Ubisoft has announced that Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry, the single-player DLC for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, will be getting a stand-alone release.
Freedom Cry puts players in the shoes of Adewale, the first mate of Assassin’s Creed IV‘s protagonist Edward Kenway, following his being shipwrecked on Haiti. Initially just looking for a way off the island, Adewale quickly becomes embroiled in a battle against slavery.
As to why the decision was made to make this a stand-alone game… well, Ubisoft’s being a little cagey about that. “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,” said Ubi’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, Tony Kay. “Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry delivers key elements of an Assassin’s Creed game, including a new hero, new environments, and new weapons.”
Which doesn’t really say why it was done – only why it was possible to do it. Either way, it might not be a bad one to release stand-alone. When Peter reviewed it as DLC, he described it as being “like Assassin’s Creed IV in miniature”, so for the price of $14.99, I suppose it’s a fairly cheap way of figuring out how you feel about the latest entry in the stealthy stab-’em-up series.
Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry will hit PC as a stand-alone title on 25 February – a week after consoles. It’s available now as DLC for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, for the slightly cheaper price of £7.99 (or $9.99).