Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS3)
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Confirmed With Box Art. 60 Minutes of Exclusive PS3 Content
Written Thursday, February 28, 2013 By Richard Walker
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Box art for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag leaked earlier today, but it's since been confirmed by a Ubisoft Community Developer on Twitter, who also posted an image of the cover art in question, depicting the game's new pirate hero, sporting a cutlass and flintlock pistol.

The tweet also promises the first details on Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag on March 4th at 6pm CET/5pm GMT, which is when you'll be able to read all about it right here, in depth and detail. For now though, we have to shut the hell up about it, lest we're made to walk the plank.

Check out the Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag cover art out below, which as you can see promises "60 minutes of exclusive gameplay" only on PS3. Come back on March 4th for the full lowdown on the whole thing. Spoiler: there will be pirates.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]


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Comment #1 by Robinworldwide
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 06:26:39 AM
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I'm hearing a lot of negative comments on this in other forums, but i'm actually excited about the idea! :)

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Comment #2 by Alex Fly
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 06:28:02 AM
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I'm impatient to be on Monday for the first details, this sounds promising so far.

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Comment #3 by dante_kinkade
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 06:28:14 AM
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yay it is real, going to be fun playing as a pirate assassin who ever he is. I just hope it is on the PS3 at this point because still need a vita.

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Comment #4 by Ice884
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 06:28:34 AM
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Ok so here's my question....what's their line of reasoning for pirates in assassins creed? There was a time jump between AC1 and AC2, then you had brotherhood and revelations that only time jumped maybe 10-15 years inbetween those 3 since you were the same assassin in them. Then there was the time jump to the american revolution. So why is this assassins creed 4 when it should just be a title if there is no real time jump but maybe a few years?

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Comment #5 by Crippldogg
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 06:33:18 AM
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Hopefully, it isn't as boring as AC3 was

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Comment #6 by Crazybasil
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 06:33:30 AM
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Comment #7 by Macthillien
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 06:34:07 AM
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This will defnetly have more boat stuff, I only hope it was not as boring as ACIII... Conner was such a boring charecter, and the game was nearly not stealthy at all... Conner's father was a very good charecter though

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Comment #8 by Dark_Raven666
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 06:36:01 AM
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Moo goes the cash cow.

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Comment #9 by WINAS3
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 06:43:50 AM
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Yar! I look forward to hearing more in the coming days.

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Comment #10 by dante_kinkade
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 06:45:52 AM
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*reads the thing again* damn i need to sleep if i missed the top.

I just wish they would go oh wait, look who's back and we tricked you in 3 type of thing.

@4 they stuck with the same character so didn't need to do a new number, unlike now. not counting the obvious vita game that took place at the same time so used the same number even though a different character.

@5 I don't see how it was boring at all with all the cool things you could do and the fun story and game play, sure Conner was abit dull and the ending abit sudden, but i don't see how it makes it boring.

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Comment #11 by Chrissycooza1
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 06:48:21 AM
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well thank god theres a 4th game the ending to AC3 was so shit that I actually threw my controller at the tv, I refused to have gone through 5 games as three different ancestors to have it end so quick and pathetically.

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Comment #12 by Cyber
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 06:48:45 AM
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Pirate assassins?

What ever next

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Comment #13 by GAZDAN
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 06:58:49 AM
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Happy with this, here's hoping for a PS4 release as I want to move to the next gen as soon as possible.

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Comment #14 by jvaferreira
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:00:33 AM
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I knew it was true.

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Comment #15 by c1ned1ne
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:03:01 AM
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@10: Half the game was a freaking tutorial and the other half was one of the most Don't-give-a-fuck-Settings I ever had. I can see how people find it boring.

I find it funny how a secret society is so obviously omnipresent across all times.

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Comment #16 by MrSP
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:11:01 AM
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@4 - This isn't going to be more Desmond. They don't need to bother with that, any more.

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Comment #17 by Object422
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:11:28 AM
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I was hoping for a great pirate game this generation and AC IV is gonna be about pirates! Can't wait!

