Kotaku claim that a mystery tipster sent them some marketing materials for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. According to the mystery tipster the promotional poster shown in the picture above will start appearing in stores on March 4th.
Earlier this month Ubisoft revealed during their financial call that they would be releasing a new Assassin’s Creed game, featuring a new lead character and setting, in their fiscal 2014, which runs from April 1st of this year to March 31st of 2014. Considering that every Assassin’s Creed game except Assassin’s Creed 3 has arrived in November and that Ubisoft want this to be an annual franchise, it seems likely that a new Creed game will be arriving in October/November of this year.
Just shortly after that a Reddit user claims to have been on a flight when he spotted a lady working on a powerpoint marketing presentation for several games, including Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag which was marked down as due for release in Holiday 2013.
As for the poster it’s rather interesting. At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s Connor, but upon further inspection the face is different and the costume isn’t the same, though it is similiar. Interestingly this new Assassin is holding a fairly advance pistol, showing that supposed new Assassin’s Creed game will be taking place considerably closer to our own time period. And then, of course, it seems to indicate that Black Flag will be pirate themed, because who doesn’t love pirates?
However, there are a few things that don’t quite click. The first is that the style of the poster doesn’t match up with the usual Assassin’s Creed marketing. It has been drawn by Todd McFarlane, as you can see by the box under the Assassin’s right-hand side leg, and it looks bloody gorgeus, but it seems too much of a radical departure from the franchises normal style. Then there’s the fact that numbered Assassin’s Creed games have never been subtitled before, so why start now?
McFarlane also owns a toy company called McFarlane toys who recent did a deal with Ubisoft to create officially licensed figures.
Perhaps it’s the start of another Assassin’s Creed comic book or advertisement for a new action figure and somebody has simply done a little bit of editing to tie it in with the Black Flag rumors? Or maybe it is indeed a new Assassins’ Creed game, in which case we might be able to look forward to Ubisoft utilising the awesome naval gameplay from Assassin’s Creed III.