2013-03-04

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – It’s a Pirate’s Life

by Yo Snyder

Assassin’s Creed III
accomplished that rare feat of taking well established franchise and actually
improving on it. This wasn’t accomplished so much through gameplay innovation
as it was through setting. Moving the storyline to the American Revolution was
a stroke of genius that breathed new life into the series and made for one of
the most compelling narratives in the series thus far. It also introduced naval
warfare, which was not only outstanding, but apparently it was a sort of “backdoor
pilot” for the next game in the series. Yes, Assassin’s Creed IV has been announced (which is crazy since I
haven’t even finished ACIII yet), and it’s taking to the high seas. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has you
being more than assassin, now you get to be an assassin pirate. Doesn’t that
sound cool?

Black Flag is set
in the early 18th century during the “golden age of pirates” and
will feature encounters with many of the most notorious buccaneers of the era
including Blackbeard, Calico Jack and Benjamin Hornigold. The game will allow
you to captain your own pirate ship as well as customize it; probably an
expanded version of what you got to do in ACIII. You’ll engage in fun stuff
like hunting for treasure, explore underwater shipwrecks and more. The game
boasts over 50 different areas to explore all throughout the Caribbean.

The star this time around is a brash, young privateer named
Edward Kenway, and it’ll be interesting to see how a young pirate gets caught
up with the ongoing conflict between the Templars and the Assassins. As for how
this story will connect with the “future”, or our present, fans will be either
pleased or discouraged to hear that will continue to be the case, although it
will no longer be connected with Desmond’s story. In fact, this time it will
somehow incorporate the player as the connection between past and present.

As for platforms, it seems as though this game will straddle
the generations. It has been confirmed for the PS4, and undoubtedly will make
an appearance on whatever the next Xbox is, but will also show up on the Xbox
360, the PS3 and the WiiU. All in all, it seems that ACIII wasn’t quite as
ambitious as this series can get as ACIV looks to up the ante quite
considerably. We’ll have more details on the game, which releases October 29th,
as we collect them. In the meantime, let us know what you think of what you’ve
seen so far in the comments below. Is a piratical AC game a good idea? Might
this game be even better than ACIII? Are you at all tired of the annual
iterations of the franchise? Will being stuck between console generations help
or hurt this game?