Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag Screens Showcase Multiplayer Mayhem
Written Tuesday, July 30, 2013 By Lee Bradley
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Ubisoft has released some new screens from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, focusing on the upcoming title’s multiplayer.

Though the game’s multiplayer suite doesn’t come with naval battles - something that Ubi has described as technically very, very difficult - it does come with more sneaking and stabbing that you can shake a rusty scabbard at.

In addition to an expanded Wolfpack mode the game also features something called Gamelab, a system for creating custom modes. You can see images relating to both below.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is out on October 29th in North America and November 1st in Europe for Xbox 360, with the Xbox One version to follow. You can read our impressions of what we saw at E3 here.



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Comment #1 by XxStuartxX 1990
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 04:47:29 AM
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It'll take some doing to get me excited for this, after ACIII.

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Comment #2 by UberPirateNinja
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 04:48:31 AM
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£5 and a bag of chips says they add naval battles as DLC at some point.

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Comment #3 by Woody28
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 04:50:58 AM
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@1 - I too thought 3 was incredibly mediocre. The only thing that I really liked about the game was the naval battles.
But I have to say everything I've seen with AC4 so far, is looking pretty good.

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Comment #4 by GetInTheVanIHaveCandy
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 04:51:38 AM
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Is AC3 that bad? I've played for an hour and am finding it quite u underwhelming but once it kicks off what is it like? Is it worth playing?

I am loving the setting of this game, anything with pirates and sharks in it is a win for me.

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Comment #5 by TimTam AU
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 04:53:02 AM
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I just finished AC3 today after I bought it on release actually.

Still waiting for it to kick off.

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Comment #6 by GetInTheVanIHaveCandy
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 04:55:45 AM
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Thanks for the reply.

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Comment #7 by Emperor 95
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 04:56:24 AM
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ive recently started playing the Ac3 MP and i have to say i kinda like it. it can be very fun.

but it does have some flaws; the user interface, similar to the one in the shot above, is confusing and god damn ugly. they did a terrible job with the unlocks and explaining the levelling system
Also not enough people play the game how it is supposed to be played. there are too many people who run around 'stealing' kills for 100 points. i consistently find myself just about to pull off a big 700 point score only to have someone recklessly sprint in and grab the kill for a measly 150 points. and this is on team games!

but as ive said before; black flag looks like a brilliant pirate game, just not a good AC game.

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Comment #8 by Nutty Scouser
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 04:59:19 AM
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I think the Ac feeliing has gone from these games now a days, the aove screen just looks like a pirate game, and i suppose thats what you get when you bleed a game dry

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Comment #9 by DJWonderbraDJ
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 05:01:14 AM
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I quite enjoy the multiplayer in this. I actually enjoyed the multiplayer more than the single player in AC3. Very disappointing game.

Still , all is not lost.

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Comment #10 by PnPTheDealer
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 05:08:59 AM
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@7 you've hit the nail on the head there. I've had this issue with all the AC multiplayers. Barely anyone seems to play the game as it was intended. Even deathmatch modes tend to be just utter mayhem of people running around trying to grab as many cheap basic kills as possible. The funny thing being there's usually one or two others on the server that do play properly and beat them anyway in score alone because they pulled off two or three expensive kills that make up the gap.
As for AC3 I enjoyed it,though I agree it wasn't the strongest offering of the series thus far..

OT- Will reserve judgement on the MP until I've played it, they've changed the interface every game thus far so I can't comment on that as for the rest of it, reference my previous point about the multiplayer

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Comment #11 by doomey
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 05:14:16 AM
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I hope I'm not the only one that doesn't really car if ac has mp? I would rather they spent more time making the game awesome, than worrying about a multiplayer function. Heck, if it so happens that multiplayer is necessary, give us co op for Chris evans sake.

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Comment #12 by ziggy78900
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 05:17:25 AM
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Comment #13 by Hurricane Of 87
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 05:24:35 AM
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@7: Yeah, looks like the god awful Menus From Hell are back. :/ Playing The Last Of Us MP (It's the shizzle) and it has menu systems MID-GAME that are swift and easy to use, could you imagine if Ubisoft made it? Arrrgh.

I don't see Smoke Bomb in the ban abilities section. Has it been cut? :D

The 'no melee kills' option is a bit worrying, suggests that there'll be more methods for ranged kills which sort of defeats the purpose of this MP. Pistol is good for those who've died 4 times in a row and just want to waste someone, anyone, for a kill and a measly 100 points. Perhaps they should have made it a death streak instead of a regular weapon.

The new characters look good. I see Eyepatch Joker being this game's version of The Nightstalker/Harlequin (very popular) and....Is that Demoman? Team Fortress 2 crossing franchises again!

I'll keep typing since I've gotten this far. AC3's Single Player was kind of ugly, however it's MP was stunningly good looking. The power of being on a separate disc there. Wasn't a fan of the maps in AC3 though, the streets were very wide so there wasn't much opportunity for jumping off roofs. It was lacking in multi-tiered levels like Brotherhood had, somethings seemed a bit flat and too open like the Fort level.

