Assassin's Creed games revel in meticulous recreations of historical eras.

Assassin's Creed games revel in meticulous recreations of historical eras. So let's see actual historians discuss the times two newer AC entries were set in. In this video, YouTube series History Respawned takes a look at Liberation and Freedom Cry as reflections of black life in the 18th Century slavery system. »7/02/14 4:39pm7/02/14 4:39pm


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… »3/31/14 12:40pm3/31/14 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,… »2/05/14 12:00pm2/05/14 12:00pm

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,… »1/15/14 10:00am1/15/14 10:00am

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 6:00pm12/17/13 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 12:44pm12/16/13 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 12:00pm10/08/13 12:00pm

What In The World Do Video Game Writers Do? The Minds Behind Some Of Last Year's Biggest Games Explain.

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 5:00pm3/05/13 5:00pm

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 8:30pm11/15/12 8:30pm