Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Story Trailer Finally Offers a Look at the Plot

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Think that last week’s glimpse at Edward Kenway’s tattoos in the game’s TV spot was all that we’d get to see of the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag story? Think again as Ubisoft’s pirate themed sandbox epic is back to explain the historically accurate tale that will make up the game’s plot.

In a brand new trailer from the game’s publisher, we’re learning about the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag story from a trailer that can only be described as ‘incredibly intriguing’ and ‘graphically delicious’. Main character Edward Kenway (grandfather of Assassin’s Creed 3 protagonist Connor Kenway) is the pirate turned assassin at the helm of this fine and sturdy open world ship and the game fully intends on showing you just how he became the stealthy killer that we’ll soon know him to be. It’s likely as insightful as we’re going to get before the game’s release so it’s definitely worth a watch after the break.

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Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag TV Spot Invites You to Become a Pirate

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Have you ever wanted to fight for your freedom? Have you ever wanted to be respected so much that even aristocracy take their hats off to you when you pass? Well then the plight of Edward Kenway, the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag might be just up your street as these are the very same principles that him and his ragtag bunch of pirate friends are sailing the seven seas for.

In a brand new television spot for the game, Ubisoft are revealing Kenway’s morals from the peculiar medium…of his tattoos. Thought cheesy hearts with ‘MOM’ written across them were just for the 21st century? Think again. Kenway’s tats actually tell a far more interesting tale than maternal love and as you’d expect from a TV ad, all of the main Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag features are shown off.

Unlike in its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed 3, the main character can now dive, substantially, rather than the last game’s ‘diving’ which was the equivalent of holding your breath in a paddling pool. Also depicted is the ship to ship warfare, which, after being one of the only parts of AC3 that people didn’t criticise, has now been doubled down on and you can now direct your crew to attack opposing ship crews, whilst taking on other salty seadogs yourself to take the cargo from their vessels.

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New Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag Gameplay Trailer Released

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Another day, another glimpse at Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag gameplay, as people can’t seem to get enough of Edward Kenway’s Caribbean based assassin/pirate romp, even in the midst of summer.

This time around there are 13 minutes of footage on offer in an Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag gameplay trailer that takes you around the Caribbean, showing off these sweltering, tropical digs. Game Director Ashraf Ismail is on hand to give you a guided tour so while the game’s setting is set to be bigger than than any we’ve ever seen before in the series, you’re unlikely to get lost.

Footage on offer in the trailer includes an example of what the Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag protagonist does best (assassinations), a search for treasure and a firefight between the Jackdaw (the main character’s ship) and the ship of your target.

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Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag Screenshots have Sharks, Ships, Secrecy

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The first thing you should know about Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag is that it includes more sea sections than you can shake a wetsuit at and if you’re looking to get your sea legs then you’ll likely end up with sea arms and a sea torso too.

Given that so much of the game takes place at sea, the new Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag screenshots are water-focused. In the new images from Ubisoft, we see lead man and feared pirate Edward Kenway (grandfather of AC3 protagonist Connor) take on the danger of sharks, of which those toothy blighters aren’t messing around. Expect to face them whenever you go out at sea, along with the already revealed whales, who will try and put your ship, the Jackdaw, out of action.

Also in these new Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag screenshots is a ship battle in progress, a faceoff with a soldier, as well as a mysterious, blue orb that will no doubt be part of the overall story arc that goes on throughout the game.

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Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag Video Gives You a Caribbean Sea Tour

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“Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life for me” – the words of Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag protagonist Edward Kenway, presumably, as he stormed into Ubisoft’s offices demanding to know when he gets his own Assassin’s Creed game as his grandson, Connor Kenway, did.

Ubisoft apparently caved and told Mr. Kenway to take to the seas right away as a good portion of Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag will take place on the water. So pack up your lemons to stave off scurvy and don your eyepatch or any other pirate stereotype you want to embody as Ubi have just released a brand new Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag video. The trailer takes us all on a sea tour around the Caribbean, which is of course, where the upcoming assasssin-em-up takes place.

