Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

XB360, PC, PS3, WIIU, PS4, XBOX ONE / Action / Release: Oct 29, 2013 / ESRB: U

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag 'Guild of Rogues' multiplayer pack out today

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag 'Guild of Rogues' multiplayer pack out today

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag has gotten another does of multiplayer booty today, with the release of the 'Guild of Rogues' add-on pack. It includes three new characters for $2.99, or included as part of the Season Pass.

Read more: Two free maps coming next week »

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Assassin's Creed 4 'Freedom Cry' becomes standalone game on PS3, PS4 & PC

Assassin's Creed 4 'Freedom Cry' becomes standalone game on PS3, PS4 & PC

Ubisoft has dabbled in standalone DLC before, notably with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. But the company is now curiously turning some already-released DLC into a standalone game. The "Freedom Cry" mini-campaign from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, which told of Adéwalé's adventures and struggles against slavery, is coming this month to PC, PlayStation 4, and PS3 as a $15 standalone.

Watch: A tragic trailer »

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Assassin's Creed 4 patch fixes 100-friends bug on PlayStation 4

Assassin's Creed 4 patch fixes 100-friends bug on PlayStation 4

Ubisoft has finally addressed the bug in the PlayStation 4 version of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag that led to connection issues for those with more than 100 friends. A sizable patch has hit that fixes a few notable problems including that one, makes a balance adjustment, and introduces tutorial streaming.

Read more: Rate of double attacks increased »

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Next Assassin's Creed may not have boats, but tech will be repurposed

Next Assassin's Creed may not have boats, but tech will be repurposed

Surprise! There's going to be an Assassin's Creed game this year. But, will it feature pirates? Will it even feature naval combat at all?

One of the big challenges inherent to Ubisoft's time-spanning adventure series is that settings can change drastically. If the next game takes place in Egypt, for example, there won't be much opportunity to reintegrate the excellent naval combat of Assassin's Creed 3 and 4. However, Ubisoft isn't too bummed at the prospect of loving naval combat in future AC games, noting that the tech can be used to build entirely new things.

Read more: 'It might just not be on boats' »

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Interview: Olivier Deriviere, composer of Remember Me and Assassins Creed IV: Freedom Cry

Interview: Olivier Deriviere, composer of Remember Me and Assassins Creed IV: Freedom Cry

Remember Me may not have won critics over when it released last year, but one thing was almost universally praised: its soundtrack. Oliver Deriviere's evolving score reflects the journey of Nilin, a heroine who must recover her lost memories.

In addition to Capcom's brawler, Deriviere most recently worked on the soundtrack to Freedom Cry, the single-player DLC expansion for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. We had a chance to talk with Deriviere about his versatile work, ranging from techno orchestral to traditional Haitian music.

Read more: Abandoned, but available »

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag unleashes Blackbeard's Wrath on December 10

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag unleashes Blackbeard's Wrath on December 10

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is about to get a fresh dose of Blackbeard. The first piece of multiplayer DLC, Blackbeard's Wrath, will sail in on Tuesday, December 10 with three new playable characters, including the legendary pirate, himself.

Read more: Three new Assassins »

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Ubisoft survey hints at non-Assassin's-Creed pirate game

Ubisoft survey hints at non-Assassin's-Creed pirate game

Another Ubisoft survey seems to be once again hinting at the future of Assassin's Creed games. Riding high from the release of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, this one explores more pirating opportunities--including the possibility of removing the pirate aspect from Assassin's Creed altogether.

Read more: Yo-ho, yo-ho »

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Assassin's Creed 4 'Freedom Cry' DLC coming December 17

Assassin's Creed 4 'Freedom Cry' DLC coming December 17

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag has charted a course for its first major chunk of downloadable content. According to a new advertisement, the Freedom Cry DLC will launch on December 17.

Read more: Promises four-plus hours of content »

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Sony challenges players with First to Greatness campaign

Sony challenges players with First to Greatness campaign

Greatness Awaits! But who will be the first to reach it? Sony has laid down the gauntlet and is challenging players to complete up to 64 challenges, ranging through many of the PS4's launch games, like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, and NBA 2K14.

Read more: 'Share' button submission »

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Weekend Confirmed 192 - PS4 and Xbox One

Weekend Confirmed 192 - PS4 and Xbox One

The next generation of consoles have all arrived and Weekend Confirmed is ready to celebrate with you. Join hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata, as they welcome in Shacknews' Andrew Yoon and "Indie" Jeff Mattas to break down both the PS4 and the Xbox One. The show re-visits some major titles from the PS4 launch, like Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Resogun, and Need For Speed: Rivals. To help move the Xbox One discussion, Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia joins in the final segment to briefly talk about Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, and Killer Instinct before "Indie" Jeff Mattas talks some Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and State of Decay. To send you into your weekend, the crew reels off a new round of Finishing Moves before the post-show Tailgate.

Listen: Weekend Confirmed Episode 192 »

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Assassin's Creed 4 hints at the future of the franchise

Assassin's Creed 4 hints at the future of the franchise

The Assassin's Creed franchise can explore nearly any point in history. Players that explore Black Flag's modern day setting will uncover some interesting emails from Abstergo Entertainment that give clues as to where the series will go.

Spoilers ahead.

Read more: Annual franchise, possible time periods »

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Weekend Confirmed 189 - Assassin's Creed 4, Batman: Arkham Origins

Weekend Confirmed 189 - Assassin's Creed 4, Batman: Arkham Origins

Weekend Confirmed has finally reached the month of November and with next-gen console arrivals imminent, hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata invite Shacknews' Andrew Yoon and "Indie" Jeff Mattas to discuss the week's next-gen console stories, including the rumored different in resolution and the hardware announcements from Sony. After that, it's time to discuss games, as the crew breaks down Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and Batman: Arkham Origins before Jeff professes further love for Path of Exile. The show wraps up with "Indie" Jeff revisiting The Stanley Parable over two years after first discussing the original mod, a brief talk about the strange Device 6, and everyone's rapidly-increasing Piles of Shame before going into some post-Halloween Finishing Moves and the post-show Tailgate.

Listen: Weekend Confirmed Episode 189 »

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Ubisoft to phase out online passes starting with Assassin's Creed 4

Ubisoft to phase out online passes starting with Assassin's Creed 4

Ubisoft has announced they will phase out its online pass program, starting with Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. The game's Uplay Passport will be free to download on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, opening up the game's online features to everyone that plays the game.

Read more: Uplay Passport 'no longer the best approach' »

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Assassin's Creed 4 hides a Watch Dogs secret

Assassin's Creed 4 hides a Watch Dogs secret

Watch Dogs may have been delayed to next year, but if you play Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, you'll get a small Easter egg regarding Ubisoft's next open world game.

Spoilers follow.

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Assassin's Creed 4 review: high seas, high thrills

Assassin's Creed 4 review: high seas, high thrills

After the disappointment of Assassin's Creed 3, I was nearly ready to write off the franchise. Ubisoft's open-world foray into the American Revolution was too unfocused and too unpolished. Certainly, a one-year turnaround for Black Flag—the next fully-numbered entry in the series—wouldn't be enough to move the series forward. Or, so I thought.

Black Flag improves upon nearly every aspect of Assassin's Creed 3, largely by focusing on a grand mission statement: be a great pirate game. Although you engage in a multitude of activities—from hunting wild animals, to diving for treasure, to assassinating—they all work towards the goal of furthering your pirating ways.

Read more: A pirate's life for me »

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