High Seas Swashbuckling Revealed in Leaked Assassin’s Creed IV...

High Seas Swashbuckling Revealed in Leaked Assassin’s Creed IV Poster?

The curious piece of supposed marketing you see above may be our first sneaking glimpse at the next installment of Assassin’s Creed.

Sent in to Kotaku by a daring reader, the poster, if legitimate, confirms the game’s title as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and the artwork – which many are positing is by Todd McFarlane’s hand for no other reason than it just resembles his style – not-so-subtly suggests pirates of the “Yo-Ho” variety are a focal point of the story.  The marketing is alleged to start circulating stores by March 4th.

Ubisoft recently revealed that we’d see a sequel sometime before March 2014 and, unlike the chain of spin-offs featuring Ezio after ACII, would revolve around a brand new assassin instead of ACIII’s Conner (sorry, brother).  While its protagonist may be bucked from the spotlight, one would figure Assassin’s Creed III’s surprisingly fun naval warfare can find a more fitting home in the seemingly pirate populated ACIV.

More to ponder, it’s interesting to see Ubisoft pump out another numbered title so soon considering it was once promised a hard number wouldn’t be present unless the game in question significantly advanced the series’ concept.  How significant of an evolution can Black Flag make with an impending March announcement given that ACIII just hit shelves last October?

Who the hell are we kidding?  This is obviously an elaborate hoax perpetrated by Todd McFarlane.

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