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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.[2]

The game was also released as part of Assassin's Creed: The Rebel Collection for the Nintendo Switch on December 6, 2019.


While attempting to intercept Templar activities in the Caribbean Sea, Adéwalé is shipwrecked off the coast of Haiti. Making his way into Port-au-Prince, he establishes that the Templars are working with Bastienne Josèphe, the proprietor of a local brothel and a sympathizer to the Maroons, a faction of freedom fighters made up of liberated slaves led by Augustin Dieufort. Despite his obligations to the Brotherhood of Assassins, Adéwalé becomes sympathetic to their cause, and joins with the Maroons in hijacking a vessel, the Experto Crede, in order to interrupt the slave trade.

Whilst working for Bastienne, Adéwalé begins to uncover a conspiracy within the French provincial government ruling Port-au-Prince. The local governor, Pierre de Fayet, plans a clandestine scientific expedition to measure the curvature of the earth and gather geographical data, which they intend to sell to the highest bidder with the promise of naval superiority. Adéwalé successfully sabotages the expedition by substituting the illiterate slaves being used by the expedition for literate members of the Maroons.

Tensions begin to rise within the Maroons when Adéwalé plots further raids against the slave trade. Bastienne objects, as de Fayet will only harm those trapped in slavery further as punishment. Adéwalé ignores her, but is horrified when he witnesses a frigate fire on an unarmed slave ship to prevent the slaves from joining the Maroons. Adéwalé boards the slave ship and manages to save a few slaves from drowning before the ship capsizes with the rest. He plans retribution, but Bastienne cautions that taking revenge will weaken the Maroons' cause; if Adéwalé is to kill de Fayet, then he should do so acting as an agent of justice.

After assaulting the Governor's Mansion, pursuing him through the city and fighting off a local garrison, Adéwalé finally corners and kills de Fayet, who claims that slaves are incapable of self-governance and turn to armed uprising at the slightest provocation. Adéwalé points out that none of the slaves or overseers came to the his aid, and instead let him die. After killing de Fayet, Adéwalé returns to Bastienne, promising to leave Port-au-Prince for good, but pledging to use his newfound convictions to aid people who are oppressed rather than the cause of their would-be liberators.


  1. The Calm Before the Storm
  2. A Common Enemy
  3. Laying the First Brick
  4. A Ship of His Own
  5. Lifting the Veil
  6. A Scientific Inquiry
  7. Plant the Seeds
  8. Down with the Ship
  9. De Fayet's Last Stand


Unlike the majority of Black Flag, Freedom Cry was written by Jill Murray, while the soundtrack was composed by Olivier Derivière.[3]

In an interview, Ubisoft said Freedom Cry would include hints towards the next Assassin's Creed game.[4]

In the standalone version, sea shanties do not play while sailing through the open world.



  1. YouTube Freedom Cry DLC Trailer Featuring Adewale|Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag [UK] on the Ubisoft YouTube channel
  2. Assassin's Creed Freedom Cry. Ubisoft. Archived from the original on 17 February 2016. Retrieved on 14 May 2014.
  3. Usher, Will (17 December 2023). Assassin's Creed 4 Interview: Olivier Deriviere Talks Freedom Cry. Gaming Blend. Future US. Archived from the original on 9 December 2023. Retrieved on 12 January 2014.
  4. Phillips, Tom (14 February 2014). Assassin's Creed 4 DLC: new locations and AC5 hints. Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on 15 August 2023. Retrieved on 18 February 2014.