Ubisoft formally announced "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag" on Monday including the news that the title will be available on next-gen consoles. The first screenshots and concept art for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox 720, Wii U and PC title were also released.
"Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag" is currently in development at Ubisoft Montreal with support from five different Ubisoft studios in Annecy, Bucharest, Kiev, Quebec, Singapore and Sofia. The game is currently scheduled for a Oct. 29, 2013 release for the current-gen PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U consoles along with the PC. The next-gen PS4 and Xbox 720 release dates will likely be announced once the release dates for those consoles have been revealed.
Ubisoft promises a "vast open world" in "Black Flag" with "more than 50 navigable locations." The combat system of previous "Assassin's Creed" games return but with weapons from the golden age of piracy. We can already guess at some some of what's in store based on the new assassin being loaded down with multiple musket pistols.
Here's the official description of the game from Ubisoft.
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates.
“With the new hero and new setting we are creating the boldest and most unique Assassin’s Creed game yet, while still respecting the pillars of the franchise that have made it such a fan favorite,” said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is based on a true, harsh and exciting part of a legendary era and will thrill longtime fans and newcomers alike.”
Via: Press Release