A Closer Look At How Three Assassin's Creed Games Have Handled Slavery

Slavery in the Transatlantic of the 1700s was a complex, interconnected network of financial systems, social engineering and psychological repercussions. The Assassin's Creed video games that have dealt with it head-on made good use of that subject matter but also stumbled in particularly clumsy ways. "Collecting freed… » 3/31/14 12:40pm 3/31/14 12:40pm

​Soon You Can Play Assassin's Creed IV's Freedom Cry Without AC IV

Starting this month, PS3 and PS4 owners won't need to own the full version of Assassin's Creed IV to play its excellent Freedom Cry DLC. Ubisoft's just announced that they're releasing the Adéwalé-focused add-on as its own standalone release on February 18th. Make fun of the Black History Month timing all you want, but… » 2/05/14 12:00pm 2/05/14 12:00pm

Middle School Flag Team Twirls it to Assassin's Creed Liberation

Video games often have epic music. The Encounter music from Metal Gear Solid will always be burned into my mind as something that instills urgency. Music from the Assassin's Creed series is the same, so no wonder that students from Taipei's Dongshi Middle School used the music for their flag-twirling performance. » 2/05/14 6:40am 2/05/14 6:40am

The Not-To-Be-Missed Assassin's Creed Story You Might've Missed Out On

The original version of Assassin's Creed III: Liberation was one of those Little Games That Could. It debuted as an exclusive for Sony's PlayStation Vita, a risky gamble to diversify the cast of leading characters in Ubisoft's historical action franchise. However, it wound up being a surprising success on the Vita, and … » 1/15/14 10:00am 1/15/14 10:00am

​Taking Down a Slave Ship in Assassin's Creed IV's DLC Isn't Easy

Boarding a slave ship and liberating its human cargo is probably the most satisfying thing you can do in the new Freedom Cry DLC for Assassin's Creed IV. It's also one of the toughest. Take a look at how this naval battle to free slaves almost ended in tears. » 12/23/13 7:30pm 12/23/13 7:30pm

A Game That Showed Me My Own Black History

The newest chapter of the Assassin's Creed series gives me some of the things I've always wanted in a video game: a heroic fantasy that lets me control a warrior fighting against slavery. Part of it happens in Haiti, where my parents were born. Characters talk in Antillean Kreyol, the mosaic tongue made of French and… » 12/19/13 3:00pm 12/19/13 3:00pm

Assassin's Creed IV's Freedom Cry Add-On Is the Good Kind of DLC

People like to rag on downloadable content. It's a boondoggle, detractors say. A crass way to get extra cash for a chunk of a game that should've just been included on the disk. That's true in many cases. But Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry is the better brand of add-on, one where developers' experimentation with the… » 12/17/13 6:00pm 12/17/13 6:00pm

Assassin’s Creed IV’s DLC Offers a Very Different Kind of Rebellion

All those islands in the Caribbean that are plush vacation spots now? They used to be colonies, outposts for imperial powers that were replete with inhumane slave labor. Some of these places exploded—sometimes into self-rule—with violent uprisings and rebellions. The new add-on—out tomorrow—for Assassin's Creed IV:… » 12/16/13 12:44pm 12/16/13 12:44pm

You're An Escaped Slave In Assassin’s Creed IV’s Freedom's Cry DLC

A while back, Ubisoft said that Assassin’s Creed IV would have an add-on campaign focused on Adewale, the former slave who serves as first mate on Edward Kenway’s the Jackdaw. The trailer above offers the first glimpse at the Freedom’s Cry expansion and, as you can see, it’s going to be markedly different than the… » 10/08/13 12:00pm 10/08/13 12:00pm

Two New Glimpses of Assassin's Creed‘s Heroine in Black Flag

We found out last month that Aveline, the star of Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, would return in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, but only on PlayStation. Ubisoft has now shared a couple of screens of her in action and explains how exploring her memories fits with the game's larger narrative. » 7/30/13 11:00am 7/30/13 11:00am

Assassin’s Creed’s Only Heroine is Playable in Assassin’s Creed IV

Ubisoft has confirmed reports that Aveline—the bi-racial heroine from Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation— will be jumping from the PlayStation Vita to the PS3 and PS4. » 6/12/13 6:00pm 6/12/13 6:00pm

What In The World Do Video Game Writers Do? The Minds Behind Some Of…

What does a games writer do, exactly? What is a writer's job? If we're talking about a writer on a movie or the author of a book, it's easy for us to figure out on our own what exactly that person is doing. But when we look at the writer of a video game, things become a bit more cloudy. » 3/05/13 5:00pm 3/05/13 5:00pm

This Assassin’s Creed Heroine Is a Great Black Game Character. Here’s…

The odds should've been against Assassin's Creed III: Liberation. It starred a woman—specifically the half-black, half-French heroine Aveline du Grandpre. And it was an exclusive on the PlayStation Vita, a system that many people see as a sadly under-supported platform. » 2/27/13 9:00am 2/27/13 9:00am

The Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Soundtrack Is A Stealthy Success

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation , the new portable entry in Ubisoft's popular historical adventure series, offers up a few genuine surprises. It's impressive how well Ubisoft managed to cram a fully-packed Assassin's world onto the handheld PSVita, and players might be surprised at the myriad ways that historical… » 11/15/12 8:30pm 11/15/12 8:30pm

Aveline's Backstory And Ass-Kicking Ability Shine In This Assassin's…

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation stars Aveline, a woman who winds her way through every social stratum in colonial New Orleans. She is, from everything we've seen so far, a devastatingly effective Assassin. » 10/18/12 12:00pm 10/18/12 12:00pm