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Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag gameplay trailer, collector editions revealed

Monday, 25 March 2013 17:00 GMT By Dave Cook

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag has received its first gameplay trailer, along with a list of collector edition bundles and a VIP pass called “The Watch” that are heading to retailers near you.

In a release sent to VG247 today, Ubisoft confirmed that the PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U and Xbox 360 editions of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag would each receive collector edition bundles.

Pre-order customers will also gain access to “The Watch”, a VIP programme that gives players a special activation code that unlocks bonus content. UK and Ireland players can only get the code from can only get this code from Game, Amazon and GameStop and direct from Uplay.

VIPs will get a special bonus mission, extra rewards and access to an exclusive social hub where you can chat about the game, compare achievements and more. You can check out the Assassin’s Creed: The Watch hub here.

You can also pre-order a limited Edward Kenway: The Assassin Pirate figurine on Uplay from today, ahead of its October release. Buying the figure will also net you a DLC code for bonus in-game weapons and skins.

Now then, those collector editions are as follows:

The Black Chest Edition (Uplay exclusive)check out the product page here.

  • Premium Quality 55 cm Diorama of Captain Edward on the Jackdaw’s Bow
  • Exclusive SteelBook
  • High-quality artbook
  • The official soundtrack
  • 2 Lithographs in their protective envelope
  • 2 canvas prints
  • All existing additional Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Unlockable In-Game Content, including single player missions, skins and weapons
  • Collector’s box
  • Physical pirate booty: Parchment world map, an original Black Flag replica

The Buccaneer Edition (exclusive to Game in the UK and Gamestop in Ireland)

  • Premium Quality Edward Kenway Figurine on the Jackdaw’s Crow’s Nest
  • High-quality artbook
  • The official soundtrack
  • 2 Lithographs in their protective envelope
  • Collector’s box
  • Additional Unlockable In-game Content

The Skull Edition (available across the UK)

  • Collector Jumbo Steel Case
  • High-quality artbook
  • The official soundtrack
  • 2 Lithographs in their protective envelope
  • Unlockable In-game Content

The Special Edition (exclusive to Game in the UK and Xtravision in Ireland)

  • This special edition will be available at the standard price and includes unlockable in-game content only available at game launch.

That’s a nickel and dime proposition if ever I saw one. Now then what you really came for, the new gameplay trailer:

What do you think?

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30 Comments

  1. YoungZer0

    Meh.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 American McGee, is that you?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. SlayerGT

    @2 Ha! :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. theevilaires

    I know they’re milking the crap out of this franchise but you have to admit these trailers make you want to keep buying them. I’m still on Brotherhood. Does anyone know if I can skip it and go to Revelations because Brotherhood seems like MGS VR missions to me, not a true sequel. I need to catch up badly.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. dex3108

    Raphael Lacoste did amazing job again as Art Director :D

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Max Payne

    @4 I think everyone would agree that Brotherhood was better than Revelations

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Cozzy

    Oooh this is looking good. I’m a sucker for this series, loved AC3, even with its many flaws. Don’t know what it is, just love the games.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. theevilaires

    Thanks Max Payne I guess no skipping for me.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. deathm00n

    @8 Skip Revelations, the worst game of the series to me.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. polygem

    played the first one. thought it´s ok but not that great. havent finished it. just lost interest. started the second. never finished it. never touched an asscreed game since. thinking about getting the vita one. i know it´s not the best assassins creed out there but could be a great adventure game if you´re on a (business) trip and alone in your hotel room. sniff.
    that said, trailer looked pretty good actually…i mean it has pirates AND sharks!

    #10 2 years ago
  11. YoungZer0

    @2: http://goo.gl/rlge8

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Edo

    The game looks good I guess,but this exclusive content bullshit needs to die as soon as possible.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Moonwalker1982

    Great colours, cool location but i bet it will play exactly the same as the previous ones and thats not a good thing in my book.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. theevilaires

    Yea one thing about this gen that is slightly missing between games and film is the gameplay animations. I hope next gen character animations will be super fluid and more life like.

    You can tell a big different in Watch Dogs to this.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. ItsFade

    Assassin’s Creed games are such a tease, they always look awesome pre-release and then you sit down and play them only to realize well this isn’t what I wanted, no not at all.

    I enjoy the series for what it’s worth and if it lives up to the pre-release buzz for once (which the series hasn’t done since Assassin’s Creed 2 in my opinion) it could be an awesome game. Open world pirate game that takes the best aspect from Assassin’s Creed 3 (the ship stuff) you could have some real good stuff brewing.

    TL;DR Please don’t fuck it up again Ubisoft I want to love this game.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. SlayerGT

    @15 exactly how I feel. Anyone know if AC2 was made by one studio or the now relied on Ubi multi studios?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. The_Red

    I also feel American McGee.

