For Adéwalé, freedom isn’t just a vague concept. The charismatic quartermaster who co-starred alongside Edward Kenway in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag was once enslaved himself – until he forged his own path to freedom, then turned to a life of piracy and eventually embraced the Creed. And now he’s taking center stage in the story-driven single-player DLC Freedom Cry, which will be out on December 17 on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Freedom Cry - Adewale

Set 15 years after the end of Black Flag, Freedom Cry stars an older Adéwalé, who has since stepped out of Kenway’s shadow to become a seasoned Assassin and valued member of the Brotherhood. When the DLC begins, Adéwalé is shipwrecked in St. Domingue (modern-day Haiti), where he comes face to face with some of the most brutal slavery in the West Indies. As he makes his way through St. Domingue, Port-au-Prince and the surrounding seas, Adéwalé will counter the abominable cruelty festering in the region with his own ruthless justice, delivered via bloody machete, powerful blunderbuss – and while aboard his fearsome brig Experto Crede.

What drives Adéwalé to get so involved in this local struggle? According to Lead Writer Jill Murray, his choice isn’t as simple as it might seem. “Adéwalé was a slave as a child, and he escaped around the age of 14,” Murray says. “For many people in history who were slaves, once they managed to free themselves, they just wanted to be left alone to live their lives in peace. And so they would turn to subsistence farming, raise a family, that kind of thing. For Adéwalé, he flees to piracy, and he becomes a self-made man with his own idea of liberty that he’s able to maintain throughout his life. I think it’s a very human reaction to not necessarily want to go back and get re-involved with slavery. And, as we see in Black Flag, he does not make freeing other slaves the point of his existence. He chooses piracy, and then he chooses the Creed.”

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Freedom Cry - Adewale

Murray also points out that Adéwalé is from Trinidad, not Haiti. In other words, when he begins Freedom Cry, he finds himself stranded on a strange island populated by, well, strangers. Furthermore, Adéwalé was responsible for his own freedom – so why shouldn’t others also take similar responsibility? And finally, there’s the Creed itself: “Where do the Assassin ideals match up with being involved with conflicts on this scale?” Murray asks. “And where is the Assassin more of the solitary figure?”

As players, we get to follow Adéwalé down this road. “He can try to get off the island as quickly as possible and go back to being an Assassin,” Murray says, “or he can deal head on with systemic slavery and oppression, and try to help the Maroon warriors in their quest for independence.”

This personal conflict plays out in a fully realized single-player quest, featuring the aforementioned new weapons, new gameplay – including freeing slaves and a unique take on the plantation sequences from Black Flag – and, of course, new assassinations. But perhaps best of all, Freedom Cry stars fan-favorite Adéwalé himself – a character that Murray eagerly and fully embraced. “I always think it’s important to keep in mind that a character is first and foremost themselves,” Murray says. “When I write them, I hope they’re never just a stand-in for an issue, and the idea isn’t just to confront this thing.” Instead, Adéwalé is an individual – a ferociously compelling man we admired and adored in Assassin’s Creed IV.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Freedom Cry - Adewale

“We’re still true to how his character was established in Black Flag,” Murray says. “He’s not standing in for every black man who was ever a slave in the 18th century. He’s Adéwalé. He’s the character we know. He has the wit that we’ve come to expect; he has heart. We see him as an older guy. He’s matured and changed in some small ways. I think those are the kinds of character details that always take precedence over pretty much everything else that can happen in the story.”

Freedom Cry was developed by Ubisoft Quebec, and will be available for $9.99 on December 17. Season Pass owners can download it at no additional cost.

For more Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag features, be sure to check out:

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Historical Accuracy vs. Gameplay

Major Players: Edward Kenway

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag in Native 1080p on PlayStation 4

Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag

Assassin's Creed® IV Black Flag

Release date — October 29, 2013
Developer — Ubisoft Montreal
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates.

ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Sexual Themes, Violence, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol
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72 comments
Wale
Wale

Nice story line but Adewale is a Nigeria name why don't you keep it interesting and change it from Trinidad ?

Micael
Micael

PLEASE RESPOND : im gonna have to pay for this new dlc?

