Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag News

It looks like Naughty Dog used Assassin's Creed artwork for the new Uncharted 4 trailer

It looks like Naughty Dog used Assassin's Creed artwork for the new Uncharted 4 trailer

UPDATE: "We made a regrettable mistake." Trailer updated.

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."

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Double Xbox Games with Gold titles announced for April

Double Xbox Games with Gold titles announced for April

Gears! Terraria! Black Flag! Child of Light! Pool! Army of Two.

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.

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Xbox One Assassin's Creed: Unity bundles announced

Xbox One Assassin's Creed: Unity bundles announced

With/without Kinect for £399/£349.

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.

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag GOTY Edition announced

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag GOTY Edition announced

Contains all Season Pass content.

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.

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BioShock Infinite isn't up for a Best Game BAFTA

Tearaway is, so is Assassin's Creed 4.

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.

Watch Dogs delayed again on Wii U

To focus on platforms with the "broadest possible benefit".

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.

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.

Xbox One outsells Xbox 360 two-to-one in UK launch

Xbox One outsells Xbox 360 two-to-one in UK launch

UPDATE: Sold around 150,000, report claims.

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.

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Assassin's Creed 4 DLC will let you play as Blackbeard

UPDATE: Due this week for all platforms except Wii U.

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.

Why launch games underwhelm

Why launch games underwhelm

"We can't make a version for PS4 or Xbox One so wildly different we can't market them together."

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.

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Assassin's Creed 4 PS4 update will upgrade resolution from 900p to 1080p

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."

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Assassin's Creed 4 PS4 bundle announced

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.

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UK chart: Assassin's Creed 4 beats Battlefield 4

But neither sell as strongly as their predecessors.

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.

Assassin's Creed 4, Watch Dogs DLC exclusive to PlayStation for six months

Assassin's Creed 4, Watch Dogs DLC exclusive to PlayStation for six months

UPDATE: AC4 PlayStation content will remain exclusive, Ubisoft confirms.

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.

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag release date shuffles forward

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag release date shuffles forward

PS3 and Xbox 360 editions to set sail a little earlier.

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).

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag season pass and DLC announced

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag season pass and DLC announced

UPDATE: Wii U version not getting any DLC.

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.

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag PC release date confirmed

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag PC release date confirmed

22nd November, alongside Wii U and next-gen versions.

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.

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Uplay confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One

Uplay confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One

PC client set for 4.0 update in October.

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.

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Assassin's Creed 4 dev walkthrough shows seven minutes of gameplay

Assassin's Creed 4 dev walkthrough shows seven minutes of gameplay

Shark stealth, tagging foes and blow darts.

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.

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Next-gen shrubs: How Assassin's Creed 4 is being ported to new consoles

And how you'll be able to play a new Assassin's Creed on your Vita this year after all.

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.

PlayStation-exclusive Assassin's Creed 4 levels shown off

PlayStation-exclusive Assassin's Creed 4 levels shown off

Vita heroine Aveline back in action.

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.

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14 minutes of continuous Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag gameplay

14 minutes of continuous Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag gameplay

Collect sea shanties for your crew to croon.

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.

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag reveals seven minutes of gameplay

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?

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PlayStation-exclusive Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag content stars AC3: Liberation heroine

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.

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Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed 4 confirmed for Xbox One

Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed 4 confirmed for Xbox One

Big 2013 games among six coming to Microsoft's new console from Ubisoft.

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.

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Ubisoft forecasts lower Assassin's Creed 4 sales than AC3 managed this past financial year

Ubisoft forecasts lower Assassin's Creed 4 sales than AC3 managed this past financial year

Thinks Watch Dogs can match or better AC1's first-year tally of ~6 million.

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.

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Pretty Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag trailer has ships, sharks and lots of stabbing

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.

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Jade Raymond's Ubisoft Toronto collaborating on new, unannounced Assassin's Creed game

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.

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag release date, next-gen launch leaked

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag release date, next-gen launch leaked

UPDATE: And now the trailer appears online, too.

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.

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag confirmed by Ubisoft, has 60 minutes exclusive gameplay on PS3

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.

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First details of pirate-themed Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

First details of pirate-themed Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

Stars assassin Edward Kenway in 1715 Caribbean-setting.

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.

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