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Comment #18 by PJHRES2
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:12:46 AM
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Thank god they got rid of Connor, what a terrible 'character'. All he did was whine and bitch the whole game.

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Comment #19 by Creepter
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:15:02 AM
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Already? Seriously, Ubisoft?

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Comment #20 by xTBHxREVAN
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:21:42 AM
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AC 2 -> AC 3 = 3 years between releases

AC 3 -> AC 4 = 1 year with announcement 5 months following 3's release??

....Questionable developer choices...

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Comment #21 by Solrina
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:23:51 AM
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Geez I still haven't played Revelations, Liberation, or ACIII.

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Comment #22 by AndyBeans
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:25:14 AM
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I reckon they've moved to ACIV instead of making this an ACIII game because they've realised that the ACIII series (ACIII and Liberation) are the worst games in the IP. I realise that some people will lap up anything, but I found the lack of quality and weak storyline compared to the ACII series completely shocking!

Good move IMO, I thought the naval missions were the best part of ACIII!

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Comment #23 by DeMz
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:34:29 AM
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Too soon. This game's gonna suck as AC III did. Why the rush Ubisoft?!

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Comment #24 by DanDx
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:37:45 AM
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Jesus christ, so much milking. Not even a trailer and we already have the cover art. This is going to be a disaster.

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Comment #25 by ONUOsFan
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:38:15 AM
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@20, they built ACB and ACR on the same engine as ACII, while another team was working on ACIII on a new engine.

The reason they're coming out with this a year later is because it's working on the same engine as ACIII (presumably while someone else is working on a next-gen game with another new engine).

In terms of gameplay, this will be an evolution like ACB was to ACII - the only difference, and the reason for a number instead of a subtitle, is that it appears to be a totally different character and time period. Curious to see what they do with the present day side of things, though...

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Comment #26 by osakamitsu
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:43:46 AM
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who cares if they are milking. We need a good pirate game for once and assassins creed isa great series. Im excited about the new time period.

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Comment #27 by jeschmit
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:45:57 AM
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I've been a fan of the AC series all the way up until ACIII (kind of boring in my opinion). I'm thinking it might be time for me to move on from this series unless I hear of overwhelming great reviews after this comes out. I am not excited for this though...

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Comment #28 by Uchiha Itachi
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:46:06 AM
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no wonder they want to exploit the naval thing it was the best in AC3 and the gamers love it but if they make a game with let's say 50 percent or more with naval i dodn't think it will feel like an AC game.

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Comment #29 by Scorpkahn
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:46:39 AM
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@13: Well unlucky there Sherlock, the boxart clearly shows PS3.

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Comment #30 by Shirokurou
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 07:55:11 AM
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It's gonna be AC3/5. I'm sure of it.

Though they'll probably make up for it by making it a free-roam islands kinda thing.
But otherwise, the skeleton is 100% AC3.

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Comment #31 by P_Pigly_Hogswine
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 08:05:18 AM
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This still feels like a joke for some reason. I mean box art ahead of a teaser trailer? Why 4 when 1, 2 and 3 didn't have subtitles? And why so alarmingly soon?

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Comment #32 by PainOfDemise
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 08:05:19 AM
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I really need to start catching up on the Assassin Creed games.

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Comment #33 by Darthtoxicity
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 08:14:24 AM
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lol Black Flag. Good band.

Why so soon, you ask? Assassin's Creed is a yearly title (just like Call of Duty, Madden, and other awful games) and they couldn't think of any spin-offs. This is pathetic.

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Comment #34 by Visarar
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 08:36:08 AM
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@11 - Now i hardly attempt to write in the comments section but this comment forced me to sign in and make my say...

You actually threw your controller at the TV after you BEAT the game?? what kind of fool are you? You should know that noone here thinks that your a "neat " or "edgy" person for doing that. In fact by telling us all what you did you only exposed the true natured idiot that you really are.

I dont care that you didnt like AC3.. in fact I appriciate your opinion. But really, to throw your controller at your TV when you WIN a game?... I'm sorry but that doesnt sound right to this 30 year old gamer.

