by Joseph Leray
The PlayStation 3 and 4 versions of "Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag" will be privy to a clutch of exclusive missions featuring Aveline de Grandpré, the mixed-race heroine of "Assassin's Creed III: Liberation," according to publisher Ubisoft.
According to game director Ashraf Ismail, the Sony-exclusive deal will feature three different missions totaling about an hour of extra content, and "Liberation" writer Jill Murray has reprised her role to flesh out Aveline's story.
"It's a ways forward, so Aveline is a bit older," says "Black Flag" writer Darby McDevitt. "It's not directly related to the end of her story. If 'Assassin’s Creed IV' is like a novel, Aveline’s missions are like a short story.”
That said, I wouldn't expect Aveline and "Black Flag"'s Edward Kennway to cross paths: "Liberation" takes place two generations or so after "Black Flag," and these new missions are even later. At first blush, these seem like independent side missions that won't impact the swashbuckling main story.
Aveline's missions in "Black Flag" -- like everything weird or incongruous in "Assassin's Creed" -- is made possible by some roundabout Abstergo Animus handwaving, according to the post on Ubisoft's blog. More to the point, Aveline's new lease on digital life is likely a result of Ubisoft's deal to make "Liberation" a PS Vita game, now apparently paying dividends in the form of PlayStation 3-exclusive missions, which may be enough to sway some platform-agnostic neck-stabbing fans.
Very tricksy, Sony. Very tricksy, indeed.
In other "Black Flag" news, the hype-yacht has plenty of wind its sails in the run-up to this holiday season: just this month, Ubisoft have hosted a press event, released a trailer, showed off a 13-minute gameplay session, attended San Diego Comic-Con, and, finally, sent over a batch of puppetry-themed screenshots.
Joseph Leray is a freelance writer from Nashville. Follow him on Twitter