Following its current-generation debut on October 29, Assassin's Creed 4 has now officially sailed into a next-generation dock, thanks to the release of its PlayStation 4 incarnation.

Described (by publisher Ubisoft) as the "most beautiful chapter of the franchise to date," and by our own 4/5 star review as "a vibrant historical adventure, drawn from bold characters and edge-of-your-seat sailing," the game offer players the chance to live the life of a pirate who spends his time sailing the high seas, inexplicably avoiding scurvy AND chlamydia, and changing the course of history by stabbing jerks in the neck. Helpfully, this can all be accomplished without being tethered to a TV, as the PS4 iteration of Assassin's Creed 4 supports Vita Remote Play right out of the box.

Ubisoft has also used this opportunity to explain the game's Season Pass, though all the information presented today can also be found in our report from early October.
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Assassin's Creed® IV Black Flag™ Ahhrrrives on PlayStation®4

SAN FRANCISCO - November 12, 2013 - Today, Ubisoft® announced that Assassin's Creed® IV Black Flag™, the latest installment of the award-winning franchise set in the gritty and exotic Golden Age of Pirates, leaps into the next-generation of video games and is now available on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system in North America – rated M for Mature.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is the first Assassin's Creed game leveraging the power of next generation consoles, making this the most beautiful chapter of the franchise to date. On PlayStation 4, gamers will be able to use Remote Play to stream Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag to their PlayStation® Vita handheld entertainment system via WiFi, freeing up the television for other uses.

For a limited time, when gamer buy the disc or digital version of Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag for PlayStation 3 they can download a PlayStation 4 digital copy from the PlayStation Store for a discounted price.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag will release on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and on Windows PC on November 19. Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is now available on PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Wii U™ system from Nintendo.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, 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 a 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 that becomes known as the Golden Age of Pirates.

Ubisoft has also announced the Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Season Pass for $19.99, which includes Freedom Cry – a new, more than four hour, self-contained story featuring Edward Kenway's first mate Adewale, the exclusive Kraken Ship Pack, additional single-player missions, weapons, skins and collectibles, as well as new characters for an expansive multiplayer experience.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Season Pass grants a 20 percent savings off the regular price of each individual downloadable pack included. The Season Pass will be available for PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation®3 system, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

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About Assassin's Creed
Initially launched in 2007, the first five Assassin's Creed games have sold more than 57 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 lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 29 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 2012–13 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of 1.256 billion euros. To learn more, please visit: www.ubisoftgroup.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.