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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag collector's editions revealed, gameplay trailer released

A set of collector's editions in Europe and North America and a new VIP-only program for Assassin's Creed: 4 Black Flag were revealed by Ubisoft today, alongside the game's first gameplay trailer.

Assassin's Creed 4 will have four different collector's editions in the UK and Ireland, and one in North America, depending on which method consumers use to preorder and purchase the game. The "Black Chest" edition is exclusive to Ubisoft's proprietary Uplay network and includes "everything a true Assassin's Creed fan could desire," including a diorama figurine of protagonist Captain Edward Kenway, an art book, and all of the existing unlockable in-game content available in the other versions.

Other collector's editions include the "Buccaneer Edition," which will be available at Game in the UK and Gamestop, the "Skull Edition," available market-wide in the UK, and the "Special Edition," which is exclusive to Game in the UK and Xtravision in Ireland. Gamers in North America can order the "Black Island" pack through Gamestop. The contents of all five editions are listed at the bottom of this post.

Ubisoft has also announced "The Watch," a VIP program available for customers who pre-order the game from the Uplay service, Game and Amazon in the UK or Gamestop in Ireland. The Watch grants bonus content and a deeper look at the world of the Assassin's Creed series, and members will be able to "take part in an exclusive quest designed specifically for VIP members."

All of this comes alongside the release of a new trailer that shows new assassin Edward in action on the high seas and his various ports of call, with naval combat featured alongside the series' usual face-to-face assassinations.

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is scheduled for release October 29 in North America and November 1 in Europe, on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Wii U and Windows PC.

The Black Chest Edition (Uplay exclusive)

  • Premium Quality 55 cm Diorama of Captain Edward on the Jackdaw’s Bow
  • Exclusive SteelBook™
  • High-quality artbook
  • The official soundtrack
  • 2 Lithographs in their protective envelope
  • 2 canvas prints
  • All existing additional Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
  • Unlockable In-Game Content, including single player missions, skins and weapons
  • Collector’s box
  • Physical pirate booty: Parchment world map and an original Black Flag replica

The Buccaneer Edition (exclusive to Game in the UK & Gamestop in Ireland)

  • Premium Quality Edward Kenway Figurine on the Jackdaw’s Crow’s Nest
  • High-quality artbook
  • The official soundtrack
  • 2 Lithographs in their protective envelope
  • Collector’s box
  • Additional Unlockable In-game Content

The Skull Edition (UK market-wide)

  • Collector Jumbo Steel Case
  • High-quality artbook
  • The official soundtrack
  • 2 Lithographs in their protective envelope
  • Unlockable In-game Content

The Special Edition (exclusive to Game in the UK & Xtravision in Ireland)

  • Unlockable in-game content only available at game launch.

The Black Island Pack (available in North America at Gamestop)

  • The dark and dangerous treasure-hunting quest: Black Island
  • The deadly Black Ship
  • Legendary silver flintlock pistols used by Captain Morgan
  • Valuable multiplayer items including Captain Morgan’s costume, picture, and title

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