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11:00 AM on 09.30.2013

Leave the Animus whenever you want in Assassin's Creed IV

The Assassin's Creed series has gone from exploring the Third Crusade, hanging out in 15th Century Florence, fighting in the American Revolution, to now sailing the Caribbeans as a pirate. All this is thanks to the Animus, a ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 AM on 09.27.2013

Get acquainted with Assassin's Creed IV's infamous cast

We've had a fair bit of introduction to Edward Kenway, the protagonist of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, but there's a lot of pirating to get done, and he won't be able to do it all alone. Ubisoft's newest trailer familiar...

Brett Makedonski

4:00 PM on 09.19.2013

Sony details PS3-to-PS4 game upgrade process

My gut reaction to the news that certain games would be "upgradable" to their next-generation counterparts, whether that be on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, was that the savings had better be significant. And they are! If you bu...

Jordan Devore

7:00 AM on 09.13.2013

Look at all these shiny next-gen balls

Hey look! Another trailer for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Mmmmm, can you taste that? Saturation! Actually this trailer is cool in that it shows all the next-gen tech behind the game. The ocean technology is shown off, a...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





4:00 AM on 09.10.2013

Assassin's Creed: Pirates brings naval combat to mobile

Assassin's Creed: Pirates is a mobile game not to be confused with the free companion app that will be tied in with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. This is an actual game that has no direct tie-in with the console/PC versio...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:30 AM on 09.10.2013

Assassin's Creed Liberation HD coming to PSN, XBLA, PC

That's right! The Vita darling is going all HD for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC early 2014. Development started shortly after the Vita release thanks to how the fan base reacted so positively to it after the E3 reveal...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 PM on 08.27.2013

Watch ships blow up things in Assassin's Creed IV

Our latest look at Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag shows off some of the naval fort gameplay. Here you have to use your ship to take out other ships, and more importantly, take out the naval forts. Once you weaken the defens...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:30 PM on 08.26.2013

Ubisoft bringing six games and new competition to PAX

PAX Prime is just a mere four days away. Where has the time gone? As people flock to the Emerald City by the tens of thousands, companies are revealing their plans for the convention. Today, Ubisoft announced that it's showca...

Brett Makedonski

1:00 PM on 08.22.2013

Stick to the shadows in this Assassin's Creed IV trailer

Edward Kenway is a pirate, but that doesn't mean that he needs to turn everything into an ostentatious affair. No, sometimes it's more efficient to move like a cat stalking its prey, waiting for the perfect opportunity to st...

Brett Makedonski



Hands-on with Assassinís Creed IV: Black Flag photo
Hands-on with Assassinís Creed IV: Black Flag
by Alessandro Fillari

The Assassin’s Creed franchise has seen some pretty bizarre events occur. From off the wall historical conspiracies, conducting time travel by way of DNA, and ancient precursors looking to destroy humanity; it's amazing to see how they manage to up the ante with each game. Even after the third numbered entry’s seemingly conclusive finale, Ubisoft have got no plans to stop their best selling franchise now.

Just prior to Gamescom, Ubisoft invited Destructoid out to their San Francisco office to play the latest build of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Along with a new setting, main character, and storyline, this new entry has some bold plans for the franchise. And judging by my hands-on time, Black Flag looks to be the series’ most open-ended and innovative title to date.

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1:40 PM on 08.20.2013

Upgrade from PS3 to PS4, save on select games

When you buy blockbuster games like Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV, or Watch Dogs on PlayStation 3 and decide that you want to own them again but on PS4 -- who are you people? -- you'll be able to sa...

Jordan Devore



Ubisoft's Southeast Asian outpost, Ubisoft Singapore photo
Ubisoft's Southeast Asian outpost, Ubisoft Singapore
by Dale North

The sweltering, tropical city-state of Singapore is home to one of Ubisoft's branch studios, Ubisoft Singapore. This is the studio behind the naval combat segments of Assassin's Creed III, and those went over so well that they're now working on several aspects of Assassin's Creed IV's open-world gameplay, including the water tech, underwater exploration, naval battles, and awesome shark harpooning

We had the pleasure of visiting Singapore to learn more about this studio, its staff, and the fascinating city itself. I enjoyed the visit so much that I wanted to share a bit more about the studio and city.

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Exploring the depths of the ocean in Assassin's Creed IV photo
Exploring the depths of the ocean in Assassin's Creed IV
by Dale North

Water is usually a background element in action/adventure games. Or at best, water gets a temporary spotlight in levels that let you take a break from standard play -- a quick splash and then back to land.  It's rarely ever a focus in these games. Usually, underwater segments are the worst parts of these games. Poor water.

The ocean played a sizable role in Assassin's Creed III with its naval battles, and while that was fantastic, it only served as a tease for what the ocean offered. Reacting to feedback, Ubisoft is now bringing the deep blue sea to the forefront in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. They've embraced the open-world concept, and the free exploration extends to the ocean, not only by boat, but through underwater play. 

We visited the team behind Assassin's Creed IV's ocean tech, Ubisoft Singapore, to learn how deep they were willing to dive this time around.

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8:00 AM on 08.09.2013

GameStop wants to help you trade up from 360 to Xbox One

I bet GameStop is a little happier selling Xbox Ones now that the used game market is back. To show this support, the company is running a somewhat neat promotion. If you are a PowerUp Rewards member and buy select games for ...

Steven Hansen

8:30 PM on 08.06.2013

Elder Scrolls Online, Shark Hunting in ACIV & Xbox 720

Hey everybody! Here's another episode of The Destructoid Show! Because Tuesday! Some sneaky Redditors have uncovered evidence pointing to the existence of Left 4 Dead 3, Bethesda has finally shown off The Elder Scrolls ...

Max Scoville







Harpoon sharks and explore the sea in Assassin's Creed IV photo
Harpoon sharks and explore the sea in Assassin's Creed IV
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag takes us to the age of pirates, and because of that Ubisoft's Singapore studio was tasked with creating the full on ocean simulation. I spoke with lead designer Sebastien Berton who walked me through four of the major new features we can expect to go along with all this.

First up, there's harpooning! Yes, you can go throw a bunch of harpoons into sharks, you monsters. You're rewarded for the wildlife you hunt, as animals will get you vital upgrades for your character similar to Far Cry 3's system. With the sharks in particular, you'll first hook into them with a harpoon tied to a rope. One connected, you'll be pulled through the ocean and you have throw more spears at them until they finally die.

Next we learned a little more about how the underwater system works. It's a first for the series, and everything in the water is a threat to you while you search for treasure. You have to find pockets of air to stay under longer, and sharks can mess you up really easily as you can't fight back.

Sebastien also briefly touched on hidden caves players can find, and how the fort system has been upgraded in Black Flag. Check out the interview for the full details, and check out our past previews for more on the next big Assassin's Creed.

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