And on topic, I am super excited that this new is real, I cant wait for yet another installment in the series :) no thrown controllers needed.

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Comment #35 by Cloud AC
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 08:37:08 AM
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I bet this will be like Brotherhood was to AC2. Base AC2 with little changes. To me it's not necessarily a bad thing, I loved AC3's combat system and naval missions (the only good things about it, actually) so if they can implement it as a core feature of the game with more options like getting aboard random ships for loot and stuff like that, this game can turn out to be great.

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Comment #36 by Exedome
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 08:38:27 AM
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"Black Flag", "Black Ops 2". Are games being rushed so badly that they can't even come up with good names?! And why is this being announced already? All DLC haven't been released for AC3 yet, for Christ's sake.

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Comment #37 by TheNeoReaper
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 09:06:56 AM
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Glad Connor is going bye bye.

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Comment #38 by ShadowStar83x
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 09:13:53 AM
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Yet another franchise is being destroyed by greed.

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Comment #39 by DarkLordz
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 09:27:30 AM
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what about ps4 version?

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Comment #40 by Peskens
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 09:34:25 AM
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So they gonna Caribean now? Interesting, but wait for more details.

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Comment #41 by DMCV
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 09:41:21 AM
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Hidden blade, a sword and THREE guns.


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Comment #42 by hibsta1992
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 09:50:53 AM
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Instead of Assassins Creed doing pirates, Rockstar should do a game about pirates, I want a good pirate game that's as good as Red Dead

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Comment #43 by bowskillz
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 09:53:56 AM
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@42 Good idea!

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Comment #44 by Taktikzade
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 10:07:13 AM
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Ergggh not another Ass Creed Game :-|

Create something new Ubisoft.. jeeeeeeesus.

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Comment #45 by Louchavelli
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 10:12:12 AM
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Couple of things....I mentioned in the xbox forum, that while I found AC 3 to be a bit disappointing compared to AC2, overall this is one my favorite IP/series. That being said, I am bit worried on thier plotline and how its going to connect to the existing story due to the ending of AC3. On a side note, I see AC3 like Mass Effect 3. While I wasn't crazy about ending (disappointed really), the whole ride leading up to the ending and the previous titles were awesome and thoroughly enjoyable.

Second, I love the fact that PS3 owners get exclusive content for this series.

Third, @42, while its not the greatest game, if you're looking for a pirate game, check out Risen 2. I would recommend that you rent it, its worth a good one time playthrough.

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Comment #46 by tonio_dguez
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 10:13:02 AM
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another AC game!
geez, I still need to play Brotherhood, Revelations and III :/

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Comment #47 by KylarXBlint
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 10:14:44 AM
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I like it and don't like it at the same time. I'm more intrigued with story when it comes to games. I really wonder what kind of story will a pirate have in the AC world. I honestly think they could have went another route but who knows, maybe I'll like it.

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Comment #48 by Vaco Deus
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 10:40:20 AM
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I guess no one liked Connor :/

Feels like this should be a spin off, not a numbered sequel.

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Comment #49 by Chrissycooza1
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 10:45:37 AM
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@34 - LOL you hardly attempt to write in the comments section maybe you should have kept it that way, yes I threw my controller at the TV, at the time AC3 was supposed to be the final game of a huge franchise which I have followed since day 1, which would suggest an epic ending for an epic franchise but instead I saw Ubisoft attempt an unimaginative ending almost as terrible as Mass Effect 3 but Im not the kind of person to sign a petition to have the ending changed so I accepted the AC3 ending like the ME3 ending and moved on.

As for being a "neat " or "edgy" person for doing it, what the fuck are you talking about, dont mistake me for someone who actually gives a shit what anyone thinks of me. You say that you dont care that you didnt like AC3... when in fact I DID like AC3 just not the attempted ending to a huge franchise so dont try to put words in my mouth, oh and trying to be a witty sarcastic prick doesn't suit you so dont quit your day job.

