Adewale's quest for freedom won't be confined by gamers' preconceived notions of what DLC is. Ubisoft has decided that Freedom's Call, originally planned to be released solely as single-player DLC for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, will also be released as a stand-alone game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC. Yes, Adewale's journey can be picked up without having to own Black Flag at a price of $14.99.
Ubisoft Marketing VP Tony Key might be a robot:
"We decided to release Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry as a stand-alone game for both fans and newcomers to the Assassin’s Creed universe. Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry delivers key elements of an Assassin’s Creed game, including a new hero, new environments and new weapons."
All around I see this as a positive decision from Ubisoft. First, it will provide access to players who may not have purchased the original Black Flag or for players who may jump from one platform or another. Second, and this one is more important to me, it's Ubisoft saying they believe in the quality of their DLC so much that it deserves to be treated like its own product. How many pieces of DLC can do that? Not enough, I think. Hopefully Ubisoft keeps making more DLC like Freedom's Cry.
Pick up Assassin's Creed: Freedom's Cry on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 starting February 18, followed by its release on PC starting February 25. Freedom's Cry is already available as DLC for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag on Xbox Live, PSN and PC. No word on the stand-alone game coming to Xbox 360 or Xbox One. I wonder if it has to do with how difficult it is to publish digital games via Microsoft's services.
Freedom's Cry announcement trailer - YouTube