Those Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Trailers So Far

By John Walker on September 12th, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

Ubisoft released another live action trailer for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag this week, about six months since the first trailer the game received. So I thought it would be an opportune time to take a look at the trails for the game so far.

Just saying.

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  1. BobbyDylan says:

    I think I broke my mouse wheel.

  2. phelix says:

    Sweet Jesus. How much percent of the budget did they actually spend on the game itself?

    • db1331 says:

      The could probably save a few million just by releasing one 3-second video that simply says, “It’s pirates this time guys.” People will still buy it. AC is like Madden for me. The games are far too similar to play them every year. But if I take a couple years off in between each game, and only pay $5 for them, I can usually enjoy it for a time. They really are some of the most repetitive games ever made, though. Right now I’m probably around halfway through Brotherhood. I don’t think I’ve touched it in around 6 months though.

  3. PopeRatzo says:

    Gee, is it time for an ACIVBF trailer retrospective already? Where does the time go?

  4. mrwout says:

    Goddamit Walker, you almost crashed my browser! (Twice actually since I had to log in and return to this page to post this darned comment …)

  5. Lord_Mordja says:

    Well, the good news is, there’s no need to buy the game now because they must have shown the entire thing in trailers.

    • briangw says:

      Or maybe the map is so large (like GTA 5), that we have only been shown 1/12 of the game.

  6. Scumbag says:

    Scroll past 5 trailers: Yep, that’s kinda expected.
    Scroll past 10 trailers: Yeah they do go overboard. Ubisoft you crazy people you!
    Scroll past 15: This is getting silly.
    Scroll past 20: Ok stop!
    25: WHY WHY WHY?
    Get to 29 trailers: Did I count that right? 29 trailers for something yet to be released?

    In the cold darkness of the future there are only marketing budgets.

    • Henke says:

      In a little over half a year, no less! The first one was unveiled March 4. :|

    • RobinOttens says:

      That’s one trailer for each individual Ubisoft studio working on this game?

      On the other hand I think I can count all trailers for Rayman Leguns using just five fingers.

      • JR says:

        Which is even more tragic since it’s a fantastic game that apparently no one bought.

    • Scumbag says:

      And because everyone else seems to be commenting about how they have watched none or want to watch them all at once, I tried to watch them all at once, and I tried to film it:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfE9m1sCe2k&feature=youtu.be

      My brain hurts.

      • Apocalypse says:

        Someone should paste them into a grid layout, so that we actually can SEE them all at once.

      • Skabooga says:

        I may not have time to watch 29 different trailers separately, but I had just enough time to watch them all together. Ubisoft missed out on its marketing strategy.

  7. v_ware says:

    And I haven’t even watched a single one of them.

  8. Moni says:

    I want to play all the videos at the same time. How do you make one of those videos where you have loads of videos each in a little square all on one screen?

  9. Low Life says:

    At least there’s still plenty of time to make more.

  10. stahlwerk says:

    A veritable Park of Trailers.

  11. Turkey says:

    They did the same thing with Splinter Cell, so maybe it means they don’t view AssCreed as a sure thing anymore?

    • Moni says:

      Funnily, it works the other way around. They’ll spend more money marketing something that they’re sure will do well.

      If they know it’s tat, they’ll just send it out to die without anyone knowing about it.

      • KevinLew says:

        I don’t agree. Nowadays, the amount of hype on a game seems to correspond to how much money they spent in development on it. Games that are sure-sells don’t hype it this badly; Call of Duty doesn’t have this many pre-launch trailers. If anything, this urgent need to constantly promote your game seems to imply that there’s something wrong with it, and you’re just trying to get preorder money before the negative reviews tank your sales.

        • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

          To all intents and purposes it’s a point and click old school adventure with sumptious graphical bits.

          I think they tried to make it as real time maritime/fighting/swimming sandbox and are shouting so loud that it is to detract from the fact it is a point and click adveture. Sure you can approach objectives from a different path every time but you still just click the mouse when required¬

          • Nest says:

            How are these games even a little bit similar to point and click graphical adventures? You have no inventory to speak of, items can’t be combined with one another, theres nothing in the way of puzzles or problem solving, and you always know exactly what to do next and where to go next, because the game constantly tells you what to do. There are no dialogue choices in conversations apart from the occasional QTE inserted into cutscenes, and you can’t talk to any of the characters in the game unless they are shop keepers or it is dictated by a predetermined cutscene.

  12. Craig Pearson says:

    I have it on good authority that there’s another one coming out this evening.

    • Keymonk says:

      If Scumbag was right in his calculations, at least that means it’s a round number. Hopefully that’ll be a good place for them to stop.

  13. Keymonk says:

    Every time I thought I was near the end… I wasn’t.

  14. Shantara says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYP4wKD-6J8
    It’s fan-made, but awesome enough to be posted here.

    • Apocalypse says:

      More awesome than the last one, I really should try to free some time for Parkour training, but than such extra time could be used for more historic fencing training either. #firstworldproblems

  15. Astalnar says:

    Christ allmighty! Just seeing all those trailers at one place is too much.

  16. Alexander says:

    I know almost nothing about this game. I don’t think I’ve watched a single trailer.

  17. Whiskey Jak says:

    Soooo…. I can’t be the only one silly enough to start them all at once? Am I?

  18. Makariel says:

    I think I just saw the event horizon.

  19. analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

    Run unchallenged then left click to capture fort, make sure you click when it say’s ‘click to capture fort’ otherwise you may have to wait a few seconds till the on screen prompt says ‘click to capture fort’ again.

    God this looks dull, really really dull……………………………………..

  20. dsch says:

    Ah, the RPS circle wank is on.

  21. Yaksha says:

    I though it was agreed that we would be calling this game ‘AssFlag’?

  22. ralph_plauren says:

    Surely by reposting all these links you have just given each trailer more views, and will maybe add to any data that Ubisoft collect regarding how effective this marketing is ?

    If your point is to say this is excessive… it is strange that you would link to all the videos. surely this is exactly what the Ubisoft marketing people want. Another thing to note is that I think RPS dutifully makes a post when each new trailer is released, so you are just feeding the media beast.

    Given the success of the Assassins Creed games, this seems like a good strategy. It just seems weird to me that you would slyly criticise the marketing of a game, while actively helping to market it.

    • dmastri says:

      Meh. Whether RPS posts these or not Ubisoft is still going to make them. I wonder what percentage of us actually watch any of them. I’ve yet to; AssCreed has never been my bag, first one bored me to tears and that was the end of that.

  23. Dingbatwhirr says:

    AssFlag has more trailers than the Deep South…

  24. ecma says:

    This is why RPS is the only gaming site I read, no one else has the balls to call it how it is. A little honesty is good for the industry.