Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Everything we know, and more as we find it
by Nicholas Laborde
©2013 Nicholas Laborde
Yes, it’s about pirates, and as it turns out, we predicted it yet again. No big deal!
Now, you may be experiencing a bit of sensory overload because of the information being scattered about all over the place.
Fear not! OXCGN has you covered.
In this article, we have pieced together everything we know about Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and we will continue to update this article as we find more.
A series first, Black Flag will take place before Assassin’s Creed III. Beginning in 1715, the game follows Edward Kenway, the father of Assassin’s Creed III‘s Haytham Kenway, in the golden age of pirates and piracy.
Edward is described as more of a cocky, Ezio-esque character motivated by infamy. The following pirates, in addition to Blackbeard, are mentioned to be a part of the story.
Unfortunately, that just about cuts off what we know in terms of the story.
Beginning with Black Flag, this is the story of you, the player, and your looks into the lives of other assassins.
Now, let’s delve into the gameplay details!
Ubisoft is touting Black Flag as the first open-world naval game, and it very rightly deserves that honor. They emphasize that it is a massive, seamless world that allows players to switch between land and open seas quickly and without a hitch.
The game will contain roughly fifty — yes, 50 — locations throughout the seas (the extent of which we do not know). Supposedly, the gameplay is split 60/40 between land and ship, respectively.
Some notable locations are below.
The world is being built to allow players much more freedom with a new concept known as the Horizon System. You’re out on the open sea, and you spot land. Want to come in to shore? No problem.
Simply bring up your spyglass, select your location, and then you’ll drop anchor and get out, all in a seamless fashion.
The player’s ship, the Jackdaw — described as the second main character — is fully customizable, allowing players to live out their ultimate pirate fantasies. The spyglass will let you examine details of distant ships, such as their cargo and strength, to help determine if you would survive an engagement.
Oh, and about ship battles: you can now completely engage, board, and capture ships in real time. The system is completely dynamic, so finally, we truly do get to spot a ship and take it over if we wish. Players can board ships in classic pirate fashion via a new rope tool, or by stealthily climbing up the side.
In addition to all of this new emphasis on the ship, players will have to manage their crew who not only can die in battle, but can be lost by natural causes such as massive storms. While on land, Edward will have to recruit more sailors to keep things ship-shape.
Black Flag will also build off of Far Cry 3′s hunting system, allowing Edward to dive underwater for treasure, or for more specific purposes, such as whaling or fighting sharks.
The world is described as the biggest and most ambitious AC environment ever, so you should never be bored in Black Flag.
Also, several new weapons will make their appearance, including:
- Dual swords
- Blowpipe with multiple kinds of darts (a la Liberation)
- The double hidden blades
- Heavy Axe
- The Rope Dart
Check out the two trailers below!
And now we wait…
Versions for next-gen consoles are confirmed, but those dates have not been announced.
The PlayStation 4 version is confirmed to have an hour of exclusive content.
Are you ready to fulfill the ultimate pirate fantasy?