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New Assassin’s Creed Game Won’t Take Place In Japan

Ubisoft's assassins sneak into guarded fortresses, drop down on their enemies, and silence them with their blades; they're practically ninjas. Even so, the next Assassin's Creed game won't take place in the Land of the Rising Sun.

In a recent interview with Adweek, Ubisoft's managing director Jade Raymond says that the next installment of the game is set in her favorite historical age, but dismissed rumors that it takes place in Feudal Japan.

“When we’re building a franchise, we’re thinking of a whole universe and how we’re developing a meta-story that could live on for many years in games and TV,” Raymond says. “If the story has nowhere to go, then you end up with the video game equivalent of The Matrix 2 or something where it’s never going to be quite as genius.”

The series has dropped in on the Crusades, the Renaissance, American Revolution, and a pirate-filled Caribbean. We'll just have to wait and see when the next game is set. But we can still dream. some people think that Japan would make a bad setting for the series, but that doesn't mean that a Japanese Assassin's Creed is out of the question.

[Source: Adweek via Polygon]

 

Our Take
This is a little disappointing, but not surprising. Since the Assassin's Creed series first released, I've been dreaming of an entry that took place in Feudal Japan. At the same time, everyone is expecting that setting, and the franchise usually picks less visited settings for the series, so maybe that's for the best.

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Assassin’s Creed IV’s Freedom Cry Now Available As Standalone DLC

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag's Freedom Cry DLC is now available to download on PlayStation 3 and 4 without the need for an Assassin's Creed IV disc.

Titled simply Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry in its standalone iteration, the DLC follows a new assassin with Adéwalé on his personal journey to free slaves. You can read our critical thoughts on the DLC by heading here. You can also check out a walkthrough of some of the game's missions in the video below.

The DLC is $ 14.99 regardless of whether you go with the PlayStation 4 or 3 version of the game. The DLC will also be available on PC on February 25.

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[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
I'm curious to learn if the DLC sells better without the need for an Assassin's Creed IV disc. Ubisoft did very well with its standalone Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon DLC, but that was radically different from the main Far Cry 3 game. Adéwalé's journey offers a new assassin, but otherwise appears similar to the main game. In any case, it's nice to have the option to play the DLC without having to invest in the full game.

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Assassin’s Creed 4 ‘Freedom Cry’ standalone sets sail on PS3, PS4 today

Today marks the standalone debut of Freedom Cry, a tale set adjacent to the events of Assassin’s Creed 4, and starring Edward Kenway’s first mate, Adewale.

Freedom Cry sees Adewale shipwrecked on Haiti, without supplies or a ship full of surly…
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Assassin’s Creed Mega Bloks will let you build the perfect killing machine

Mega Brands and Ubisoft will release Assassin’s Creed branded Mega Bloks building sets later this year, the companies have revealed. The announcement offers no details about the sets though Ubisoft SVP of marketing and sales, Tony Key notes, “This…
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Ubisoft unveils Assassin’s Creed: Arena board game

Ubisoft recently announced a tabletop board game based on its Assassin’s Creed series. Titled Assassin’s Creed: Arena, the game is intended for up to four players and has a relatively complex set of rules, which explains the age 15+ recommendation by…
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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag ‘Guild Of Rogues’ DLC Now Available

Assassin's Creed IV: Black flag debuted new DLC today.

If you enjoy playing Black Flag's multiplayer, you're in luck as new DLC entitled, Guild of Rogues is now available. 

Guild of Rogues adds three new characters: the siren, stowaway, and shaman. The siren wields a navy saber and uses her appearance to distract foes. The stowaway is a bit more lax, but has plenty of practice with fist fights. He's extremely agile and can wield a gun, being an asset not only on land, but even more so at sea. The shaman, who carries a hatchet, is a composed fighter who uses supernatural aid to take down his enemies. 

Two new maps are also available for player to download starting February 17. Kingston is a young town with treetops overlooking it for assassin's to traverse. The covered alleyways of the residential districts also help for sneaking around. Charlestown was a fan-favorite map from Assassin's Creed III and is making a comeback. The map has lots of open space, a town church, and plenty of streets.

Check out the trailer below to get a glimpse:

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You can purchase the DLC for $ 2.99, or if it's free if you have a season pass.

For more information, visit assassinscreed.com/guild-of-rogues

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Assassin’s Creed 4 Guild of Rogues multiplayer DLC now available

Ubisoft has released its second batch of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag multiplayer DLC for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC platforms, expanding the game’s online competitive component with a collection of three new characters.

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Assassin’s Creed 4 ships 10 million, Rocksmith 2014 hits a low note

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag has shipped 10 million units to the high seas, Ubisoft announced in its third quarter 2013 – 2014 report. The Just Dance franchise shipped 6 million units during the third quarter, “positioning it once again as the…
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Assassin’s Creed 4, Puppeteer among nominees for music awards

The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announced the nominees for composers demonstrating “excellence in musical scoring” in 2013. The annual awards ceremony includes a gaming category, Best Original Score for a Video Game or…
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Ubisoft To Release Standalone Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry

Ubisoft is taking an interesting approach to its Assassin’s Creed IV expansion, Freedom Cry. As you might recall, the expansion puts Edward Kenway’s first mate, Adewale, in the spotlight.

During the adventure, Adewale is shipwrecked in Haiti, where vicious slave-trade plagues the local population. The package will be available for $ 14.99 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on February 18 and PC on February 25. If you'd rather pick up Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and play it as DLC, it will run you $ 10.

Curious about whether Freedom Cry is worth your time if you’ve not yet played Assassin’s Creed? Check out our impressions

 

Our Take
Ubisoft has been making some smart plays with its games. Packaging DLC as a standalone game follows the mini-AAA movement started by Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. Creative bundling like this offers a low-price entry (or return) to the Assassin's Creed series for those that haven't started or have strayed.

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