Good news for Assassin’s Creed fans – Ubisoft has unveiled two new instalments for the series – Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD, and Assassin’s Creed Pirates. Announced during Ubisoft’s Digital Days event, Liberation HD is a console remake of the highly acclaimed PlayStation Vita title, while Pirates is a brand new mobile title revolving around naval combat similar to that introduced in Assassin’s Creed III.
Developed by Ubisoft Paris, Assassin’s Creed Pirates is a brand new story set in the Assassin’s Creed universe. Taking place in 1716, during the “Golden Age of piracy”, players navigate the Caribbean as Alonzo Batilla, a young and ambitious Captain attempting to find a mysterious pirate treasure hidden by La Buse.
Players can navigate the open world in the relative safety of their own ship, as well as ”manage their crew, upgrade their ship, recruit new crew member and engage in huge real-time naval battles.” What’s more, Pirates will feature realistic weather systems and a day/night cycle that directly impacts gameplay. While further touch-screen mechanics are yet to be detailed, Ubisoft Paris is developing a brand new mobile engine specifically for the game, which will bring ”… groundbreaking 3D visuals to smartphones and tablets.”
Although Pirates takes place during the same time frame as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the title is completely standalone. It will launch late 2013 for mobile and tablet platforms.
Assassin’s Creed Liberation launched in October last year for the PS Vita, gaining mixed – but generally positive – reviews. The story takes place between 1765 and 1777, chronicling the journey of African-French Assassin Aveline de Grandpre, the Assassin’s Creed franchise’s first playable female protagonist. The game itself takes place near the end of The French and Indian War, around Louisiana.
Developed by Ubisoft Sofia, the HD remake is set to improve a large number of elements within the game, including “… a complete graphical overhaul, re-mastered music and sound effects, a revamped gameplay experience, and new missions that dive deeper into Aveline’s story.” Missions that relied on the Vita’s touch mechanics will be removed, likely replaced by the “new missions”.
Liberations HD will release in 2014 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC as a digital download title.
Videos sourced from IGN.