Assassin’s Creed IV DLC going standalone

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FREEEEDOM!

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

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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