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Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag – All of the Need to Know Facts

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Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag is nigh. We have five Assassin’s Creed games’ worth of gameplay and timelines and three individual protagonists each with their own backstories to take into consideration. We’ve visited nearly every continent and taken a look at 5 different eras in time, so for Ubisoft to announce yet another AC game, that has to be just as unique and fresh-faced as the first day we were introduced to Ezio Auditore da Firenze’s brilliant adventures (his games are critically the best in the series), it’s a move that is just as bold as the font of their logo.

But have they succeeded? It’s a good question, and with the Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag release date over 7 months away, we won’t know how the full game reviews for a while, but does that stop us from speculating? Of course not, and we can make up our minds on the plot points and promised gameplay now as Ubisoft have released Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag info in the shedloads, all collected here for you to peruse.

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Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag Announced by Ubisoft

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We’re barely 4 months away from the release of the last Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed 3, but already, Ubisoft have announced the next game in the series, Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag.

Not a lot is known about Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag, but we do know a few pieces of information, for example, the ‘Black Flag’ in the title and the image on the box art is a reference to the fact that Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag will have a heavy emphasis on sea-based missions. However, we don’t yet know what or who you’ll be fighting against at sea, other than (presumably) a heck of a lot of scurvy.

Other Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag tidbits that we know this far are that the game the game is set in 1715 and it will be introducing you to an all new protagonist. You’ll play as “Edward Kenway”, who is the father of Haytham Kenway and the grandfather of Connor Kenway (the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed 3), albeit, this member of the Kenway family thankful has a more easily spelt name (Ratohnhaké:ton, anyone?)

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Serial Misogynist Michael Fassbender to Work on Assassin’s Creed Movie

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First of all I would like to say that character limits are a swine, as provided I’d had enough room, that headline would read “Serial Misogynist and Known Woman Beater Michael Fassbender to Work on the Assassin’s Creed Movie”, because I feel like that might be the only thing attention-grabbing enough for people to click through and find out exactly why no one should be doing this really quite horrible person any favours.

To re-tread the story, for those of you who don’t stalk my Twitter page religiously (i.e most of you), hotshot actor guy Michael Fassbender is now on board to co-produce and star in the film, with Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, even going as far as to say that Fassbender was their “first choice” of actors when it came to choosing who would play said lead assassin in the movie.

If you don’t know who Michael Fassbender is, he has been in such films as Inglorious Basterds, X:Men First Class and he also featured as David the Android in the huge sci-fi hit that was Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Now, lets ignore the fact that Fassbender is German-Irish, fair-skinned and light-haired (and therefore not really fitting the part to play a Mediterranean/relatively ethnic dark-haired assassin-type), he is obviously a talented actor and while it is perhaps some shoddy casting on Ubi’s part, with a lot of tanning and some effective hair-dyeing, he might be able to pull off the acting side of things . But no, my issue is that Michael Fassbender is just generally the worst and that Ubisoft are doing a disservice to every single one of us by working with this human being.

To put it into better terms : Michael Fassbender is the grossest. Gross things should be measured on a scale of “non-solid fecal matter” to “Michael Fassbender”. My distaste is supported with reasoning too.

Let me take you back to 2009. Sunawin “Leasi” Andrews, gets back together with ex-boyfriend Michael Fassbender. Michael, who obviously takes his craft very seriously, goes to a film festival and comes back blind drunk, so drunk that he wakes up in a puddle of his own piss. His reaction? Unlike most people, who would clean themselves off, change the bed and sober up, he decides to beat his girlfriend, throw her over a chair and break her nose. That’s not just me over-exaggerating either, the actual quote from Sunawin’s filing for a restraining order says such – “threw me over a chair breaking my nose” – which comes from what she sent to the LA County Superior Court back in June ‘09 when this all happened. At the time, Andrews’ said that this filing was to protect herself and her two young children (yes, Mr. Fassbender is this classy of an act when there are children involved who could be potentially affected by all of this) and that she asked for $20,000 to pay for medical bills, because obviously, repairing the damages that come from being beaten by a 6 foot 2, 185 pound man (though he potentially could have had more muscle mass then – this was around the time of his role as a British Lieutenant in Inglorious Basterds) doesn’t come cheap.

