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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Gameplay Trailer Released
The latest trailer from the upcoming Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has been released featuring in-game footage and giving us some details on the game. In addition, new collector’s editions have been announced for the US and Europe.
The trailer, released today, features protagonist Edward Kenway partaking in more fights, piracy and generally hanging out with Blackbeard a fair bit. To distinguish the trailer from the previous ones, much more underwater sections, including plundering sunken treasure and a man being eaten by fish. To round up the gameplay, Ubisoft even took the trouble to include even more scenes featuring whales, in case they hadn’t annoyed PETA enough with their promise of killing whales with harpoons. The graphics shown look very tasty indeed, however the small niggle with the previous games in which enemies attack one by one and not simultaneously is still clearly present. Nonetheless here is the trailer:
Not to leave out any possible way that Ubisoft could entice customers to pre-order so early, they announced five collector’s editions. The first edition is called the ‘Black Island Pack’ and is exclusive to Gamestop in North America. The edition features an extra quest, a ship, special pistols and various multiplayer items. In the UK and Ireland however, four different editions will be available. The largest is the ‘Black Chest’ edition which features and abundance of items, such as a figurine of the protagonist, a black flag replica and more, that collectors can own for what is likely to be a high price and will be exclusive to Ubisoft’s Uplay service. The other three, the ‘Buccaneer’, ‘Skull’ and ‘Special’ Editions are all available from GAME UK and feature fewer items than the first, presumably at decreased prices.
Lastly, a new pre-order bonus, a VIP service for the UK retailers and Uplay, has been announced by Ubi called ‘The Watch’. This will give “exclusive access to additional information, bonus content, rewards and… an exclusive quest designed specifically for VIP members.” The members will also be able to have online discussions, upload content and compare achievements with each other.
With Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag releasing in October, expect more details to drift in soon.