game is presumably the annual release for 2014. And it's one of five projects that Ubisoft Toronto will help out with.
Ubisoft has shown in-game footage of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag for the first time, giving a glimpse of naval battles, underwater exploration and new locations.
Previously-leaked Assassin's Creed thing Rising Phoenix appears to be a PlayStation Vita game.
An image that appears to reveal a new Assassin's Creed project has found its way online.
If Ubisoft's leak-ridden reveal of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag was a ship, it would have already sunk to the bottom of the ocean. While hundreds of journalists queued last week for their first official peek, details of the game's what, where and who were already available online: product art showing a new assassin buccaneer, a map of the Caribbean and a name - Edward Kenway, grandfather of Assassin's Creed 3's Connor.
So it was with expectation and an air of predictability that the lights dimmed and the show began. It was started, bizarrely, by an extended monologue remembering the series to date, delivered by the actor who played Finchy in The Office. Remember the original game's Masyaf, we were told. Remember the tall spires of Renaissance Italy, the crowded streets of Boston. Well, we do - for gamers, these events happened fairly recently. AC3's launch still seems particularly fresh in the memory - Ubisoft is only a third of the way through releasing that game's episodic King Washington DLC.
After the theatrics and a sales pitch, after the Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag name was announced and banners unfurled bearing its skull-adorned logo, then - finally - a more detailed and encouraging picture of the game emerged.
Eight studios are working on Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, publisher Ubisoft has announced.
UPDATE: Another day, another Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag leak. This time it's the game's CGI reveal trailer, which appeared online over the weekend.
The footage confirms the black bearded fellow in the artwork below as Blackbeard himself, and there's plenty of action with new pirate assassin Edward Kenway.
We'll have a full preview of the game at 5pm, if there's anything left that hasn't leaked by then.
Pirate-themed Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag has been officially confirmed by publisher Ubisoft, and will have 60 minutes of exclusive gameplay on PlayStation 3.
Packshot artwork shows that the game will at least be released for PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360.
The imagery confirms its rumoured pirate setting, while a sticker on the PS3 version reveals the exclusive hour of gameplay - the same deal offered with Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
The next Assassin's Creed game will star a pirate assassin and be set in the early 18th century Caribbean, a slew of leaks suggest. It will be named Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.
Leaked artwork posted by Kotaku showed a new hooded assassin taking on a ship full of salty sea dogs, armed with a pistol and dagger. A black skull-and-crossbones flag hangs behind him.
That assassin is Edward Kenway, father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather of Connor from Assassin's Creed 3, according to The Examiner. He's a privateer, assassin and occasional pirate.
This year's Assassin's Creed game will feature an all-new setting and main character, publisher Ubisoft has announced.