By Patrick Shaw | 02-28-2013 | 12:00PM

Ubisoft officially confirmed Thursday that the next numbered installment in its immensely-popular Assassin’s Creed franchise will be a pirate-themed adventure titled Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

The company also released the official box artwork for the game, which gives us our first glimpse of Assassin’s Creed’s new hooded protagonist who’s shown aboard a ship standing over a slain man dressed in conventional pirate garb.

The new hero is armed to the teeth with four flintlock pistols, a cutlass and the series’ trademark retractable wrist blade. You can also see a black flag waving in the background bearing the insignia of the Assassin Order as well as the traditional jolly roger skull.

On Tuesday, Kotaku also reported on alleged marketing material for Assassin’s Creed IV that originally appeared on Reddit. That concept artwork features an illustration of the game’s new hero engaged in maritime battle with bearded pirates.

While Ubisoft hasn’t discussed the exact historical period Black Flag is set in, it is likely the game takes place sometime during the late 17th century during the “Golden Age of Piracy.”

No solid release date for Assassin’s Creed IV has been confirmed thus far, but earlier this month Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot explained that it will come out during the next fiscal period, which could be anywhere from April 2013 to March 2014. The game will be available on a variety of platforms including PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and WiiU. The PlayStation 3 version, however, will include “60 minutes of exclusive gameplay” not available on other systems.

While details on ACIV are scarce at the moment, Ubisoft has promised to divulge more concrete information about the game on Monday, March 4th at 9:00AM PST. So mark your calendars!


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