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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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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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