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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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    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]