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Assassin’s Creed IV DLC going standalone

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Perhaps you’ve played Assassin’s Creed 3, decided you hate the game, the series, and videogames in general. Assassin’s Creed 3 is the sort of game that could do just that. Perhaps you’ve decided to give the excellent Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag a skip based on the previous game. You’d be doing yourself a disservice, because it’s pretty good.

Soon, you’ll be able to get a taste of what the game is like, by way of the game’s single-player DLC, which will soon be put asunder from the game proper. It’s a great entry point, telling a very different story to the main game, but at the same time giving you a pretty good idea of what to expect.

“Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry tells the story of Adewale, a man born into slavery,” says the press release I got in my email last night but overlooked until this morning.  Once a pirate and now a trained “Assassin, Adewale is shipwrecked in 18th-century Haiti, home to the most brutal slavery in the West Indies. In an effort to get back to the sea, Adewale assists the locals in exchange for a crew and a ship. The more he fights for freedom from slavery, however, the more he is drawn into the Maroon slave community, forcing him to face his vicious past. In the game, Adewale will take his new crew and set of weapons, including a machete and a blunderbuss, to assassinate enemies and free slaves, delivering merciless justice in plantations and cities alike. No stranger to the sea, Adewale will command a fearsome brig to take down slave owners in the Caribbean.”

Freedom Cry will only be available as a standalone for PlayStation platforms and PC though, giving the other platform a bit of a kick in the teeth. It’s coming to PS3 and PS4 on February 19 and PC on February 25.

It’ll cost a little more as a standalone than it would for those who buy it as DLC, $15 over the $10 it’d set you back if you own the main game. It gives you about 5 hours of a concentrated, to-the-point Assassin’s Creed experience, which is about as long as some people need to get their fix.

What do you think of the idea though; unbundling DLC and making it available on its own?

Last Updated: February 6, 2014


  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 6, 2014 at 08:39

    I think it’s a good idea. People happy with AC4 will buy it, and someone who hesitated about dropping $60 on AC4 after AC3 might be inclined to get this.


    • ToshZA

      February 6, 2014 at 08:46

      This in general is a great idea, even if the entire series is great. Small snippets of a main game that don’t require the main game. It’s like a fully self-contained demo at a reasonable price.


    • RinceThis2014

      February 6, 2014 at 09:18

      A definite buy for John 🙂


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        February 6, 2014 at 09:21

        What would he play it on though? He doesn’t have a PC & you need some kind of new console…


        • RinceThis2014

          February 6, 2014 at 09:34

          Good point. And we know John doesn’t get wrapped up in the hype and would never jump on the bandwagon this early…


  2. eXpZA

    February 6, 2014 at 08:40

    Does it let you sail the entire AC:BF world and visit all the locations in the main game?


  3. Umar Hyakutaro [S]

    February 6, 2014 at 08:42

    “Perhaps you’ve played Assassin’s Creed 3, decided you hate the game, the series, and videogames in general. ”



  4. Umar Hyakutaro [S]

    February 6, 2014 at 08:43

    I don’t actually have a problem with it as long it give it’s content worth….Hell this DLC is longer than Ground Zero..OH SNAP



    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      February 6, 2014 at 08:56

      He drowned. I don’t think he’s a sea snake.


  5. Hammersteyn

    February 6, 2014 at 09:11

    I should probably play this some time.


  6. Admiral Chief in Vegas

    February 6, 2014 at 09:12

    Good idea


  7. Unavengedavo

    February 6, 2014 at 09:16

    I actually enjoyed Assassins Creed 3… Though Connor was a bit dull


    • justkiddingnobutseriously

      February 9, 2014 at 22:02

      I was late to AC. Colonial America plus the E3 trailer sucked me in so I actually played AC3 FIRST of all the games. Thoroughly enjoyed it and the parts I didn’t understand made me want to play the rest.

      I totally understand the obvious allure of Ezio and the Renaissance, loved the shit outta AC4 but I still really like Connor b/c I think his struggle was the most morally ambiguous. Plus I liked his mechanics and his double assassinations were the best. Hope Ubisoft makes more of those, maybe triple assassinations in AC5!?


  8. Anon A Mouse

    February 6, 2014 at 09:49

    It could work if done proper. Just don’t make half a game and the bring out a stand alone DLC to answer all the questions left from the main game.


  9. Matthew Holliday

    February 6, 2014 at 10:35

    i think its hella smart.
    i dont have to replay the entire game because Im OCD like that.
    I dont have to own the whole game, so its picking up the core base and people who are just interested in checking it out.


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