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Comment #50 by Taktikzade
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 10:46:06 AM
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Seriously though, They should move on from this now, look at Naughty Dog with Uncharted, they knew when to stop.. Uncharted is one of my favorite games series for a long long time, I wouldn't want a 4th one though (yet)..

Why can't they create something fresh. Ass Creed !

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Comment #51 by alx681
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 11:28:01 AM
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for me at least i think its time to move on from AC. They are really not taking the story anywhere just releasing game after game. 2 and brotherhood will remain my two favorite games in the series.

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Comment #52 by ShadowStar83x
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 11:28:06 AM
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Though I dislike milling franchises, I won't pass judgment until they reveal more. Sounds interesting.

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Comment #53 by Blitz-tek
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 11:48:05 AM
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AC3 has not long come out? What is the rush?

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Comment #54 by AverySegaw
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 12:53:22 PM
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But...pirates? Why...just...what is the logic? ...what? Assassin pirate? I give up.

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Comment #55 by VandalHeart383
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 01:29:51 PM
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OMG. I love Assassins Creed, but this is starting to be Ubisofts version of Call of Duty. Every year they release a new one. I'm done with the series. They just made too many versions of this game, just like Resident Evil.

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Comment #56 by Sellers
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 01:31:44 PM
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What's wrong with Pirates? Also we know next to nothing about the game yet!

I'd rather have it change up a bit more rather than being in another urban City environment, I only hope they get rid of the insanely boring side quests.

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Comment #57 by GRIIVIREAPER
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 01:47:24 PM
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It's captain jack sparrow!

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Comment #58 by GRIIVIREAPER
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 01:54:41 PM
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All I had to see was ps3 exclusive a whole hour more and I'm totally down. People need to shut up about game company's and looking for money. Game company's are dropping like flies so it's either go to a bigger corporation or lose your jobs alone with all your friends and counter parts....or make the easy choice make the money and continue to do what you love. We had a game company in my own town volition we didn't get bought out now they sold all the rights to saints row and some other company thq I think and all those ppl got fired except a few that's way worst then getting bought by EA or whatever stop hating guys just let them do there job either buy it or don't buy don't bitch about them making a cpl bucks in dlc when half of us use gamefly or go to GameStop cuz we think we are getting a deal lol god damn

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Comment #59 by GRIIVIREAPER
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 01:59:41 PM
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@25 good comment! Makes sense hopefully they got this engine all figured out so they can make the new a little like the old :)

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Comment #60 by KindredCampbell
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 02:40:55 PM
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Ass Greed 4 ,,,,,,,, great another rushed title. hell people just youtube the whole story,, lol, why bother waistin $$ on crap. if they cancel and hold off the next AC till ps4 , I MIGHT CONSIDER IT.

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Comment #61 by solstice
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 03:00:55 PM
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Yeah no thanks.

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Comment #62 by TwiztidDGM
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 03:28:42 PM
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I love Black Flag... one of the best punk rock bands ever.

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Comment #63 by henrikoez
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 04:51:51 PM
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they should drop the IV number, it looks like a spinoff for ACIII...

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Comment #64 by Discofrog
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 05:48:30 PM
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If it's mostly ship related missions, I'm going to pass on this one.

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Comment #65 by beaste9
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 01:46:54 AM
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@64 Agreed, hated those shit things. Also, I agree that this has been announced way too soon especially after all the glitches AC III had it doesn't look very promising. As for the pirate thing, so what? The point is every Assassin has different jobs and roles, so you could easily say, the merchant assassin?!? No it is just an Assassin.

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Comment #66 by zepolman
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 06:14:32 PM
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If I didn't know any better this would look like a AC:III Tie-in only because of the subtitle, but I like the idea of this possible pirate assassin, and it looks like he has blonde hair also.

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Comment #67 by timewarp
Saturday, March 02, 2013 @ 08:10:31 AM
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Yeah, why are some people happy about this? The boat missions sucked.

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Game Info
Ubisoft Montreal


US October 29, 2013
Europe October 29, 2013
Japan November 28, 2013

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1
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