Assassin's Creed IV
Developer: UBISOFT Montreal & More
Platforms: PC, 360, PS3, WiiU, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: October 29 for 360/WiiU/Ps3, November 19 for PC/PS4, November 21 for Xbox One
Assassinís Creed 4: Black Flag Despite the name is actually the Sixth main-line installment in the series. For the first time in Assassinís Creed, this new installment will actually go backwards in time from the previous installment. This game focuses on the early 18th century Caribbean, during the golden age of pirates. The player will step into the shoes of a young Edward Kenway, during his journey to become a legendary pirate. Edward Kenway is the father of Haytham Kenway, and Grandfather to Connor Kenway, the protagonist of Assassinís Creed 3.
In Assassinís Creed 4 you will be let loose upon the open world of the Caribbean Sea with your ship called The Jackdaw. You will be able to travel to the games more than 50 locations, including the 3 major cities of Havana, Nassau, and Kingston. You will also meet a large cast of characters, consisting of many legendary pirates like Blackbeard, Benjamin Hornigold, Anne Bonny, Charles Vane, and Calico Jack.
As always with Assassinís Creed there will still be the usual background story. The war between the assassins and the Templars is still a part of Black Flag, and as such will not be the pure pirate adventure game that many might have liked. The game is still Assassinís Creed by and large, but with additions like ship combat, hunting, underwater exploration, and perhaps a little "Next Generation" graphics (*only for next gen editions and PC) perhaps Ubisoft can earn back some fans disenfranchised by Assassinís Creed 3.
Regular on foot gameplay looks near Identical to Assassinís Creed 3, you can free run along rooftops, trees, boats, etc. just like AC3. Fighting looks pretty much the same, only difference being the removal of the tomahawk, and the addition of dual swords for Edward. Boat gameplay from AC3 has obviously been brought into Black Flag, but there have been some changes. You can now board any ship in the game; there is a spyglass that you can use to determine what supplies an enemy ship is carrying. Cannons now feature an arcing line that allows you to adjust for wave height when firing cannons, and swivel cannons are easier to lock on to targets. A few new weapon types were added to ships, and the Jackdaw can be customized and upgraded, giving you greater firepower, or defenses.
There is a new addition of underwater exploration, which allows you to dive under the waves in certain areas. Edward can use a device known as a diving bell to create a pocket of air, allowing him to stay underwater for extended periods of time. The playermust use stealth and evasion underwater to avoid sharks, which behave similarly to guards and will become alerted to you if you donít stay hidden. Underwater areas may also give players access to some secret areas similar to the mini ďdungeonsĒ that were started in AC2, you will not have access to your weapons in these areas, forcing you to rely on stealth.
Ubisoft has stated that they put some effort into improving the stealth In Assassinís Creed 4, which has often been left to the
wayside since the first game. The game takes a few things from a recent Ubisoft release Far Cry 3, such as hunting animals to directly create upgrades for your character, or climbing puzzle towers like the radio towers. Perhaps using some knowledge learned from Far Cry, Ubisoft may have improved the stealth in AC4; unfortunately this still remains to be seen.
Next Assassin's Creed Has New Hero, Time Period, Developer
The next Assassin's Creed title will take place in a new time period for the franchise, and stars a new protagonist. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said the "all-new Assassin's Creed hero, within an all new team and time period" will be "another major leap forward for the franchise" when it releases some time before April 2014.
"It is the benefit of multiple teams working on multiple chapters of the product," Guillemot said, "each getting several years to make their versions of an Assassin's Creed game."
Guillemot did not specify which "new team" is behind the development of the upcoming Assassin's Creed title, or whether it will release on current or future generation platforms.
The next chapter in Assassin's Creed III, The Tyranny of King Washington, releases on February 19.