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Assassin's Creed 4 Freedom Cry DLC hits Feb. 18 as its own game

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Ubisoft will release the Freedom Cry add-on for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag as a stand-alone game, Assassin's Creed Freedom Cry, later this month on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, the publisher announced today.

Freedom Cry was released in December as a downloadable expansion for Black Flag on PS3, PS4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It is included in the game's DLC season pass, and is being sold separately for $9.99. The stand-alone version — it will not require a copy of Black Flag to play — will be available Feb. 18 on PS3 and PS4, and on Feb. 25 on PC, for $14.99. There's no word yet on whether it will be released in the future on Xbox 360 or Xbox One; we reached out to Ubisoft to ask, and the publisher didn't comment.

Assassin's Creed Freedom Cry is set 15 years after the events of Black Flag and features a new hero, the former slave Adewale, who served as the right-hand man to Black Flag protagonist Edward Kenway. At this point in his life, Adewale has become a trained Assassin himself, and finds himself shipwrecked in Haiti. On his quest to return to the sea, he must help the local population, much of which is mired in the worst slavery seen in the West Indies. Adewale makes an effort to liberate the slaves on Haitian plantations with new weapons like the blunderbuss and machete.

For more on how Freedom Cry's story focuses on the brutal nature of slavery, you can check out our preview from December, and watch the part-live-action, part-CG trailer above.

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