34 Million People Have Played The Best Assassin’s Creed Ever

10 years ago, Ubisoft launched Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, an open-world pirate-themed RPG that set the stage for the modern iteration of the long-running series by revitalizing its open-world exploration and adding remarkable naval combat. And in that time, millions of people have played the game.

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Ubisoft took to X (formerly Twitter, or whatever Elon Musk will change the social media’s name to in the middle of the night) on October 29 to announce that over 34 million people have played Black Flag since its 2013 launch.

That’s a staggering number of players for any game, especially one that’s a decade old. But Black Flag has aged better than most. It puts you in the boots of the Welsh pirate-turned-assassin Edward Kenway as he explores early 17th-century Caribbean seas to unravel an ancient mystery.

While its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed III, gave you a ship to command, Black Flag expanded on the vessel’s limited use, with thrilling sea battles that allowed you to dodge cannon fire and board ships to sink them in the deep blue. It also improved on some of Assassin’s Creed III’s failings, such as allowing you to freely enter and exit your ship without waiting for a loading screen, while putting less of an emphasis on the modern-day storytelling so you can just stab people to your heart’s content. This was the first game in the series to explore piracy, which Ubisoft brought back and refined in 2020’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which featured robust ship sailing and village pillaging mechanics.

In fact, it’s the ship steering that made Black Flag so revered. As former Kotaku staffer Luke Plunkett wrote in December 2017, this Assassin’s Creed game is great because of “how beautiful it was to simply sail over a calm sea at midnight,” and he ain’t wrong. Black Flag truly blew the door wide open on our expectations of what Assassin’s Creed could be thanks, in part, to the Jackdaw. Ubisoft’s worlds are typically huge, but Black Flag’s rendition of the Caribbean felt exceptionally massive with its connected waterways only traversable by sea. And the vastness of the ocean gave the game an eerie sense of isolation and intrigue, as you never knew what lurked in the distance in front of or below you. Ubisoft’s bloated design ethos may have fallen out of fashion, but Black Flag felt like lighting in a bottle.

Lots of folks reflected fondly on Black Flag to mark the occasion, many of them sharing their memories of the game in Ubisoft’s mentions. Black Flag ranks among the best Assassin’s Creed game to this day, and it nearly made the top of Kotaku’s very own ranked list.

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While most folks were getting misty-eyed about Black Flag, a few were hoping Ubisoft would either drop a current-gen patch for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, or just straight-up remaster the game. Kotaku reported earlier this year that a Black Flag remake is in the works, but Ubisoft still hasn’t officially confirmed it. Let’s just hope it isn’t stuck in Davy Jones’ Locker the same way the still-MIA RPG Skull and Bones has been.

Switch Loses Twitch App Most People Didn’t Even Know Existed

A Nintendo Switch sits on a table while showing the eShop.

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While it does have a handful of consumption apps like YouTube, Hulu, and Crunchyroll in the eShop, the Nintendo Switch is typically used for gaming and little else. That became a bit more true today, as the official Twitch app is getting tossed from Nintendo’s hybrid console.

Twitch arrived on the Switch in 2021. But though the official page for the Switch’s Twitch app promises “a flexible Twitch viewing experience” where you may “watch, follow, or interact with any broadcaster or channel live on Twitch,” you really could only do the watching part. Those who’ve messed with Twitch on the Switch are probably familiar with why it kinda sucked: You couldn’t really see the chat; you couldn’t just subscribe to streamers from the app; and you also couldn’t stream your own gameplay like you can with the Twitch apps on other consoles. It was the lightest version of the Twitch experience you can imagine, so it’s no surprise that it’s getting pulled. Twitch will disappear from the eShop on November 6, with it being fully removed from all machines by January 31, 2024.

Reaction on the internet has been pretty much what you’d expect. A top comment on Reddit responding to the Twitch app’s removal reads: “This is how I find out the Switch even had a Twitch app.”

There are a few people, though, who found some occasional value in the app.. “FWIW, it’s actually kinda clutch if you just want to throw a stream on your non-smart TV without swapping your HDMI cable to a laptop,” one comment on Reddit reads. “Kind of a niche use case, but has come in handy for me a few times in the past few years.”

“I actually use [the Twitch] app a lot,” reads another comment, “since I don’t have a smart TV and love having something to relax to in the evening. This genuinely sucks for me.”

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Given that even the iOS and Android versions of the Twitch app are more functional than the Switch app, its removal is no surprise. Still, I have to admire those who use their Nintendo console as somewhat of an entertainment Swiss army knife. Here’s hoping future Nintendo portables have better app support.