It’s that time of year and Assassin’s Creed is upon us once again, with Black Flag readying to unleash piratey goodness for fans of the (mostly) historical series. It was only a year ago that players were getting excited about the arrival of Native American Connor Kenway. Now, the game’s industry is readying itself for the docking of his Grandfather, Edward.
While the game is creeping up on fans pretty swiftly, for those outside of the United States it is coming even faster. Originally slated for November 1, the international release of the game has been brought forward two days to October 29. This push comes the same day as news of Watch Dogs being delayed a few more months.
Perhaps Ubisoft is pushing Assassin’s Creed 4 forward simply to match the international date with the North American release, for a larger worldwide impact and to ease the pain of the Watch Dogs delay.
Ubisoft also released a new story trailer highlighting Edward Kenway, his lifestyle and his motivations. That and a whole bunch of swashbuckling debauchery:
This is one in a string of new trailers promoting the game. The marketing campaign for Black Flag has been extensive with gameplay trailers, launch trailers, original story trailers, trailers with tattoos, trailers covering history, the list goes on. Even with all this material, the story surrounding Kenway’s association with the assassins, how he becomes one himself and his reasons for doing so still remains secretly veiled.
This new trailer does seem to draw a firm line between Kenway’s life as a pirate and his life as an assassin. There did seem to be a forcing of two foreign concepts together when it was announced Assassin’s Creed 4 would embrace a pirate theme. Indulging players in the glamorized pirate lifestyle of sloppy, fearsome, loud and drunken excess while making them also play as silent, well-honed assassins at the same time seemed to be a clash of ideas. After this trailer, it’s not a stretch to think Kenway gives up his unconscionable lifestyle to take up that famous white hood worn by many before.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag releases on PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 on October 29, 2013. It will also be available on PC November 19, 2013, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on their respective launches.