By: Martin Gaston
In North America, customers who preorder Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag at GameStop will gain access to The Black Island Pack. This gives players an additional treasure-hunting quest at Black Island, access to the Black Ship, special silver flintlock pistols used by Captain Morgan for single-player, and additional Captain Morgan items for use in multiplayer. Customers will also get a poster designed by comic artist Todd McFarlane.
In Europe, four additional versions of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag are being made available: the Special Edition, Skull Edition, Buccaneer Edition, and Black Chest Edition.
The Black Chest Edition is exclusive to the Uplay store and comes with a 55cm model of protagonist Captain Edward Kenway on the bow of his ship, the Jackdaw. There’s also a parchment copy of the game’s world map, and a real-life replica of the Black Flag. A steelbook copy of the game is also included, which contains an artbook, a soundtrack, two lithograph and two canvas prints, and unspecified additional in-game content. The contents are enclosed in a custom, special-edition box.
The Buccaneer Edition, meanwhile, is exclusive to Game in the UK and GameStop in Ireland. It contains the Edward Kenway figurine, artbook, soundtrack, two lithograph prints, a collector’s box, and additional content.
The Skull Edition, which is available across all participating retailers, includes a jumbo steel case alongside the artbook, soundtrack, in-game content, and two lithograph prints.
Ubisoft’s Uplay Store is pricing the Black Chest Edition at £109.99, the Buccaneer Edition at £69.99, and the Skull Edition at £54.99.
Finally, there’s the Special Edition, which contains exclusive content and is available only through Game in the UK and XtraVision in Ireland. It’s available at standard RRP for customers who preorder the game, and promises additional content at launch.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will be released for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and Wii U this October. Ubisoft has also released the first gameplay footage of the game.