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[INFO] Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Information Thread

 

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NEWS
 
2.14 - 2.16 - "The Renegades" Multiplayer Community Event
 
The Renegades Event
 
Prove that you’re a true Renegade during this weekend’s multiplayer event!  
 
During the event players will play in the Deathmatch and Wanted modes, where you'll be able to play on all maps, including the night versions.  All players will also get to experience the new Kingston and Charlestown maps, for free.
 
Read more about the announcement on the Ubisoft AC4 blog, here. 
 
 
2.11 - "Guild of Rogues" Multiplayer Character Pack #2 DLC out now.
 
Guild of Rogues
 
Guild of Rogues contains three new fearsome contenders who will keep you on your toes. The Siren, a ferocious and terrifying spirit. The Stowaway an agile fighter, quick with a flintlock. And the Shaman, a man driven by forces beyond the mortal realm. This DLC character pack is available for $2.99 and is available for Season Pass holders.
 
Read more about the announcement on the Ubisoft AC4 blog, here.

 

 
 
2.5. - "Freedom Cry" DLC Announced as Standalone Game
 
Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry, originally released as a DLC add-on to Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, is launching on 2.18.2014 as a standalone game for PS3 and PS4. Now’s the perfect time to set sail as a master assassin!
 
Read more about the announcement, here.

 

 

 

OVERVIEW

 

If there is one thing that isn't in short supply it's the sheer amount of information that Ubisoft has given us on their newest Assassin's Creed game. I'm personally a huge fan of the franchise and with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag having been officially released on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, I wanted to round up as much information as I could and share it with everyone. If you find something else to include, or just want to leave your thoughts on the game, be sure to leave a reply below.

 

 

Genre: Action, Adventure

Supported Players: 1-8

Publisher: Ubisoft

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal (lead), Ubisoft Quebec, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Sofia, Ubisoft Singapore.

Out: 10.29.2013 (PS3); 11.12.2013 (PS4)

ERSB Game Rating: M (Mature 17+)

Digital Download Size: PS3, 10.0 GB; PS4, Currently Unknown.

Suggested Manufacturer's Retail Price:

  • US$ 59.99 Standard Edition
  • US$ 79.99 Gold Edition (PSN Store Exclusive Bundle)
  • US$ 129.99 Limited Edition

Box Art:

 

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Assassin's Creed Websites

 

Official Sites:

 

Social Media: 

  • Tumblr
    • assassinscreed.tumblr.com
    • blackflagtimeline.tumblr.com - Under The Black Flag: One of the coolest social media efforts by Ubisoft has been a secondary Tumblr feed that they created to showcase the real history of pirates during the time that Black Flag takes place.

 

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History Lesson

 

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Single Player Mode

 

    • A BRASH REBEL ASSASSIN – Become Edward Kenway, a charismatic yet brutal pirate captain, trained by Assassins. Edward can effortlessly switch between the Hidden Blade of the Assassin’s Order and all new weaponry including four flintlock pistols and dual cutlass swords.
    • EXPLORE AN OPEN WORLD FILLED WITH OPPORTUNITIES – Discover the most diverse Assassin’s Creed® world ever created. From Kingston to Nassau, explore 75 unique locations where you can live the life of a pirate, including:
      • Loot underwater shipwrecks
      • Assassinate enemies in blossoming cities
      • Hunt for rare animals in untamed jungles
      • Search for treasure in lost ruins
      • Escape to hidden coves 
    • BECOME THE MOST FEARED PIRATE IN THE CARIBBEAN – Command your ship, the Jackdaw, and strike fear in all who see her. Plunder and pillage to upgrade the Jackdaw with ammunition and equipment needed to fight off enemy ships. The ship’s improvements are critical to Edward’s progression through the game. Attack and seamlessly board massive galleons, recruit sailors to join your crew and embark on an epic and infamous adventure.
    • EXPERIENCE THE GRITTY REALITY BEHIND THE PIRATE FANTASY – Stand amongst legendary names such as Blackbeard and Benjamin Hornigold, as you establish a lawless Republic in the Bahamas and relive the truly explosive events that defined the Golden Age of Pirates.

 

The campaign for Assassin's Creed IV was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, with over 900 people working on it across seven offices.

 

Memory Sequences:
The main story campaign consists of 13 memory sequences that take place in the past and 4 breaks from the Animus taking place in present day at Abstergo Entertainment, where the executives are hard at work at making their next blockbuster based on pirates. The pirate sequences take place in the early 1700's, before the events of Assassin's Creed III; however, the events in present day take place after the events that took place in present day in Assassin's Creed III.

 

 

 

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A New Assassin:

Into this world sails a young, cocky, and fearsome captain named Edward Kenway. His skill with a sword and disdain for authority earn him the respect of pirate legends like Blackbeard, but thrust him into an ancient conflict that threatens to destroy everything the pirates have built.

