We are officially in the fall season of 2013 therefore an Assassin’s Creed game is upcoming. In addition to the game itself, Ubisoft announced a Season Pass offering a 20% savings from piecemeal purchases of the game’s DLC by offering all of the DLC for $19.99 via a Season Pass. 

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flagreleases on October 29, 2013 for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii U. The game will be a launch title for the Xbox One and Playstation 4.

 

The announcement’s focus is on the spin off single player story dubbed Freedom Cry. The tale centers on Adewale a born slave who lived free as the second in command pirate with AC IV Black Flag’s progtagonist, Edward Kenway. Adewale is drawn into the plight of the Maroon slave community in Saint-Domingue. During an estimated 3 hours of gameplay Adewale builds a following to his pirate assassin lifestyle and faces his own slave beginnings while leading a slave revolt. Along the way we pick up historical tidbits such as that Maroon communities were independent settlements of escaped slaves most commonly found in North, South, and Central America as well as in the West Indies.  Check out Freedom Cry’s trailer here

Whereas Assassin’s Creed 3 gave us the DLC single player story of a historic “what if” bestowing supernatural powers on the assassin Connor, the game’s protagonist, as he fought the tyranny of King George Washington. AC IV Black Flag shifts the single player story from the central character by adding a new playable assassin.

Additionally, the revealed content of the Season Pass includes the exclusive Kraken Ship Pack that is not available for individual purchase which includes a sail, wheel, and figurehead inspired by sea monsters as well as new multiplayer characters.

Accessibility Angle:

The content of the Season Pass is an addition to the single player story as well as cosmetic additions to the single and multiplayer games. The Season Pass itself provides no further accessibility but the Assassin’s Creed franchise is one of the more accessible games on the market. The Season Pass is often available before and after the game is released. Therefore, disabled gamers are able to wait until experience with AC IV Black Flag shows the game as accessible to their individual disabilities before purchasing the Season Pass.

Additionally, video promotions of AC IV Black Flag such as the linked trailer above are not accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing without captions. Including captions, or even a copy of the text, in promotional material that includes audio would allow the deaf and hard of hearing to participate in the pre-game hype. 

 

Are you purchasing the Season Pass?  Have you purchased the Season Pass for previous Assassin’s Creed games?

 

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