    The graphics are decent but not good enough for the next-gen AC (PS3/360 versions are obviously gonna look worse than this vid) while the gameplay is pretty much the same. It has come to a point that I kinda hate the combat system.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. drewbles82

    These should be every 2 yrs. Far too soon for another game, I havent even finished revlations but thats cuz i have tons of games, dont spend all my time play COD. To be a teen again would be awesome, all that free time to play games

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Bomba Luigi

    @18: Just wait, one day your are old enough to stop working ^^

    So, the Game… on the one Side, I’m very tired of AC Games. But then, I am big Fan of Pirates, and I want a good Pirate Game so badly.
    Don’t know what to do with this Game for now, need more Information.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. TheWulf

    Does anyone else get the feeling that they were developing something else, and then that got pulled out of development just so they could tack the Assassin’s Creed IP onto it? It just feels that way. And that seems completely pointless because pirates are popular enough to sell things by their own merits.

    But no, soulless shilling of IPs and all that. That this is Assassin’s Creed just makes it so, so much worse for me. If it had been a new IP, I could have been perhaps interested.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. monkeygourmet

    @20

    I think they spent a shit load on creating Naval warefare in AC3, and needed to re-use some assets! :)

    But, this soooooo should have been a new IP.

    It could have been the start of a great new franchise if the AC name wasn’t plastered all over it, a huge missed oppertunity in my book.

    @Topic

    Man, im sick to death of that stupid ass Hood he always wears… I know it’s become the AC ‘trademark’ look, but it’s become dated really quickly.

    I used to think the hood looked quite cool, but in the last 2 games it looks f’ing awful. This being the most stand out example.

    He’s a pirate but he looks like a complete twat. Def should have been a new IP, and a new look, maybe even have a player creation system and introduce some RPG stuff?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. ItsFade

    @21

    I agree and I hope the game will include some costumes which doesn’t use the hood similar to some of the costumes in Assassin’s Creed 3. It looked particularly silly in Assassin’s Creed 3 I thought, the point of the hood in the first place was to look inconspicuous and blend with the crowd.

    This is something which made sense in 11th century Acre filled with monks during Assassin’s Creed 1 but in 18th century Boston it looked more out of place and jarring than anything else really. If anything it made Connor stand out far more in a crowd and it looks to be the same here with Edward.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. monkeygourmet

    @22

    Exactly, it was supposed to be about blending in, now it just makes you look like a douche bag.

    I couldn’t even play AC3. I didn’t realise you could wear new outfits though, that slightly redeems it! :)

    It’s weird, Ubi seem to feel that the hood needs to stay otherwise the brand is lost…

    Even Mario has a bigger choice of outfits! ;)

    #23 2 years ago
  24. YoungZer0

    @21: You’d think something like a hood would be minor, but it really isn’t I’m getting fucking sick of it. I totally agree, a new franchise would at least allow the characters to look different. This is just stupid. And I think we all know that the secret costumes will look worse.

    AC3 had so many atrocious costumes, I just went back to the standard costume.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. YoungZer0

    @22: What I don’t get is how you couldn’t use the costume Connor was wearing in one of the missions you do with his father. Why can’t you keep it? I mean it really lets you blend in with the crowd.

    They should introduce some sort of clothing mechanic like in Hitman.

    @23: It’s the cover. You’d think that people read ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and recognize it by name, but no, apparently not. I bet it’s marketing getting in the way of creative people again.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. ItsFade

    @23 AC3 had some silly outfits, one of them made Connor almost look like Jack Sparrow heh and this one I can’t even explain.

    @24
    Agreed, would be it so hard for them to just include something which didn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. YoungZer0

    Jesus, why did you have to post those pictures? My eyes. They are burning.

    I can’t imagine that there are people out there that payed good money to get the Colonial Outfit DLC.

    Remember when Connors Mentor told him that he can’t call himself by his native name, because people wouldn’t like that? Next thing you know, Connor is wearing indian clothes. =_=”

    … god the game was such a trainwreck.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. ItsFade

    @25 Most definitely wish they would let you use that costume after the mission as it looked perfectly in line with colonial Boston.

    @27 I thought the one in the DLC expansion looks downright hilarious.
    Connor: I’m spanish bro, no need to worry.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. sb319

    Leftovers from ACIII hastily knocked into something vaguely releasable. Disappointing.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. YoungZer0

    @28: Yep, loved the costume. It even has some space to hide weapons.

    Say what you want about the new DLC, but at least the costumes makes some sense, as Connor never met his mentor, never lost his mother and never had any reason to walk around in ‘modern’ clothes. Still the animal hoody is stupid and it’s rather ridiculous that he runs around half naked, considering he’s mostly running through thick snow.

    Should’ve worn his mohawk. Best part about the game.

    @29: Somehow I think ACIII is the leftover we got.

    #30 2 years ago

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    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]