All the Assassin’s Creed IV news right here

You’ve probably heard about the leaked trailer, the launch date, and the fact that Assassin’s Creed IV is also coming to next-gen consoles. So we figured we’d wrap up all the news about Ubisoft’s still not official (even if they sent everyone the press release and put up a website for the game) game.

  • Black Flag – The game is the first in the Assassin’s Creed series to give a main game in the franchise a subtitle. Is this a way of differentiating it from the storyline of the first three games, or just a new naming convention? We’ll see as we get more details.
  • October 29 – The date is called out in the official trailer, and while the mention of next-gen consoles at that date is intriguing, the website or trailer don’t call out the game being a launch title for those consoles. Of course, Assassin’s Creed III came out for consoles on October 30th, while it launched on Wii U alongside the console on November 18th. This could have a similar schedule, though it could be said that, with the Wii U’s power being similar to current-gen consoles, there might be more work (and therefore, time) required to make the jump to the true next-gen. We’ll see.
  • Pirates! – Yes, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will build on the ship-based navigation we were introduced to in III, while implementing some new elements. The trailer shows stealth is at least a part of the new game, though it also shows Edward Kenway clearing the deck of a pirate ship in record time. With guns and swords. Quickly and loudly.
  • Lineage – Speaking of Edward Kenway, if the name sounds familiar, it’s because Connor Kenway from Assassin’s Creed III is his grandson. It’s unclear the link between them outside of their family relationship, but it’ll be interesting to see how far we progress through the game to see if Connor makes an appearance as a young boy. The game could connect the two stories in some very interesting ways, and we’ve got every faith that the team at Ubisoft has the talent to pull it off.

There’s really not a heck of a lot of news if you’ve been following things since earlier in the week. Of course, if you haven’t, it might be worthwhile to read our original article on the leaks, and then take a look at the trailer. No, we won’t be posting links here, but we’re sure anyone with a few Googling skills could figure it out.

Ubisoft will be making their trailer official on Monday, even though you can see it almost anywhere on the web right now. Regardless, we should be getting more details from the France-based company soon, and we’ll keep you posted with all the details on that one.