Ubisoft officially announces Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for X360, PS3, PC & Wii U

AC4 Black Flag Ubisoft officially announces Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag for X360, PS3, PC & Wii U

Right on the heels of the leaked screenshot and poster, Ubisoft has officially announced that the pirate-themed Assassin's Creed adventure is coming to current-gen consoles and PC.

Ubisoft has officially announced the fourth installment of the Assassin's Creed franchise with an all-new pirate-themed adventure that will see a multi-platform release on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC.

This announcement was most likely prompted by the recently leaked promotional poster and screenshot which revealed concrete evidence of the new game. Ubisoft has also revealed that the PS3 version of the game will feature 60 minutes of extra gameplay, presumably exclusive missions and maybe even a few extra side-quests.

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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag takes place during the 1700's, and players take the role of Edward Kenway–seen above–who is actually Haytham Kenway's father and grandfather to Connor (the protagonist in Assassin's Creed III). Edward Kenway has been reputed to be a privateer, assassin, and also dabbles in piracy himself, hinting at a conflicting persona for a hero, as most of the protagonists in the series have had straight moral compasses.

Since the plot revolves around Edward Kenway, Assassin's Creed IV may in fact be a prequel–even if indirect–and it will be interesting to see what developments Ubisoft makes in terms of story concepts and how they build around the Kenway family's past.

The reverse side of the recently leaked poster also reveals a map of the Caribbean, showing locations such as Havana, Kingston and the southern tip of Florida, offering a variety of areas to explore.

 Ubisoft officially announces Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag for X360, PS3, PC & Wii U

The official news was first revealed by gaming sites such as Joystiq, who may have attended the mysterious Assassin's Creed meeting that Ubisoft was rumored to have held yesterday.

It will also be interesting to see what direction Ubisoft takes with Black Flag in terms of game mechanics, and if we'll see an evolution in the current ship-to-ship combat featured in Assassin's Creed III. Hopefully we'll see more land exploration opportunities and more swashbuckling action amidships which are classic concepts to any pirate-themed game.

No solid release date has been confirmed yet, and supposedly we'll hear more about the game on Monday. We'll keep you updated when more information comes to life, so stay tuned!

Via Joystiq

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