At E3, Sony announced that their close partnership with Ubisoft would result in exclusive Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag content for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners. And today, the illustrious publisher released details on the latter, which will contain around an hour of extra gameplay material orbiting around Aveline de Grandpré; the central character in the PlayStation Vita rendition, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation.
Taking place over three supplementary missions, this particular story arc will follow an older version of Aveline and will be penned by Jill Murray – the lead writer behind Liberation. In order to explain how each of these parallel narratives will come together, Darby McDevitt; the chief scribe for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, took to Ubisoft’s official blog to explain.
“It’s a ways forward so Aveline is a bit older. It’s not directly related to the end of her story. If Assassin’s Creed 4 is like a novel, Aveline’s missions are like a short story. The present-day is set in Abstergo Entertainment – which is this fun, hip company to work for… at first,” McDevitt continued. “You are able to access the Aveline stuff because your co-workers are working on retrieving different genetic memories from all kinds of different people.”
Much like the Benedict Arnold missions in Assassin’s Creed III – which were also provided exclusively to PlayStation 3 owners – these additional objectives will help flesh out the game’s surrounding context. This hour-long ‘short story’ will please fans of Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, which itself sold over 600,000 copies on Sony’s handheld.
In terms of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, though, Ubisoft has stated that a Wii U and current-gen version of the game will be released on October 29th in the States – November 1st for European territories. In terms of next-gen, it’s almost certain that the fourth numerical iteration in the Assassin’s series will hit stores within each console’s respective launch window. A PC release date is also unconfirmed at this time.
Tell us, will you be delving into the adjacent storyline when you pick up your PS3 or PS4 copy of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag? Let us know in the comments below.