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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  1. Omar on December 12, 2013
    Will there be any other single player dlc releasing as well? And is this a one part dlc unlike AC III?
    • Gary Steinman | Communications Manager Author on December 12, 2013
      Adewale's story is fully delivered in this one DLC. So it's not divided into parts. We'll have more details on the DLC (gameplay) and Adewale in the next few days!
      • roberto on December 13, 2013
        but will there be other single player dlc?
  2. Teddy on December 12, 2013
    Finally! Some ASSASSIN focus. That is all I want.
  3. saigo on December 12, 2013
    why not for wii u :/ dammit
  4. thomas on December 12, 2013
    Gary is freedom cry going to be free roam ??
    • Gary Steinman | Communications Manager Author on December 12, 2013
      We're gonna have a gameplay preview feature up in a day or two, so we'll cover those details there. Stay tuned...!
      • thomas on December 12, 2013
        thanks for replying :)
  5. GRANT on December 12, 2013
    Wait, is this it? The only single-player DLC? I paid for a season pass and this is all I got? This is an outrage! I don't want the extra multiplayer characters, I want more great AC4, and this is all I get? It would be cheaper to just buy this and not the season pass! Ridiculous!
    • Zach on December 13, 2013
      You knew that going into the Season Pass... it explicitly states that it comes with the Kraken Ship Pack, MP Character Pack, and the 3+ hour single player campaign Freedom Cry. No more, no less.
    • Brian on December 13, 2013
      Actually you get pretty much all the dlc. Including all the retail preorders bonuses (aq bunch of exclusive islands that and collectors edition DLC also it includes the Crusader and noble pack which gives Edward Ezio and Altair's weapons as well as sales based off them . I don't belive it includes any of the Mcfarlane action figure dlc which a bunch of weapons and customization items. If Freedom Cry was all that you were after than yes you should have just purchased it. Ubisoft has never even hinted that Freedom Cry wouldn't be the only story DLC You assumed there would be more. So that's your fault. http://www.joystiq.com/2013/10/08/ubisoft-reveals-assassins-creed-4-season-pass-content/
  6. DeafAtheist on December 13, 2013
    I'd be more excited about this if I could actually access the DLC included in the season pass that's already available.
  7. ömür on December 13, 2013
    Çok güzel ben bitirtim hem pc hemde ps4 de mükemmel 5 şi bekliyortuz mükemmel.
  8. Nick Kohler on December 13, 2013
    serious question, how do companies such as yourself and EA get away with releasing games in the state they are, I have 3 buried chest treasure maps that don't appear in my inventory, 1 of them includes a ship upgrade and no I will not buy the stupid time saver to fix something that is required for an achievement that SHOULD be obtainable. the quality of the statue released this year is absolutely appalling, both the blackbeard statue and replacement statue have a faulty base, the mast in the buccaneer and black chest editions don't click in properly
    • Nick Kohler on December 13, 2013
      also why make a season pass for DLC then not be able to download said DLC as part of the season pass
    • n3mur1t0r on December 17, 2013
      Dude chill, you need to play Kenway's Fleet and unlock all destinations in order to find the last buried chest maps. The are guides out there you know.I played the PC version and I was impressed at how polished it was. Great job Ubi, looking forward for the DLC!
  9. Steve on December 13, 2013
    It's disgusting that Wii U owners are not getting this.
  10. Vespasian on December 13, 2013
    Nick... All three are gained from the fleet... So er... Yeah... Calm down
    • John on December 16, 2013
      Only one treasure map is gained from the fleet, all the others are found in open play, nick also said that he had the maps but couldn't do anything with them... So er... Yeah get your facts right
  11. Xiox on December 13, 2013
    Are you serious? Your writers lack some serious inspiration that's for sure.
  12. Oscar Rey on December 13, 2013
    Why not on Wii U? Many people including me paid 60 dollars to play AC4 on Wii U, and I'd happly pay for this new DLC. Please let Wii U users expand the glorious story of Black Flag through this DLC.
