Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag revealed

The Assassin's Creed franchise has been a huge hit for developer and publisher Ubisoft. The action series that's mostly an historical adventure with a tiny sci-fi twist has used the Middle Ages  in Europe and the American Revolution in the 18th century as setting for its revolving cast of trained assassins.

Today, Ubisoft revealed that the latest game in the series would be called Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag. In a post on its Facebook page, Ubisoft also posted up a promo image, which as you can see above, features yet another member of the Assassin Brotherhood, this time with a flintlock in one hand, and a sword in the other. He appears to be on a 18th century sailing ship, which makes it look like this person is going to be a pirate of some sort.

The game will be coming out on the PC, along with the Xbox 360, Wii U and PS3, and apparently the Playstation port will get some extra content that won't be available for the other ports. No release date was announced. Ubisoft is expected to reveal more about Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag sometime on Monday.

Source: Assassin's Creed on Facebook | Image via Ubisoft

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This will actually be a 4 and not an expansion to 3? New character and everything? Will Desmond be in the Animus?

Can someone explain how exactly they plan on putting a pirate themed one together?
Like, on general standards, the AC series has been cities or expanses of historically rich content. I think most people can agree the naval combat and beginning of AC3 where you're stuck on a boat wasn't that interesting. I can see the obvious hunting for treasure in the form of artifacts of Eden, but I mean, what large historical context of pirates could there be? Sure they had a large presence for a while, but... I mean come on, Blackbeard floated around and killed people. Where will this be set? What's the premise? I dunno.

Ubisoft says: we want to have a better relationship with PC gamers.

Ubisoft does: makes extra content solely for a console.