News: First Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Gameplay & Bonus Editions

assassins-creed-4-black-flag-ps4If you’ve been wondering what Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag looks like in action, you’re in luck because publisher Ubisoft has released the first gameplay footage of the upcoming pirate-themed sequel.

As well as giving us a first glimpse at the gameplay, which looks great by the way, there’s also word on the collectors editions that will be available for purchase, should you feel the need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a video game…

Check out the various special/exclusive editions below:

The Black Chest Edition (Exlcusive to Uplay Store)

  • 55cm model of Edward Kenway
  • Parchment copy of the games map
  • Replica of the Black Flag
  • Steelbook cover containing artwork, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag soundtrack and two lithograph and two canvas prints.
  • As of yet unspecified exclusive in-game items

The Skull Edition (UK & Europe only)

  • Jumbo steel case
  • Artwork
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag soundtrack
  • As of yet unspecified in-game items
  • Two lithograph prints

The Buccaneer Edition (Exclusive to GAME UK & GameStop Ireland)

  • Edward Kenway figurine
  • Artwork
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag soundtrack
  • Two lithograph prints
  • Collectors box
  • As of yet unspecified in-game items

The Special Edition (Exclusive to GAME UK and XtraVision Ireland)

  • As of yet unspecified exclusive content
  • Additional content at launch
  • Available at the RRP for those who pre-order

The Black Island Pack (North America, GameStop)

  • Access to the Black Shop
  • Captain Morgan’s silver flint-lock pistols for use in single-play
  • Additional Captain Morgan items for multiplayer mode
  • Additional quest at Black Island

That’s a lot of options to choose from, though I suspect most buyers will just opt for the regular game whilst the hardcore devotee’s will clean up on the various special editions, of which there is no price as of yet, but expect them to fall in line with previous special editions, around the £60-£90 mark would be a safe bet.

As well as the above mentioned exclusives and what not, there’s also an additional 60 minutes worth of gameplay exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 versions of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, something to bear in mind if you’re wanting the most bang for your buck.

There’s one last addition to the bunch; those who buy the game new will get ‘VIP entry’ to The Watch.  is a programme that rewards players with bonus goodies and rewards for in-game actions, a bit like Uplay, but a bit more sociable, especially with the uber-social PlayStation 4 version.

As for the dreaded Season Pass and Online Pass, there’s nothing to report at the moment, though I think we can all assume they will rear their less than beautiful head’s at some point with the promise of more download content and what not, we’ll let you know when we know more.

Now that the ‘special’ stuff is out of the way, feel free to gawp in awe at the first gameplay footage of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag down below:

Well, it’s got to be said; the hype has started particularly early. Assassin’s Creed III is barley 6 months old and still has download content being released yet Ubisoft are already promoting the next adventure, more than 6 months before it’s due to release. I’m not the first to say it, and I shan’t be the last, but damn Ubisoft, don’t become another Call of Duty.

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What do you reckon? Bit early to be promoting the sequel? Or are you already planning on what you’ll be purchasing? Let us know down in the comments section below.

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