  13. Carolina on December 13, 2013
    Will there be a single player dlc about Mary Read?
    • Artyom on February 9, 2014
      i REALLY REALLY REALLY hope so. I'm in love with that character. The best by far.
  14. luciano on December 13, 2013
    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?
  15. Yousef on December 13, 2013
    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.
  16. Ryan on December 13, 2013
    Well, if it's not coming for Wii U, Ubisoft is missing out on my money. I would have bought this AND Liberation HD.
  17. Mike on December 13, 2013
    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.
    • Gary Steinman | Communications Manager Author on December 13, 2013
      It's a digital title available for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, via download.
  18. AmrSaad on December 14, 2013
    It is vary good game
  19. Cody on December 14, 2013
    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
  20. shikhmosa on December 14, 2013
    i always want to be one of ubisoft company
  21. shikhmosa on December 14, 2013
    i need reply please send it on my email as message please please
  22. Rob on December 14, 2013
    fix the abstergo challenges guys?, also any tips on how to beat the "beginners" in games because they are not for beginners :)
  23. vikash on December 14, 2013
    cant wait to play the game......expecting more from this....vengeance everywhere.....
  24. Tasi Alabastro on December 16, 2013
    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.
  25. George on December 16, 2013
    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.
  26. Hoku on December 16, 2013
    just wondering if AC Liberation HD is available for digital download does that mean you have to be online to play this game
  27. Glenn on December 17, 2013
    Why can't i start freedom cry dlc
  28. Ugurkan on December 17, 2013
    Will be Complete version coming anywhere i dont have credit card to buy on ps4
  29. shaftspager@gmail.com on December 17, 2013
    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.”
  30. Yourmama on December 17, 2013
    Its the 17th where is it? not on ps4 yet. Any response ubi?
  31. Hl_earp on December 17, 2013
    It's Dec 17th and waiting for the ACIV Adewale release. What time today? I'm in central part of U.S.
    • shaftspager@gmail.com on December 17, 2013
      if you are on pc. dont hold your breath
  32. Hl_earp on December 17, 2013
    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.
  33. Hl_earp on December 17, 2013
    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.
  34. andre on December 17, 2013
    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
  35. Mipatin on December 17, 2013
    I'm from Finland and I wan't to know when Freedom Cry will be released? It is already 17th Dec, but nothing yet. :/
  36. Andrew on December 17, 2013
    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.
  37. Gary on December 17, 2013
    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.
  38. Jamie Bryce on December 17, 2013
    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!
    • Jamie Bryce on December 17, 2013
      P.S I'm from Scotland
  39. Kopeke675649 on December 17, 2013
    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.
  40. Olivier on December 18, 2013
    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.
  41. walmart_assassin on December 19, 2013
    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...
    • Gary Steinman | Communications Manager Author on December 19, 2013
      Hi friend. Sorry about the woes. We can't help you with that on the blog, but please file a ticket with Ubisoft Support, and they'll be sure to sort you out. https://support.ubi.com/en-us/
  42. Phiphthvyoo on December 19, 2013
    To the Wii U players: Should have bought a PS4.Here endeth the lesson.
  43. stickmode on December 22, 2013
    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.
    • Kevin on December 28, 2013
      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.
  44. Elric3000 on December 27, 2013
    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?
  45. Deanna on January 5, 2014
    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
  46. Ben on January 8, 2014
    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?
    • Gary Steinman | Communications Manager Author on January 8, 2014
      Hi, Ben. It should be there. Click on the "Aveline" window and it should give you the choice of Freedom Cry or the Aveline extra content.
      • patrick on February 21, 2014
        do i have to be online to play freedom cry if its already been purchased?
  47. david on January 8, 2014
    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
  48. Zac on January 28, 2014
    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?
  49. JESSE on January 30, 2014
    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?
  50. игорь on February 6, 2014
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  51. patrick on February 21, 2014
    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...
  52. Joe on March 2, 2014
    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.

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