Courtney
Courtney

This may be a stupid question so sorry ahead of time if it is haha. I bought the season pass but I can't see where I can start to play as adewale. Normally that type of thing is in the main starting menu. But I don't see it. Thanks so much!

Joe
Joe

The DLC (Freedom Cry) is standalone. If you have purchased the season pass, then you can access it through the main menu, via the "Freedom Cry" option (at least that's where it is on the Xbox One). I do feel it is odd that they gave the AC3 dlc to Wii U users but not Freedom Cry for AC4 Wii U users; however, since it can be standalone play on another console, then playing it on an Xbox, PS, or PC (via Steam) platform is an option.

patrick
patrick

hello, i bought the season pass a while ago while i still had xbox live gold, however i do not have gold now. is it required for me to play freedom cry even though i already payed for season pass? id really like to know since i already spent the money...

JESSE
JESSE

Where do I locate Freedom Cry to play on XBOX 1? I purchased it last night and couldn't locate it anywhere on/in the game. What am I missing?

Zac
Zac

Do I need to own the game to play this? I have the Wii u version of the game so would I be able to buy the dlc on my Xbox and play it individually or would I have to buy the whole game for Xbox?

david
david

Will there be a part 2 to freedom cry or will it go to the orchid or jaguar and a story line of after kennway or before

Ben
Ben

So...I downloaded and installed freedom cry...but I can't figure out how to play it....I'm using PS4...to the right of my existing game completion is the Aveline missions...where is the freedom cry missions?

Deanna
Deanna

ATTENTION THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS COMMENT!! I'm really hoping they make a dlc for Mary Read/ James Kidd. She was my favorite character and when she died I was devastated.....I really want them to investigate the character more and go more in depth with her story.....maybe even make an alternate ending where she escapes the prison and doesn't die

Elric3000
Elric3000

Wait a moment...

I haven't bought the Season Pass yet, as most of it pertains to Multiplayer, which is all land based and didn't really excite me too much. But I'm considering it, given that it in addition to the Freedom Cry DLC, and maybe more who knows, it gives you a discount on LIBERATION HD.

BUT...let me get this straight, because I didn't see this advertised.

It DOES come with the Bonus DLC? I'm referring to the Black Island, Mystery Island, and Sacrifice Island missions, along with those scattered Gold ULC chests that give you Reales and other goodies?

stickmode
stickmode

No, even I have the money I will never buy a Ps4 or Xbone. I have all what I need on my Wii U, so let's begin Ubisoft and release the freedom cry DLC for Wii U along the PC version.

Phiphthvyoo
Phiphthvyoo

To the Wii U players: Should have bought a PS4.

Here endeth the lesson.

walmart_assassin
walmart_assassin

been waiting since release to play it on xbox one, downloaded it the instant it dropped and its so bugged out i have not been able to play it almost at all, after 5 attempts i made it past the initializing downloadable content screen, just to play the first mission that glitched out and the destination marker was 10m underground. restarted game, stuck again and initializing dlc screen yet again, tried at least 20+ more times and its now the 19th and i have yet to play...

Olivier
Olivier

Can someone from Ubisoft explain why this is not released on WiiU? Is it planned to be released at later date or never? The question has been asked about five times now. Thank you.

Kopeke675649
Kopeke675649

I dont get why this isnt on the wii u even though on the wii u version it tells you about this dlc and to buy its season pass.

Jamie Bryce
Jamie Bryce

I went onto my ps3 version of the game, having already purchased the season pass, but I cannot find the download for it anywhere! Can someone please help!

Gary
Gary

I'm tired of Ubisoft screwing over PC gamers. I paid just as much as console owners ($80 Gold with Season Pass). My money is just as good as theirs and yet I don't get the DLC on time and you guys say it will be released "in the coming days." How unprofessional! And you wonder why people pirate games.

Andrew
Andrew

I am from Russia. I play Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Today, December 17, the release date of DLC Freedom Cry, but in Russia Season Pack holders have not received this DLC.

Mipatin
Mipatin

I'm from Finland and I wan't to know when Freedom Cry will be released? It is already 17th Dec, but nothing yet. :/

andre
andre

I have a season pass but I am still not able to find the dlc and it has not downloaded to my ps3 or ps4 what do I need to do or is there a time its supposed to be released, im in chicago

Hl_earp
Hl_earp

Last thing...will there be another DLC pertaining to Edward and the Templar who went back to England? Edward made a promise at the end of the story that he would kill him. Just wondering.