 

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Take to the seas on your Whale Boat to hunt various shark and whale species. Use their skin and bones to craft various upgrades.

 

Edward Kenway Story Trailer:


Edward Kenway: A Pirate Trained By Assassins:
 

 

 

Other Characters:

One of the things I've always liked about the Assassin's Creed franchise is how the games use actual history as a foundation and then proceeds to intertwine fiction with historical fact. Black Flag is no different, and several historical pirates make an appearance in Black Flag, including:

  • Anne Bonney
  • Benjamin Hornigold
  • Blackbeard
  • Calico Jack
  • Charles Vane
  • Mary Read
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Multiplayer

 

Play with your friends in the ruthless and critically acclaimed multiplayer experience. Choose from an eclectic cast of characters from the Golden Age of Pirates and fight to the death in exotic locations.

 

While the single player campaign was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, the multiplayer experience was developed by Ubisoft Annecy, which is located in eastern France.

 

Multiplayer Trailer:

 

 

Previous Multiplayer Events:

  • "Under Control" 
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11.1 - 11.3.2013:  Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag’s First Multiplayer Event: Under Control
Update: Event has concluded and the Community Goal was Reached!
 

Starting this Friday and through the entire weekend, join the Assassin’s Creed multiplayer community in “Under Control”, the first of a series of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag multiplayer events where you will work together with your fellow Assassins and Templars to get everyone special in-game prizes!

 

For “Under Control”, you will need to play Domination games and pile up territory captures with our most aristocratic characters: the Huntsman, the Puppeteer, the Dandy and the Duelist. For the uninitiated, Domination games will have you and your team working together to capture territories and defend them from the opposing team to score. The team who fills the scoring gauge or obtains the highest score at the end of the countdown wins.

 

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For this first multiplayer event, Ubisoft will be providing community objectives to get in-game prizes. Starting Friday, you can check out the events section in-game to find out what the current community objectives are. Outside of the community objectives, you’ll find a number of things you can win even before reaching the community objective. For instance, you get a unique title just for participating and an exclusive in-game profile picture if you reach the individual objective (15 territories captured).

 

However, the grand prize will by unlocked when the whole PS3 community achieves the community objective. Ubi will then release exclusive classy white Assassin costumes for the four characters aforementioned, and you will be able to use them anytime and anywhere you want in the entire multiplayer! 

 

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They’re also curious to get your thoughts and feedback on the event as it’s happening. Those who participated in the event, AND left their feedback in this thread will receive a set of exclusive Assassin’s Creed IV avatars. PlayStation will be sending these to you by voucher code via XMB message, as well as to your email no later than 11/23.

 

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  •  The Flying Dutchman
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Since our first Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag multiplayer event, Under Control, we’ve seen the AC4 community continue to grow. So we’ve got a new one: The Flying Dutchman!

 

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Starting this Friday, 11/29 and going through Sunday, 12/1, assassins across the community will compete to capture Artifacts and bring them back to their base in a special Artifact Assault mode (we’ve got the breakdown on the specific rules below). During the duration of the event, you’ll be provided with objectives to complete, and each of these objectives will unlock exclusive content.

In this event, Artifact Assault mode will deactivate melee kills, so your only way to kill will be to take aim with the deadly pistol. Team play is mandatory to deliver the artifact to your base, so strategize to support your carrier using Sabotage, and prevent your enemies from using their ranged Pistol attacks!

 

In addition to the new mode, you’ll have specific objectives with their own rewards to challenge yourself with. Some are individual goals, and others are a wider community goal; check out the breakdown below:

 
Individual Goal - Capture an Artifact while using the Glimmer ability (6 times)
Individual Reward - 1 Patron Picture for each playable character

 

Participation Goal - Complete a session in the event playlist
Participation Reward - Achieve the title “The Flying Dutchman”

 

Community Reward - Unlock these exclusive Assassin costumes by reaching the community objective. Find out what the community objectives are by logging in to Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag.

 

Helpful tip! Remember that abilities’ cooldown will be very short and chase breakers will be deactivated, so carrying an Artifact will be much harder. As a carrier, you won’t be able to escape the whole opponent team so anticipate your path and rely on your teammates to protect you.

 

Gather your team and be ready on November 29th to dive into the second Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag multiplayer event!

  •  Takeover
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12.13 - 12.15 - "Takeover" Event
 

To celebrate the release of the new Blackbeard’s Wrath DLC, Join the multiplayer community this weekend, December 13th - 15th in the new "Takeover" event*. Enter Wanted mode on two exclusive maps – Plantation and Fort Saint Mathieu – and play as one of our three new DLC characters! Rewards for completing the objectives in this event include the unique title “The Pirate Legend.”

