Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is shaking its booty today with a new gameplay trailer, and the unveiling of five different collector's editions to plunder; one for North America, and four for EMEA territories - that's Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Ubisoft also revealed a VIP pre-order program bonus for the UK and Ireland.

As for North America, Ubisoft has the GameStop Edition which includes the 'Black Island Pack,' which offers a few in-game items to fill your boots with. It includes the Black Island quest, the Black Ship, Captain Morgan's silver flintlock pistols, and multiplayer items that include the good cap's costume, picture, and title. If you're after something more physical, GameStop pre-orders also bundle in a Todd McFarlane-designed collectible poster.

Now onto the EMEA region, where the biggest treasure trove is the Black Chest edition, only obtainable via Ubisoft's Uplay service. It includes - take a deep breath - a 55cm Captain Edward diorama, an exclusive steelbook, an artbook, a soundtrack, two lithographs, two canvas prints, all "existing additional" in-game content that can be unlocked, a collector's box, parchment world map, and an "original Black Flag replica" - and breathe.

If you can't hold your breath that long, you can always try the Buccaneer Edition, which includes the artbook, soundtrack, lithographs, in-game content, collector's box, and an Edward Kenway Figure. That's available at GAME in the UK and GameStop in Ireland. Another UK option that's market-wide is the Skull Edition, which swaps out the Kenway figure and collector's box for a "Jumbo Steel Case." Finally, the standard-price Special Edition comes with all the existing additional unlockable in-game doodads, and it can only be found at GAME in the UK and Xtravision in Ireland.

On top of all those pieces of eight, Ubisoft has a VIP program as a pre-order bonus at GAME and Amazon in the UK, and GameStop in Ireland, or via uPlay. The program, rather menacingly called 'The Watch,' grants access to "additional information, bonus content, rewards," and an exclusive quest. You can find rustle up more info on The Watch here.
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UBISOFT® UNVEILS ASSASSIN'S CREED® IV BLACK FLAG COLLECTOR'S EDITIONS FOR EMEA TERRITORIES

LONDON, UK - March 25, 2013 - Today, Ubisoft® announced details for the Assassin's Creed® IV Black Flag Collector's Editions, available exclusively in EMEA territories for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®4 from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Nintendo Wii U™ system and Windows PC versions of the game, along with a new online VIP program called THE WATCH. The editions are as follows (full details below):

· The Black Chest Edition (Uplay exclusive)

· The Buccaneer Edition (exclusive to Game in the UK & GameStop in Ireland)

· The Skull Edition (available UK market-wide)

· The Special Edition (exclusive to Game in the UK & Xtravision in Ireland)



THE WATCH: A new VIP program accessible as a pre-order bonus
In addition to exclusive bonus in-game content for customers who pre-order, a unique activation code will also be provided via select UK retail (Game, Amazon and GameStop in Ireland) or Uplay, granting access to the Assassin's Creed VIP program: THE WATCH. THE WATCH offers unique content that goes deeper into the Assassin's Creed universe, granting exclusive access to additional information, bonus content, rewards and the opportunity to take part in an exclusive quest designed specifically for VIP members. Customers who register for THE WATCH will become a member of a select community of Assassin's Creed fans who can participate in online discussions, upload their own content and compare their skills and achievements! More information can be found here: http://www.assassinscreed.com/thewatch


A new high quality figurine, Edward Kenway: The Assassin Pirate, is also available for pre-orders starting today on Uplay, displaying Edward in a Mayan ruin, ready to fire his guns at his opponents. This premium collectible item will also include bonus in-game weapons and skins and will be on sale in October 2013.


Collector's Edition Details
The Black Chest Edition (Uplay exclusive)
This prestigious edition includes everything a true Assassin's Creed fan could desire and a very limited quantity is available for pre-order exclusively via Uplay by visiting: http://shop.ubi.com/AC4BF

- Premium Quality 55 cm Diorama of Captain Edward on the Jackdaw's Bow

- Exclusive SteelBook™

- High-quality artbook

- The official soundtrack

- 2 Lithographs in their protective envelope

- 2 canvas prints

- All existing additional Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Unlockable In-Game Content, including single player missions, skins and weapons

- Collector's box

- Physical pirate booty:

o Parchment world map

o An original Black Flag replica


The Buccaneer Edition (exclusive to Game in the UK & Gamestop in Ireland)
This premium edition offers a selection of essential physical and digital items for fans:

- Premium Quality Edward Kenway Figurine on the Jackdaw's Crow's Nest

- High-quality artbook

- The official soundtrack

- 2 Lithographs in their protective envelope

- Collector's box

- Additional Unlockable In-game Content


The Skull Edition (UK market-wide)
This edition includes physical and digital content for the Assassin's Creed enthusiast:
- Collector Jumbo Steel Case

- High-quality artbook

- The official soundtrack

- 2 Lithographs in their protective envelope

- Unlockable In-game Content


The Special Edition (exclusive to Game in the UK & Xtravision in Ireland)
This special edition will be available at the standard price and includes unlockable in-game content only available at game launch.


Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates.


For more information on Assassin's Creed, please visit: assassinscreed.com and facebook.com/assassinscreed.


About Assassin's Creed:
Initially launched in 2007, the first five Assassin's Creed games have sold more than 55 million units worldwide, and the franchise is now established as one of the best-selling series ever. Recognized for having some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry, Assassin's Creed transcends video games, branching out into other entertainment experiences including comic books, mobile games, novels, as well as a feature-length movie currently in development.


About Ubisoft:
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 26 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2011-12 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,061 million. To learn more, please visit: www.ubisoftgroup.com.


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