You may be able to spot a copy of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag in the wild, a few days before release. Rather than getting cranky, Ubisoft has taken a new approach that won’t give earlybirds an advantage, nor penalise them for being in the right place at the right time.
In an unusual move, Ubisoft Montreal has opened up the game’s multiplayer servers a few days early, so early gamers can get in on the action. However, there’s a catch.
Multiplayer ladders, which record your success in playing competitive matches, will be reset at the game’s official launch. Basically, you can play as much as you want now, and you’ll gain plenty of experience, but your character will start back at the bottom rung with the rest of the world when Black Flag hits shelves.
We won’t reset gained levels as that is unfair on people who legitimately bought the game. Those in the wrong are the retailers.
The players currently playing haven’t done anything wrong. Retailers have sent out copies early and we don’t believe in punishing innocent[s].
If your local retailer’s not one who’s stocking the game early, don’t worry: Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag isn’t far off. The game hits PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 worldwide on October 29th, but if you want it on PC, PS4, Wii U or Xbox One, you’ll be waiting until some time next month.