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Published on February 6th, 2014 | by Ithika

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Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry breaks free

Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry, originally planned as DLC for Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, has been upgraded to a stand alone game, Ubisoft announced today.

Freedom Cry will land on Playstation 3 and 4 on February 19 and PC on February 25.  The title will be exclusive to Sony’s consoles, a Ubisoft representative revealed to Gamespot.

If you aren’t familiar with Adewale, he’s the Quartermaster of the Jackdaw in Black Flag.  Ade often serves as a moral compass to Edward, who, unlike Adewale, is more or less without principles or a higher purpose.  Freedom Cry is the tale of what befalls the enigmatic Quartermaster after the events of AC IV.

Assassin's Creed : Freedom Cry

Everybody loves Ade!

After being shipwrecked in Haiti, Adewale, now a trained assassin, is confronted once again with the ugliness of slavery.  Fighting to regain his freedom, Adewale fights to free slaves and deal justice to slavers.  Like Edward before him, Ade will eventually take hold of a ship, although unlike Edward, I think he will use it to dispense violent retribution.

Assassin’s Creed : Black Flag had quite a few well-developed NPCs within it, and I am glad that Adewale has been given more than simple DLC.  He’s a compelling and nuanced character, and I can’t wait to see how his story unfolds.  How Ubisoft deals with the loaded and important issues contained within the plot will be interesting to see – the appropriate handling of sensitive issues is one of many ways that video games can move forward as a form of storytelling.

Freedom Cry, originally $10 as DLC, will be $15 as a stand alone experience.

(Next up, Mary Read, eh?)

 

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Ithika

Ithika is full of enthusiasm about, frankly, a lot of things. She started gaming at the tender age of 6 on a secondhand Atari Lynx, and it was pretty much all over from there. A Nintendo girl at heart but a Playstation girl in reality, Ithika has a strong preference for adventure and swashbuckling over just about anything else. Amazingly, she managed to stay focused for long enough to finish two degrees, and now she's (almost) an architect. Don't mess with her - she keeps a Charizard in her pocket.



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