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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag's Freedom Cry DLC hits next week

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag's Freedom Cry downloadable content will be released next week, Ubisoft announced today.

According to a post today on Ubisoft's official blog, Freedom Cry will be available Dec. 17 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC in North America. In Europe, the nine-mission, self-contained story will be available for Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC Dec. 17. It will become available for PS3 and PS4 Dec. 18. In October, a Ubisoft representative confirmed to Polygon that Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag DLC will not come to Wii U.

Freedom Cry will be available for $9.99 and at no extra cost to those who purchased the game's season pass.

Revealed in October, Freedom Cry follows the adventures of Adewale, a former slave and Edward Kenway's second-in-command in the main campaign.

"Set 15 years after the end of Black Flag, Freedom Cry stars an older Adewale, who has since stepped out of Kenway's shadow to become a seasoned Assassin and valued member of the Brotherhood," Ubisoft communications manager Gary Steinman wrote. "When the DLC begins, Adewale is shipwrecked in St. Domingue (modern-day Haiti), where he comes face to face with some of the most brutal slavery in the West Indies. As he makes his way through St. Domingue, Port-au-Prince and the surrounding seas, Adewale will counter the abominable cruelty festering in the region with his own ruthless justice, delivered via bloody machete, powerful blunderbuss — and while aboard his fearsome brig Experto Crede."

Today's announcement confirms information recently published in a digital edition of Game Informer. Check out Polygon's Assassin's Creed: Black Flag review to learn more about the game.