Ubisoft confirms Assassin's Creed Liberation HD and Assassin's Creed: Pirates
We only have a month left until the next big Assassin's Creed game is out (Black Flag - Oct. 29), followed by another big release in the form of Watch Dogs in November, but Ubisoft is showing so signs of slowing down. As a matter of fact, the company has been hard at work, and has two other Creed games in the lineup.
Two titles that began as just a rumor, Ubisoft has now confirmed as actual games - Assassin's Creed: Pirates, and a HD port for Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation, originally a PS Vita exclusive title. First, as it's brand new, lets discuss Pirates.
There's not much known about Pirates, save that it's a mobile game, scheduled to hit iOS and Android platforms sometime this fall. Given the similarities between it and Black Flag, it wouldn't be completely ridiculous to expect a bit of crossover between the games' stories. According to Polygon, the game takes place at the same time as Black Flag, but features a brand new character to the Creed universe.
Neither Assassin or Templar, all around pirate newcomer Alonzo Batilla is searching for the lost treasures of La Buse (the buzzard), a famous French privateer turned pirate who pillaged and plundered all over the Caribbean. Like a number of characters who'll appear in Black Flag, La Buse was an actual pirate. According to legend, he threw a necklace of his into a crowd, promising that whoever could understand the cryptogram enscribed on it would find his treasure.
Going from the trailer seen below, the game is notably absent of the series traditional swordplay and free running, opting more for naval battles and exploration. Expect the game out not far from when Black Flag hits consoles.
Next up, we have the HD port for the first appearance of the female assassin Aveline de Grandpré, Assassin's Creed HD: Liberation. Gameplay wise, it's still very much the same game that hit to Vita as a handheld only title. But the port seeks to change that, ensuring that anyone with a PC, PlayStation 3, or Xbox 360 will know what its like to kick ass the the southern belle.
Sony has confirmed that the HD port will have bonus missions, enhanced gameplay mechanics, improved visuals, re-worked facial animations and a re-mastered soundtrack.
As detailed by the European arm of the PlayStation Blog, "The groundbreaking AnvilNext engine returns to bring the steamy Louisiana bayou and mystical Mayan ruins to incredibly realistic life with its unique tree navigation system, detailed physics simulation and smooth animation.
Assassin's Creed Liberation HD capitalises on the move to more powerful hardware in every possible way with improved graphics, add gameplay bonuses like new missions and re-mastered music and new sound effects!"
An exact release date hasn't been provided yet, but given that Aveline is set to return exclusively in PlayStation versions of Black Flag, expect it around the same time ACIV arrives. Catch a peek at the HD visuals in the trailer below.