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Comment #14 by Hurricane Of 87
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 05:26:11 AM
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@11: There is co-op.

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Comment #15 by XxStuartxX 1990
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 06:43:37 AM
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The main character is just angry all the time for absolutely no reason, he is like a non-badass Kratos.

The story is underwhelming.

The new engine they put in makes the game basically play itself.

Enemy guards constantly spawn, and you'll have to sometimes face 80+ people in one fight.

The game is glitchy as hell, I had to restart pretty much every mission at least once.

The homestead is quite cool though, if a little pointless.

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Comment #16 by Hurricane Of 87
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 06:52:31 AM
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"The main character is just angry all the time for absolutely no reason."
The Templars burnt down his village, killing his mother and most of his tribesmen...

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Comment #17 by Emperor 95
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 07:07:49 AM
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im glad to see im not the only one who has noticed the MP flaws!

@13 and 16 i completely agree about the point of the graphical improvements for the Mp over the SP. many of the maps just seem much brighter (especially Saint pierre DLC map)and the animation seems smoother.

im sure it was SPOILERS------------- Washington who burnt down his village.
but lets not get started on historical accuracy and all that!

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Comment #18 by Emperor 95
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 07:09:17 AM
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forgot to put (sorry about double post)

"The new engine they put in makes the game basically play itself. "

THIS X 10000000!

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Comment #19 by PluralAces
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 07:30:22 AM
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AC Multiplayer has sucked since Revelations was released, with every installment, the multiplayer has gotten progressively worse. AC Brotherhood will always be the standard for multiplayer in the AC series.

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Comment #20 by Samigi
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 07:38:31 AM
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I love Pirates.

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Comment #21 by DMichaels86
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 08:35:23 AM
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I played brotherhoods MP, I thought it was alright. The gaming community made it worse though, everyone just ran around on buildings and there was hardly any stealth involved. I haven't gotten to play MP since then due to the online passes (damn you Ubi)

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Comment #22 by hotdogenigma
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 09:33:23 AM
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@7 to be honest I'm surprised anyone still plays this MP. I stuck to wolfpack, obtained the MP related achievements and never touched it again. I reiterate how stupid an idea it was to put MP into this game. Keep the achievements out and I'll be happy.

And I really hated the menu screens in AC3 MP, so very hard to read at times with its small font, why the hell did they think that was a good idea? Anyways, here's hoping MP fails as per the usual.

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Comment #23 by XxStuartxX 1990
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 09:39:44 AM
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Actually that wasn't the templars, later on in the game you actually find out that that was #Spoilers#


Yet he still continues to be angry at the Templars, and sides with Washington.

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Comment #24 by Hurricane Of 87
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 10:31:06 AM
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#22: So you're surprised anyone else plays a mode you didn't touch, judging it's quality despite only playing the co-op mode solo and would like the see other people's creations fail because it inconveniences you? UR KOOL.

#23: Well, shows how much I was paying attention. I can't remember the plot details of the last trilogy either. Playing AC II again and all I know is I'll be flying into a Venice mansion and beating up the pope in Rome. Why? Someone wanted Ezio's family killed for ??? reason.

I thought Connor was rather placid and level-headed like Master Chief (Only played Halo 4), apart from the temper tantrum he throws around Achilles. This seems to get him painted as either 100% boring or 100% whiny brat by many comments I've read.
"Always angry" is a bit of a new one to be honest.

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Comment #25 by XxStuartxX 1990
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 10:46:02 AM
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Maybe angry wasn't the right word, but he just goes on a rant at the slightest thing.

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Comment #26 by ViNyLek
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 11:03:42 AM
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I read a preview somewhere else and it sounds pretty awesome. Since next Infamous is not coming out until next year, I preordered this with Killzone and Watch Dogs as launch title for my PS4=)

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Comment #27 by hotdogenigma
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 12:17:11 PM
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@24 so you're judging a character that you've only played in one game (Master Chief)? UR KOOL. And yes I am surprised, given the amount of shit people bitch and complain about, yet they continue to play. So does that mean everyone is a bunch of hypocrites? I gave the MP a go, didn't like it as with the others and left it alone. So I'm not the only KOOL one around here buddy...I'm sure you fit the bill too.

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Comment #28 by Yourburntstar
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 12:50:02 PM
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Yeah I've always bought ALL of the Assassins Creed Games because they are AMAZING SINGLE PLAYER GAMES.

I've never been a fan of the cheezy tacked on Multi-player. But others do enjoy it so thats why it stuck around. it also stuck around because they can make a quick buck on cheap maps sold rather expensively even after it's initial launch date.

I'll be getting this at launch for the Xbox One Day One Console, but ONLY for the Single Player aspect of the game. Not all games need Multi-player attached on just cause your capable of doing so.

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Comment #29 by CASCADEYOUTH
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 04:58:53 PM
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I didn't know Harley Quinn had a pirate outfit

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Comment #30 by IanCFitz
Thursday, August 08, 2013 @ 01:27:00 PM
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Great, another AC game with an unnecessary MP mode I could care less about. Yay!

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US October 29, 2013
Europe October 29, 2013

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