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Contest: Win The Art of Assassin's Creed IV! photo
Contest: Win The Art of Assassin's Creed IV!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners are Blazergamer112, MikeDoesntKnow, and Scield!]

Ahoy! Our mateys at Titan Books have given us three copies of The Art of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag to give out to arrrrr wonderful community! This gorgeous hard-cover features locations and characters from the upcoming high-seas adventure, and you can plunder yourself a copy right now!

To enter, just leave a comment below ya bilge rats! Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Friday, November 1, 2013 at 11:59pm Pacific (that's an ocean!) to enter. The contest is open to anyone in North America (even though we have no high seas here).

Good luck, ye scurvy dogs! (Because pirates.)

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Less is more: Assassin's Creed IV and the modern world photo
Less is more: Assassin's Creed IV and the modern world
by Chris Carter

[Editor's Note: Our copy of Assassin's Creed IV came in late and, as a result, the review by Conrad Zimmerman will be tardy as well. We hope this piece by Chris will help tide you over.]

It turns out Ubisoft made good on its promise to not shove the modern day portion of Assassin's Creed IV down your throat. Throughout my time with the game, there are only a scant few portions that require you to venture outside of the exciting, debauchery-filled life of Edward Kenway, and into the present day.

But you know what? I actually spent a lot more time in it that I had initially planned, because the developers made an interesting call -- they made the real world sub-plot ancillary to the core game. And it was the right choice.

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3:00 AM on 10.29.2013

Assassin's Creed IV hints at future locations in-game

Throughout Assassin's Creed IV you'll have the chance to leave the life of pirate Edward Kenway behind, and explore a giant Abstergo complex in the real world. Periodically, you'll come across cryptic emails, files, and artwo...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 10.26.2013

Sony DLC for ACIV Black Flag & Watch Dogs timed exclusive

Exclusives are never truly exclusives these days. In a recent trailer showcasing the PlayStation 4, a disclaimer seen at the bottom of the Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs portion of the video confirms tha...

Wesley Ruscher

8:30 AM on 10.24.2013

Assassin's Creed Liberation HD hitting the PSN in January

[Update: Ubisoft has officially confirmed January 14th for the PS3, January 15th for the PC, and "Early 2014" for the Xbox 360.] Aveline will get another chance to wow Assassin's Creed fans with the upcoming release Liberati...

Chris Carter

2:00 PM on 10.19.2013

Blackbeard comes to life in this Assassin's Creed IV film

The Internet loves making live-action shorts based on Assassin's Creed, and this new one from Corridor Digital is pretty damn amazing. This one sees the "heroes" of Assassin's Creed IV take on a greedy merchant.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:00 PM on 10.15.2013

AC:IV release dates altered for synchronous global launch

Ubisoft has decided that Europeans shouldn't have to wait any longer than the people in North America to play its upcoming swashbuckling adventure game, so the European release date for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag o...

Brett Makedonski

10:15 AM on 10.10.2013

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag DLC not coming to Wii U

If you're a DLC loving person, you might want to get Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for another platform, as Ubisoft has confirmed that the DLC won't be coming to the Wii U. According to what they told GamesBeat, the Wii U w...

Dale North

6:00 PM on 10.08.2013

How Super Mario 64 influenced Assassin's Creed IV

We've talked a lot about Assassin's Creed IV over the year, and it's not much longer now until the full game is released for all the major platforms. There's a ton of new stuff, so what's director on Black Flag Ashraf Ismail'...

Hamza CTZ Aziz







The open ocean makes Assassin's Creed feel fresh again photo
The open ocean makes Assassin's Creed feel fresh again
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

I recently got to play a solid few hours of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and was able to do whatever I wanted, outside of the select core missions Ubisoft wanted to specifically show off. There was a lot to do, but I wanted to focus specifically the open ocean world and how you'll be interacting with it here.

Why? Because it was easily my favorite new feature for the Assassin's Creed series due to it being something fresh and different. Plus I liked ramming my big ship into tiny little ships because I'm the best pirate ever.

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1:30 PM on 10.08.2013

AC IV is getting a season pass because of course it is

Safe to file under "news that's sure to shock absolutely nobody," Ubisoft has announced that Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will receive a season pass. The season pass, which will go for $20, covers a range of content,...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 AM on 10.05.2013

Assassin's Creed Heritage Collection hits Europe Nov 8

Ubisoft will be releasing a bundle of five Assassin's Creed games for Europe on November 8. The bundle will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Here's what you'll get: Assassin's Creed Assassin's Creed II G...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 PM on 10.03.2013

You'll need a 64-bit OS to play Watch Dogs on PC

[Update: Watch Dogs graphics technical director Sebastien Viard has stated on Twitter that the system specs that went out on the Uplay site and made the rounds today are not correct. The real ones, which are supposed to be lo...

Jordan Devore

3:00 AM on 10.02.2013

Assassin's Creed IV's Lethal Pirate Edition detailed

Not interested in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag's Limited Edition? Well how does the Lethal Pirate Edition fancy you? It's available exclusively through Amazon, and here's what you get for $69.99: Assassin's Creed IV Blac...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Create & share custom matches in AC IV's multiplayer photo
Create & share custom matches in AC IV's multiplayer
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will of course bring back the ever growing multiplayer versus mode, and like always, we can expect plenty of new content. New maps and characters are a given, but the biggest surprise with this iteration is Game Lab, a feature that lets you create your own modes.

You're able to take any of the six existing game modes and make it your own. There's up to 200 parameters you can change, everything from a match's time limit, turning off stuns, enforcing melee kills only, etc. From here players can share these custom modes with others, and if a mode gains a lot of popularity then Ubisoft will add it to the public playlist for all to enjoy.

There's a ton of different things that players can alter, even going as far as making the versus mode near identical to Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood's multiplayer mode that fans are still playing to this day.

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Assassin's Creed IV will take at least 50 hours to 100% photo
Assassin's Creed IV will take at least 50 hours to 100%
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Assassin's Creed IV it truly an open world experience. There's so much to do, a ton of things to explore, and it's all happening in a near seamless sandbox. I had to know just how long it would take a player to 100% the game, and as I feared, I don't have nowhere near the time to please my OCD nature with this one.

I asked Ashraf Ismail, director on Assassin's Creed IV, how long it would take and he told me that "one guy in the office actually did it two weeks ago for the first time. He got a 100% sync, which was mind blowing. This was one of our testers, so imagine he's a tester who knows the game really well. He's been working on the game for a year and a half. From zero to a hundred on one build [of the game], it took him 48/49 hours. The thing is, he knew what he was doing is the crazy part."

Nearly 50 hours for a guy who knows the game like the back of his hand. Wow. For the rest of us that are not as familiar with the game like this tester is, Ashraf estimates that it will take anywhere from 60 to 80 hours to get a 100% sync. 

Don't worry though. For the core storyline, it will take you roughly 20 hours to complete that. Still, beyond the story there's all sorts of side missions, the whole open naval combat, all sorts of hidden things to find -- There's a lot, suffice to say. There's even a throwback to Altaïr's ultimate armor from Assassins' Creed II. You'll find a couple of ultimate-like armors that you'll want, and to get them you'll have a bunch of side activities to engage in.

So yeah, 50 to 80 hours. And that's not even factoring how much time you'll invest in the multiplayer, or even the free companion app for mobile devices.

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