While Sony remains mum on the subject, new comments from a member of the "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag" dev team revealed the PS4 release date could be coming a little earlier than many gamers originally expected.

Rumors and speculation regarding the PS4 release date have run rampant for months, long before Sony actually confirmed the PlayStation 4's existence back in February; however, new comments from an "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag" dev offer the first real hint at a possible PS4 release date since Sony's console announcement last month.

While a number of PS4 games and accessories were discussed and shown off during the PlayStation Meeting, information on the PS4 release date and price remained conspicuously absent. Sony did announce that the PlayStation 4 would launch sometime during the 2013 holiday season, but the company has refused to elaborate on that time table in the weeks since.

In fact, the company wouldn't even discuss reports that the European PS4 launch would be pushed to 2014, with one Sony executive even seeming to acknowledge the possibility in an interview late last month. When Destination PlayStation came and went without any news on the PlayStation 4 release date, many assumed it would be at least June before gamers were treated to any new information. on the PS4 release date.

Now, "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag" creative director Jean Guesdon is suggesting the PlayStation 4 could be in-stores by the end of October, telling Outside Xbox that all planned version of "AC4" will be shipping at the same time. While retailers like GameStop or Amazon could obviously be planning to sit on their stock of "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag" copies for Playstation 4 or Xbox 720, the announcement certainly seems to suggest that the PS4 release date could be coming before Halloween 2013.

With "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag" set to hit stores on Oct. 29 (Nov. 1 for Europe), many will likely be surprised by the new possibility of a mid-/late-October 2013 launch window for the PlayStation 4, considering the tenth month of the year is typically not considered to be part of the holiday season. While most gamers likely expected to see the PS4 release date arrive well before Christmas, we also suspect that there weren't many who really expected Sony's next console to release before mid-/late-November at the earliest.

Do you think the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 will really be on store shelves in time for the "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag" release date on October 29? Could Guesdon simply have misspoken, instead meaning to say that the current generation iterations of "AC4" will all launch at the same time?

Let us know in the comments section!

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