With last fall’s Assassin’s Creed III, Ubisoft wrapped up the story arc of bartender-turned-assassin Desmond Miles, as well as his ancestor assassins Altaïr ibn-La’Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, and Connor/Ratonhnhaké:ton. Gamers have explored ancient times and lands from the Middle East during the Crusades, to Renaissance Italy, to Revolutionary era America. Given how successful the franchise has been, there was no question we’d see more of the Assassin’s Creed universe, but now we’ve gotten out first real look at it. Check out the trailer for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag below.
While there are tons of eras and settings still ripe for exploration in future AC games, I’m pretty stoked at the prospect of buckling some swashes as pirate/assassin Captain Edward Kenway. I imagine we’ll be exploring multiple islands, and the naval warfare featured in AC III looks to play a big role in this one. I am curious if the game will follow up on Desmond and introduce a new protagonist in the “present,” through whose eyes and genetic lineage we’ll experience Kenway’s adventures. Honestly, at this point they could probably just abandon the whole “Animus” angle and just make new adventures in different eras and nobody would complain. The Desmond stuff was fun, but the real meat of the games has always been the flashback segments.
You can read the official synopsis below. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is set for release on October 29th, for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, and “next-generation consoles.”
It is 1715. Pirates rule the Caribbean and have established a lawless republic. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag introduces a young, cocky and fearsome captain named Edward Kenway. His skill with a sword and disdain for authority earn him the respect of pirate legends like Blackbeard, but thrust him into the ancient conflict between Assassins and Templars that threatens to destroy everything the pirates have built.