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A central theme to all of the Assassin’s Creed games is one of freedom. The Assassins and Templars are at each other’s throats because each faction believes human freedom is attainable in two very different ways. Aside from this larger franchise plot, each game has subplots that are also drenched in the notion of freedom: in Assassin’s Creed III, Connor was fighting for the freedom of his Native American people while The New World fought for its own freedom from the British monarchy.

If you’re wondering how Ubisoft plans to reinterpret the history of pirates so that it fits into their series’ main theme of freedom, then wonder no more. Here’s a new trailer that sets up the historical background for upcoming Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Incidentally, the trailer after the jump was what Ubisoft used to open their initial presentation of the game to journalists back in February. They have, however, added a sneaky helping of new gameplay footage to the end of it, which is great because otherwise it’d be a trailer of dull coloured, still images with a very serious narrator providing information. That sort of stuff doesn’t sell video games; flashy gameplay clips played against a swirling orchestral score does though!

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