Major announcements and product releases are like clockwork. Just as Apple releases new models of their products annually, video game publishers launch their flagship franchises around the same time each year, usually in time for the holiday shopping season. When news broke earlier today that Ubisoft's "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag" trailer leaked on YouTube, it got many excited and raised eyebrows at the same time. It was exactly one year ago the first images and details from "Assassin's Creed III" leaked. Was this trailer really "leaked," or was it part of Ubisoft's marketing scheme? Whatever the case, the game looks nothing short of incredible. Like its predecessor, we will no doubt get a closer look at PAX East later this month.
The trailer sets up the time period and theme of the game, but doesn't reveal a great deal of details. As the title implies, "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag" takes us to a time when pirates ruled the seas. It opens with infamous pirate, Blackbeard, telling the tale of a man who is even more renown and feared than he himself. With Blackbeard as a major character, we can assume the game will take place around the time European countries were busy settling in the Caribbean, a time period often portrayed in other pirate games and movies. The man he is speaking of is obviously our assassin protagonist, Captain Edward Kenway. Typical to the series, he is a fairly young man, though blond-haired. It is clear that the game will expand on naval warfare, allowing players to board and pillage ships in real-time, but Blackbeard admits the assassin is as formidable by land (something we already know).
We also know that the game is set for an October 29 release (right on schedule with the "Assassin's Creed III" release on October 30, 2012) and will be available on PC, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.