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Ubisoft has lifted the embargo on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and as such, reviews are starting to pour in. You can find a roundup of verdicts below.

CVG – 9 / 10
DigitalSpy – 4 / 5
EDGE – 9 / 10
Eurogamer – 9 / 10
GameInformer – 8.25 / 10
GameSpot – 9 / 10
GamesRadar – 4.5 / 5
IGN – 8.5 / 10
Joystiq – 4 / 5
Kotaku – “Yes”
NintendoWorldReport – 9.0 / 10
NowGamer – 8 / 10
Polygon – 7.5 / 10
Shacknews – 8 / 10
Videogamer – 7 / 10

Ubisoft may have plans to take its Splinter Cell franchise into the television space. Last Wednesday, the publisher filed a new Splinter Cell trademark for the use of “continuing television programs and interactive television programs”. The filing encompasses the production and distribution of Splinter Cell TV shows and motion pictures while also covering the comedy, drama, live-action, and animation genres.

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag includes naval battles throughout the campaign. However, even though this feature has been one of the more well-received elements in the game, players won’t have the opportunity to participate in ship battles online.

Speaking with Examiner, lead game designer Tim Browne explained that the team did explore the possibility. But there is a significant roadblock in the form of technical limitations, and Browne questions whether online naval battles would represent the essence of Assassin’s Creed multiplayer in any case.

He said:


Ubisoft is shipping Just Dance Kids 2014 to stores across North America today. It’s out now on both Wii U and Wii for $29.99.

You can find the release date announcement, including the full tracklist, below. A launch trailer is posted above.