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Assassin's Creed 4 release date revealed through trailer countdown site

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After revealing the sequel's gun-strapped hero on the box art (opens in new tab) of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag , Ubisoft wasted no time in preparing a debut trailer (opens in new tab) to leap from its towering marketing mast. A countdown ticks away the trailer's launch in three days, but DarkZero (opens in new tab) switched on its Eagle Vision and found a now-deleted hidden URL displaying a banner (opens in new tab) proclaiming an October 29 release date for the radically piratical fourth-quel.

Simply adding a "v" to the end of the trailer announcement's web address (opens in new tab) sent you to the banner, a crazily minute addition that makes me wonder if DarkZero's spot borders on sorcery. Both banner and address no longer exist, of course, having been stabbed in the face by Ubisoft's swift assassin response team.

The October release window lines up with previous autumn launches of an Assassin's Creed game, though PC versions tended to trail behind by a few months because of lingering bugs and...well, just because. Perhaps we'll enjoy this Creed sans delays this time around. In the meantime, check back right here on Monday for our full preview.

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?