On February 18, Ubisoft will release a stand-alone version of the Freedom Cry expansion to Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag for $14.99 on the PlayStation 3 and 4, and on the PC on February 25. Purchasing the game on its own will not require prospective players to own a copy of Black Flag.
The game features “a new hero, new environments and new weapons,” according to Tony Key, Ubisoft’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. This decision to put out Freedom Cry as a stand-alone release intends to appeal to not only fans but also “newcomers to the Assassin’s Creed universe,” according to Key.
Assassin’s Creed games have always featured fantastical historical fiction narratives, and the franchise has recently widened its focus to span a variety of countries and cultures, beyond the classic Western European locations that so often appear in videogames. Freedom Cry is no exception: the protagonist, Adéwalé, is a former slave from Trinidad who becomes a pirate and, later, a trained assassin. Adéwalé’s various weapons include a machete and a blunderbuss, and his story revolves around freeing other slaves and taking down slave owners across the Caribbean.