Oh, and it gets worse, if you could even imagine. This wasn’t even the first time that Fassbender had released his inner woman-beater on his then-girlfriend either. The same filing at the LA County Superior Court referred to another occasion, in which Sunawin and Michael became embroiled in a heated argument about an ex-boyfriend of hers – “Michael allegedly dragged her alongside their car one night after they had an argument about one of her ex-boyfriends … causing her to twist her left ankle, blow out her left knee cap and burst an ovarian cyst”. More upstanding behaviour from him, right?

Of course I am positive that someone will be willing to point out that this is “alleged”, as the above quote states but according to statistics – over one quarter of all domestic abuse cases go unreported – those who do get close to going through with the prosecution, like Sunawin Andrews, often retract their statements for the sole reason that many of these women are deeply bonded with the person, and don’t want to see them locked up, because they are quite literally willing to accept more beatings provide that person doesn’t leave them. This isn’t unheard of, emotions are tricky. On the other hand, when you’re a woman in this position, shit is scary – you know and I know full well that a night in a jail cell won’t make any budding woman-beater come to their senses, and when they’re released, they will still have working fists, working legs and a working brain full of poisonous, angry thoughts with which to maim, beat and eviscerate you. It’s not a situation that anyone should take lightly.

Fassbender proved his worth again (and I promise I will get to my point eventually) back in 2011 when filming “A Dangerous Method” with Keira Knightley in which they had to film a particularly intimate ‘erotic’ scene in which his character has to spank her. Like most people would placed in such a situation, Knightley was super uncomfortable with the filming of the scene, which requires her to be tied to a bedframe. During filming, she commented “I’ve got a security guard outside. You touch me and he’s gonna break your legs!”, Michael’s reply to this? “Keira, you’re tied to a bed. You’re not really in a position to say that.
Rape is never funny and for whatever reason, Fassbender doesn’t get this. Rape is a very real thing that you wouldn’t wish to happen to anybody and nobody out there has the right to get a laugh out of it or even suggest that being in a vulnerable position means that you’re ‘free’ game’, as it were, for rapists (or, in this case, that being tied up means that bodyguard or not, they could still have their way with you if they feel like it.)

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After all of this, for Ubisoft to enlist Michael Fassbender to work on the Assassin’s Creed film is simply ludicrous. It’s completely nutso bananas to let this guy represent this franchise. In fact, it’s crazy to let him represent anything. He is in no way, shape or form someone who should be involved in this when the assassins of the Assassin’s Creed games pride themselves on the liberation of people, on freedom, on equality. The women of the Assassin’s Order (as well as those who aid the assassins) are treated with respect and are held in such high regard as the men. There’s even a female-fronted Assassin’s Creed game in the works from the franchise’s developer in the form of PS Vita title Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation, so there’s no doubt in my mind that Ubisoft know how to get it right and that this is just an incredibly large slip up from them on the path to treating women/female gamers the same as the men. And of course, I’m not brushing over the fact that even outside of the ideals of the Assassin’s Creed games, his actions are shady and disgusting, there really is no place for what he’s done in society. It’s just plain unacceptable.

Their decision cuts everyone even deeper when you look at the gaming industry as whole where misogyny is alive and well – just last week, Anita Sarkeesian received a massive backlash to her attempt to crowdfund a video series that took on misogyny in this industry, it resulted in a Fassbender-league jerkhole by the name of Ben Spurr going as far as to make a delightful little game called “Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian” which allowed you to do just that, getting TOTAL LULZ!!!!11! out of domestic violence if this woman had pissed you off so much with her attempt at helping equality . (Read about it here on HuffPo.) Evidently we most certainly do not need anyone else coming in and sullying our good name, we’re perfectly capable of hating on women ourselves, apparently.