 

Takeover Event

  •  Uncertain Alliances
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1.17 - 1.19.2014 - "Uncertain Alliances" Multiplayer Event / PS Exclusive Double XP Weekend 
 
Uncertain Alliances
 
Find out more information in the Announcement thread, here.

 

 

 

 

 

Session Types:

  • Adversarial
    • Assassinate - Identify, acquire and kill the Target of your choice. Avoid being killed by other Players. Performing quality kills will boost your Score.
    • ManhuntEach team has a round being the Pursuer and a round being the Tagret. As a Persuer you must work with your Team to kill your Targets. As a Target you must hide with your Team to survive.
    • Artifact Assult - Work with your team to Steal the opposing team's Artifact and carry it back to your base to score. Defend your Artifact to prevent the opposing team from Scoring.
    • Domination - Work together to capture territories and defend them from the opposing team to score. The first team to fill or have the greater scoring gauge wins.
    • Wanted - Find and kill assigned Targets and avoid being killed by your Persuers. The higher your rank the more pursuers will hunt you.
  • Wolfpack- Work together to Kill the designated Targets. Coordinate with your Teammates to maximize your score and reach the Score threshold before the end of the Sequence countdown.
    • Maps - La Havana, Prison, Palenque, Portobelo, Santa Lucia, Saint-Pierre, Saba Island, Tampa Bay
  • Game Lab - Join public GAME LAB matches based on popular configuarations created by other players and hand selected by the Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Multiplayer team.

 

Abilities: As you level up in MP, you'll be able to unlock and upgrade new abilities.

  • Disguise
  • Money Bomb
  • Time Phase
  • Decoy
  • Morph
  • Firecrackers
  • Tripwire Bomb
  • Bodyguard
  • Booby Trap
  • Glimmer
  • Wipe
  • Animus Shield
  • Teleport
  • Poison
  • Smoke Bomb

Booby Trap: There is a new ability in Black Flag, known as the "Booby Trap" -- an ability that can be used on doors, lifts, platforms or corner helpers (as known as “chasebreakers” in the game). Booby traps take a few moments to arm (just like tripwire bombs) and will explode and kill your opponents (pursuers and targets) if they trigger them.

 

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Additionally, a new multiplayer mode is included, called "Game Lab"-- which gives players the ability to customize games down to smallest detail.

As Digital Trends reported: "Players can set the overall specifics to however they want, but it goes beyond broad strokes like choosing the number of players, types of weapons, and timers; it allows players to change the minutia of the game." “We haven’t changed the core, but we’ve improved everything, the presentation, making it [easier] to pick up and play, effectively, but keeping the core elements."

 

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PlayStation Exclusive Content

 

The PS3 and PS4 versions of Black Flag come with 60 minutes of bonus in-game content, where you'll play as Aveline.

 

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Videos

 

There are a ton of videos that have been released for Black Flag. Embedded below is the AC 4 101 Trailer, as it gives a quick overview of pretty much everything in the game, along with the PAX Prime Panel session video, but keep in mind that there are a ton of other videos that Ubi has uploaded to their YouTube account in addition to the ones I've featured in this thread. I definitely recommend taking a peek as the videos really give a good indication of what the game will be like. 

 

Assassin's Creed 4: 101 Trailer
 
 
PAX Prime Panel
 

 

 

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DLC Season Pass

 

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The Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag Season Pass gives you all-in-one access to a new 3+ hour single-player story featuring Adewale, an ex-slave turned Assassin, the exclusive Kraken Ship Pack, plus multiplayer characters and much more! Get all of this for only $19.99, a 20% savings off the individual pack prices.

 

 

  • "Freedom Cry" All New Single-Player Story - Unleash the fury of Adéwalé’s machete in Freedom Cry, a new single-player episode of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag coming to PlayStation Store tomorrow! Fifteen years after the events of Assassin’s Creed IV, the former first mate of the Jackdaw and trained Assassin Adéwalé finds himself embroiled in a battle to free slaves in Haiti. More info on the PlayStation Blog...
 

 

 

 

 
  • Multiplayer Character Pack 1 "Blackbeard's Wrath" - Ready for another sea-worthy challenge? The "Blackbeard's Wrath" pack contains three new fearsome contenders who will keep you on your toes: The Jaguar, a good and mighty Aztec Templar Blackbeard, the most feared pirate of the seven seas The Orchid, the stone-hearted pirate queen. Test your abilities by engaging in countless battles against these cold-blooded champions. 
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  • Exclusive Kraken Ship PackOnly available to Season Pass owners, this pack includes a sail, wheel, and figurehead inspired by the legendary sea monsters known for swallowing ships, men and whales.
  • A Deeper Single-Player Experience - More of what you love – Single-player missions, weapons, skins, and collectibles for Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag.
  • More Multiplayer Mayhem - Unlock new characters for an even more expansive multiplayer experience.
  • Save 20% Over the individual downloadable pack prices.
  • Automatic Next-Gen Upgrade - Buy the season pass on PlayStation®3 system and you’ll automatically get season pass access on PlayStation®4 system.
 
