Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, for the past two weeks I’ve felt that the amount of information that’s been ‘leaked‘ has led me to know more about this game more than my own existence. Now Ubisoft have revealed all the information we need to know about the newest addition to the Assassin’s Creed franchise including the release date, images, plot set up and trailers, so the time of rumor is over and the mass of AC posts that have flooded the internet should calm down. With that said here is everything you could possibly need to know about Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Assassin’s Creed IV is not a continuation of any of the previous Assassin’s story’s (Desmond , Altaïr, Ezio,Conner), nor is it an incremental update (Brotherhood, Revelations), instead Black Flag is a brand new title that promises to expand upon the the vast world set by it’s predecessors.
Black Flag’s story will (as the name suggests), be featured around a Pirate theme this time, taking place in the Caribbean in the early 18th century (Yarr…). Your Assassin protagonist will be in the form of Edward Kenway, a former British Sailor fo the Royal Navy turned to a life of Piracy (and not the illegal download variety). Kenway’s story will be one betrayal and revenge whilst balancing his dealings with the Assassin’s Brotherhood and the formation of the Pirate fraternity.
As is the tradition in the Assassin’s Creed series, you can expect to bump into a whole host of famous faces throughout your travels, including the likes of; Ben Hornigold, Anne Bonnym Charles Vanem Calico Jack and Edward Teach, better known as the Legendary Pirate Captian Blackbeard.
During your time in the world of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black flag, you will get the chance to explore a massive world of 50 locations that span islands, cities and ports such as Havana, Kingston and Nassau. Within this world you’ll discover many hidden locations too that are not tied into the main story line for your discovery including; hidden coves, underwater ship wrecks, commercial sugar plantations, idyllic coconut isles and dense jungles. You’ll notice the word ‘underwater’ in that list meaning that, yes you will have more than the land to explore in this swashbuckling adventure.A link in the story of Assassin’s Creed III can be established early on, as the character of Edward Kenway is the Father of Haythem Kenway, who was the Assassin you’d play as in the opening of AC:3 and father to Conner. Obviously this makes Conner the Grandson of Edward, but also shows where Connor’s British heritage originates from.
A massive improvement brought to the Assassin’s Creed series through Black flags is the elimination of that boxed-in feeling you’d get through not just AC, but any open world RPG on the market. Artificial barriers have been completely scrapped, opening up the world to sail and discover. Not all locations will be available to you right away until you upgrade and customise your ship (the Jackdow) with more firepower to get past guarded areas and take on massive galleons. It’s not just other ships you’ll have to worry about whilst sailing the seven seas, as Whales are out there and they are huge! But nothing a bit of Harpooning couldn’t solve (just wait for that PETA uproar for encouraging Whaling).
Multiplayer will return with brand new modes, though we can’t really go into it until Ubisoft reveal more for us to go on, so we’ll keep em’ peeled.
As mentioned previously, Desmond Miles is out of the picture (with his story wrapping up at the end of Assassin’s Creed III), instead an brand new protagonist will steep in his shoes for the modern-day segments. Creative Director Jean Guesdon has said at the Assassin’s Creed IV press event that the lead protagonist will be you, the player. Wherever this means a creatable character will fill the role or some other more personalised experience will be put in place, we’re no sure. Currently there no names for the new Atimus user, so for now it seems that we’ll have to wait for more information. Whoever you play as in the modern day, you will be tasked with solving the mystery behind Absergo Entertainment, who the Animus and released it as a games console with the release of their game Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation (in the real world, on the PlayStation Vita).
All of the footage available is apparently running on current-gen software, though the title has been announced for the upcoming PlayStation 4 , so expect extra shininess videos at some point.
Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag is scheduled for release on the 29th October for XBox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PC and PlayStation 4. As yet there has been no word to suggest that the title will come to Microsoft’s new console (though that could have something to do with it not being revealed yet), but we’ll keep you updated as new details become available.
PlayStation 3 and 4 versions of the game will contain an extra 60 minutes of exclusive content, while the PlayStation 4 will feature new controls that will encompass the DuelShock 4’s touch pad.