In all, this decision says that rape jokes are A-OK, domestic violence is a common and acceptable occurrence and that gross people with unhealthy opinion (see : Ben, Michael, people who agree with them) should be put on a pedestal. That’s not the case and these are the sorts of people whose actions should be frowned upon.

I already know that this post will result in a few ruffled feathers and plenty of angry comments but if you agree with anything I’ve said, please spread this around via Twitter, Facebook or [insert social media of choice] to open some eyes and ears to what’s going on, thank you. (And you can click here to subscribe to JSX).

The Female Assassin in Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation isn’t Just Good for Women, But Gamers Too


Rather than waxing lyrical as to why Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation is a more-than-worthy addition to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, following in the stabby footsteps of Ezio and Altair who came before him, let’s just talk about the fact that the inclusion of a female assassin in Ubisoft’s leading series is really cool, shall we?

As a woman, I’m absolutely delighted that finally, a leading game character of a leading game franchise is a badass woman, showing everyone that we are just as capable of carrying a game franchise as our male cohorts. On the other hand, as a critic of video games, I feel that Ubisoft’s decision to make the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation a woman is just as fantastic because it means that the conversation on women in games doesn’t have to be dominated by talk of the entirely ridiculous (and completely unrealistic) cup size that lady adventurer Lara Croft has been sporting for the past few Tomb Raider titles. No, instead we can all rejoice in the fact that a top video game developer has finally realised that a woman with a vengeance is just as lethal as a man with a vengeance and boy, oh boy, will she vent that anger.

And I know that plenty of people have criticised Ubisoft for the decision to star Aveline as the lead in Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation because it’s a handheld title on a console (the PlayStation Vita) that has yet to come into its own and frankly, I think that’s wrong. While I don’t think Aveline is a representation of me, or any of the brilliant ladies I know, I think this because Aveline is fearless and brave and we are (for the most part) awkward and cowardly, but despite this, it’s terrific that Ubisoft understand that there is a woman out there (less inept than I) who is capable of embodying the role of a stone cold killer, regardless of the stage that she’s killing on. The fact that she’s in the spotlight at all is a huge step forward for the industry.

In turn, people have also been heckling Ubi for Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation because ‘women can’t be assassins, the protagonist should be a man!’, well, I tell those people to shush. This isn’t a case of ‘women deserve to star as the lead!’ (okay, it sort of is) but it’s a case for thought out and engaging protagonists too. Ubisoft cannot regress to the shaven-head, muscleman, hunky athletic archetype that so many male leads fall into, instead they have to really think about the character the Aveline is because this woman just wouldn’t fit that meathead soldier role – not down to her womanhood, just for the fact that it wouldn’t make any sense. Just like Dead Space did for IPs, hopefully Aveline will lead the way for better written characters, eschewing stereotypes and pre-conceived ideals that the marketing teams of publishing houses think we want and will rather use their smarts to lovingly carve more characters that we will actually care a toss about after the credits roll.

And with that, I present to you the Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation E3 reveal trailer.

Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation E3 Reveal Trailer via ubisoft on YouTube.

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You HAVE to Watch This Assassin’s Creed 3 E3 Frontier Gameplay Demo

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However lazy of me it would be, I almost just want to post the video and let you chew over this new footage of AC3 – Assassin’s Creed 3 looks, sounds and, if we’re living vicariously through Rahtonk~ okay, Connor’s virtual spirit, it feels amazing too.

Everything you expect to be in the video of the Assassin’s Creed 3 E3 gameplay demo is there but I must have had to watch it back several times simply because it exceeds what I thought Assassin’s Creed 3 would be capable of.

I’m going to liken it to reading a book and having your visions of its scenes performed exactly how you imagined them in the movie adaptation, or – watching the Assassin’s Creed 3 E3 gameplay demo is like having your video game dreams realised.

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