Hl_earp
Hl_earp

I agree with Cody up above. I need the El Impoluto gear for the Jackdaw. It says it is based on community challenges. I am at 100 percent completion except for this. Also I have seen the Edward Kenway family sword. Any idea if this is being given in an up coming download. Finally I would like to ask...there anyway your graphic designers could add Altair's dagger in the sheath? Since ACII this has never happened and it makes the Altair skin look incomplete. Altair never had an empty dagger sheath on his back.

Hl_earp
Hl_earp

It's Dec 17th and waiting for the ACIV Adewale release. What time today? I'm in central part of U.S.

Yourmama
Yourmama

Its the 17th where is it? not on ps4 yet. Any response ubi?

shaftspager@gmail.com
shaftspager@gmail.com

shenanagins

“The PC version of the Freedom Cry DLC for Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag will release in the coming days. We are taking the extra time to apply a final layer of polish to ensure that it meets the expectations of our fans.”

Ugurkan
Ugurkan

Will be Complete version coming anywhere i dont have credit card to buy on ps4

Glenn
Glenn

Why can't i start freedom cry dlc

Hoku
Hoku

just wondering if AC Liberation HD is available for digital download does that mean you have to be online to play this game

George
George

Hi im one of the many big fans of assassins creed on Puerto Rico ,and I was first excited to hear about a new assassins creed taking place at the caribbean but when I got Black Flag I notice Puerto Rico wasnt in the map. It would be nice if you guys at like a mission on the DLC in Puerto Rico too. Thumps up for Blsck Flag btw.

Tasi Alabastro
Tasi Alabastro

I'm absolutely excited to get back into the World of AC4. I think that's one of the most wonderful draws of this series - the relation to history. It's fascinating. I play, I learn, I grow more curious - and then I learn some more! I know it'll be released on the 17th, but is there an exact time, PST? I'd love to get the jump on it for my gaming channel.

vikash
vikash

cant wait to play the game......expecting more from this....vengeance everywhere.....

Rob
Rob

fix the abstergo challenges guys?, also any tips on how to beat the "beginners" in games because they are not for beginners :)

shikhmosa
shikhmosa

i need reply please send it on my email as message please please

shikhmosa
shikhmosa

i always want to be one of ubisoft company

Cody
Cody

When is the next community challenge release date. I got AC 4 when it came out and I beat the story mode in 8 days at 94 percent. I have bought every thing I can every thing is built fully upgraded and I am now at 95 percent and I only need three more things and I can't get them because they are collected by completing a community challenge. So if anyone knows could you please tell me I would be much appreciative. Thank you

AmrSaad
AmrSaad

It is vary good game

Mike
Mike

Heard about the AC Liberation HD that will be available for download in mid-january. Will it be available on disc or only through download? Thanks for answering.

Ryan
Ryan

Well, if it's not coming for Wii U, Ubisoft is missing out on my money. I would have bought this AND Liberation HD.

Yousef
Yousef

Finally an assassin that is not tied to the desmond lineage. Lets hope that this character will make ubisoft go in the previous direction as in ac1,2 and 3.

luciano
luciano

that DLC looks awesome, a real expansion to the main game. Im curious about the pre order bonuses, any news about when, or if these packs will be available for download?

Carolina
Carolina

Will there be a single player dlc about Mary Read?

Kevin
Kevin

Seriously. Ubisoft should not be short changing it's Wii U supporters! After experiencing Ac3 with the gamepad I couldn't go back to playing with one screen. Freedom Cry is the most interesting piece of DLC to come to the series in some time. I have no problem paying $10 for Freedom cry, but it seems more important for Ubi to snub Nintendo fans. First omitting local multiplayer from Blacklist and now this. Really great to see how Ubi values customer loyalty by providing us with inferior products.

Artyom
Artyom

i REALLY REALLY REALLY hope so. I'm in love with that character. The best by far.

patrick
patrick

do i have to be online to play freedom cry if its already been purchased?