Pretty Soon You Won’t Need Assassin’s Creed IV to Play Freedom Cry

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Don’t own a full copy of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag? No big deal. Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry, previously released as a downloadable add-on for Black Flag, will soon break loose from its DLC shackles and claim its freedom as a standalone digitally downloaded game. And by soon I mean February 18th on PS3 and PS4, and February 25th on PC. Notice how I didn’t say Xbox? Ubisoft hasn’t announced any plans for a standalone release on Xbox consoles, so if you game on the 360 or One you’re still going to need AC4 proper to play the add-on.

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The standalone version of Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry will sell for $14.99, five bucks more than the same content costs as an add-on. Freedom Cry does introduce a new playable character along with a new set of weapons (Adewale’s machete and blunderbuss are a lethal combo), as well as new single-player missions and environments, but it’s also only around three to four hours long according to Ubisoft. Is that enough content to justify a standalone release at a slight premium? It’s hard to say having not played the game, but I do like the idea. For those who may be cautious about diving into AC4 after the mess that was AC3, playing Freedom Cry on its own could be a good entry point to sample the new Caribbean golden age of pirates setting without jumping straight to the full game.

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