Video Gaming: Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry

 

One of my biggest complaints with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was that I rarely actually cared about Edward’s story as I sailed across the Caribbean. Well, I’m happy to say that the Freedom Cry DLC tells the emotional story of Adewale, Edward Kenway’s one-time first mate, as it dives into some heavy, powerful themes of slavery and the true price of freedom. Adewale’s life is very different from that of any other AC protagonist, which makes his journey quite refreshing.       – Marty Siva, IGN.com

Of all the different periods of history and subjects covered by video games, African captivity in the new world has often been overlooked and neglected; the stories of resistance and innumerable rebellions have gone untold. While we see great generals like Nobunaga Oda, a powerful warlord during Japan’s Sengoku period, appearing frequently in historically-themed games as a villain, there has been no presence of historic characters such as Nzinga, the Warrior Queen of Angola, and her heroic battles against the Portuguese. Nothing of Zumbi dos Palmares and his battle to retain a free black republic in the interior of Brazil in the 17th Century. Not even a glimpse of Toussaint Louverture and Dessalines in Haiti who, at one point, drove the French Army off of the island.

That all changed with the Assassin’s Creed chapters Liberation (2012) and Freedom Cry (2013).

Freedom Cry is a single-player downloadable content addition for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. The DLC was released on 17 December 2013 for PSN and Xbox Live, and 19 December for PC. The content is available with the purchase of the Season Pass or as a standalone purchase, and its story spans over the course of 1735 to 1737.[1]

A standalone version of the game, titled Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry was released on 18 February 2014 for PSN and 25 February 2014 for PC. This version allows people to play the game without owning Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, working as a fully fledged downloadable title.

Initial release date: 17 December 2013 (DLC)
PSN release17 December 2013 (DLC)
18 February 2014 (Standalone)
Xbox Live release17 December 2013 (DLC)
PC release19 December 2013 (DLC)
25 February 2014 (Standalone)
Genre: Historic Action-Adventure
Mode: Single-player video game
Platform: Microsoft Windows
Features:Single-player content
ESRB rating:M (Mature)
Media:DLC (Downloadable content)
Digital DownloadFeatures:Single-player content
ESRB rating:M (Mature)
Media:DLC (Downloadable content)
Digital Download