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Preorder Bonus DLC

 

 Below are the preorder bonuses that were available for purchasing Black Flag from participating retailers before release.

 

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  • GameStop: Black Island Pack
  • Amazon: Hidden Mystery Pack (Optional $10 upgrade to Lethal Pirate Edition).
  • Walmart: Sacrificed Secrets Pack
  • Best Buy: Lost Treasures Pack
  • Target: Trove of Mystery Pack
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FAQ

 

  • Can I upgrade my PS3 version of Black Flag to the PS4 version? Yes! You'll be able to obtain the PS4 version digitally through the PSN store for $9.99 if you have purchased either the physical disk version or PSN digital version, but only for a limited time (until 3/31/2014). Keep in mind that you'll need to keep your physical disk copy if you upgrade that version, as it acts as the key to verify the PS4 upgrade copy each time you play. More information on the PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4 Digital Upgrade Program can be found here.

 

  • Can I buy a Day1Digital version through the PSN Store? Yes, here are some links:  

 

 

  • Will my game saves, trophies, and individual DLC carry over from PS3 to PS4? Nope, according to UK Ubisoft Forum Manager Mr_Shade, "The PlayStation®3 saved games, trophies and individual downloadable content, other ULC and pre-order content will not be carried across. However, owning the Season Pass on PlayStation® 3 will grant access to the corresponding downloadable content on PlayStation® 4."
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Re: [INFO THREAD] Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

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Thanks for all the useful info I didn't even know about the extra single-player chapters. I have a question regarding the PS4 Update Program. Maybe this is not the correc thread to ask but, here it goes anyway. Will the pre-order DLC I get for my AC IV for PS3 carry over to my AC IV for PS4 when I update?

 

Also I would like to know if both games will share a same trophy set.

 

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Thanks for all the useful info I didn't even know about the extra single-player chapters. I have a question regarding the PS4 Update Program. Maybe this is not the correc thread to ask but, here it goes anyway. Will the pre-order DLC I get for my AC IV for PS3 carry over to my AC IV for PS4 when I update?

 

Also I would like to know if both games will share a same trophy set.

 

Thanks!


According to the UK Ubisoft forum manager, individual DLC will not carry over, but only the Season Pass content. Other bad news included as well... such as game saves and trophies not being carried over.

 

"The PlayStation®3 saved games, trophies and individual downloadable content, other ULC and pre-order content will not be carried across. However, owning the Season Pass on PlayStation® 3 will grant access to the corresponding downloadable content on PlayStation® 4."

 

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Re: [INFO THREAD] Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

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Holandes_Volador wrote:

Thanks for all the useful info I didn't even know about the extra single-player chapters. I have a question regarding the PS4 Update Program. Maybe this is not the correc thread to ask but, here it goes anyway. Will the pre-order DLC I get for my AC IV for PS3 carry over to my AC IV for PS4 when I update?

 

Also I would like to know if both games will share a same trophy set.

 

Thanks!


No the trophy lists are not shared so you can earn a Plat on both the PS3 and PS4 version. Pre order DLC will not carry over. The only save file progress that will carry over is your multiplayer data.

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Thanks for putting all this info into one place. I'm pumped for this game.

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Thanks fot clearing that up for me ck2875 and Mercenary09. This is both good news and bad news since I am planning on getting the PS4 version of the game but I don't want to wait 15 more days for it to come out and besides I'm going to the US in hopes of getting my PS4 because here in my country console prices are going to be sky high so I don't know if I'm going to be able to play it. But hey, I'm getting the statue either way :smileytongue:

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Re: [INFO THREAD] Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

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Thanks fot clearing that up for me ck2875 and Mercenary09. This is both good news and bad news since I am planning on getting the PS4 version of the game but I don't want to wait 15 more days for it to come out and besides I'm going to the US in hopes of getting my PS4 because here in my country console prices are going to be sky high so I don't know if I'm going to be able to play it. But hey, I'm getting the statue either way :smileytongue:


Yea enjoy the game! I'm excited to play AC4 but i'm holding off to get the PS4 version. I'm getting the statue with mine too! Got all the other statues from the past games so it will fit right in with them.

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Me too... I have the american limited edition AC2 Ezio, Ezio with the grey outfit from AC Revelations (bought it separately), Connor from the AC3 limited edition and Connor shooting an arrow from a tree (also bought separately). I also have the stupid jack in the box from Brotherhood, I'm only missing Ezio from the AC2 Black Edition but there's no way I'm getting that. It's insanely expensive now.

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I was probably going to pass over this game if it was not for Watch Dogs being delayed. It looks really good though and I do have it pre ordered now. 

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