Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag – Everything We Know So Far
Assassin’s Creed could be setting sail on a pirate-themed adventure for the next game in the series, Black Flag.
NowGamer picks apart all the rumours, images and speculation to bring you a go-to guide to Assassin’s Creed 4 so far.
Pirate Setting & Time Period
Leaked images online show a poster which seems to prove the next Creed will be all about the pirate’s life and set in 1715.
This suggests the game will take one of Assassin’s Creed 3’s redeeming features – its ship-based combat on the high seas – and expand it into a full experience, with a stylistic sheen of piracy on top.
We’d expect missions set across several islands, with you free to sail your ship between ports, discover coastal towns, engage in open-seas battles and explore the area from behind the wheel of your enormous ship, perhaps discovering hidden islands or reaching the edge of the world, Pirates Of The Carribean 3 style.
The Carribbean Islands
The leaked map (revealed on the same site) shows we’ll be treated to exploring at least the Carribbean, with areas including Havana, the coastlands of Florida, Andreas. the Cayman Islands and Cape Bonavista.
Though this cluster of lands looks like it could pack plenty of variety, it does still seem fairly small, so we wouldn’t be surpised if other sets of islands also surfaced, each group of islands behaving like one ‘city’ did in GTA:San Andreas (perhaps with more islands being added as DLC).
Rumours suggest Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas could also make their way into the game, each sure to offer a tonal and stylistic shift from the last.
Ubisoft has already confirmed a new character will be introduced in Assassin’s Creed 4, doing away with Connor after only one title.
According to rumblings, the main character’s name is Edward Kenway, father of Haytham Kenway from the third game.
Edward is supposedly a privateer, assassin and pirate, rolled into one – sure to be an interesting mix of traits which should work well for a new, pirate-based story.
Black Flag is allegedly already running on Xbox 360, but we’d be very surprised if Ubisoft wasn’t targeting every major console including PS3, PC, Wii U and currently unreleased systems such as PS4 and Xbox 720, with the next-gen versions potentially scaled off a higher-spec PC game.
Creed games usually drop at Christmas, but given Ubisoft’s announcement that the title will fall in the next financial year (so, before 1 April 2014), it’s equally likely the game won’t release until next spring, especially considering Ubisoft hasn’t officially shown any screens yet.
Rumours circling the interweb allege the next Assassin’s could pack in a co-op drop-in, drop-out campaign mode.
It’s an idea the devs have toyed with in the past during development, but never implemented.
Talking to OXM, Assassin’s Creed mission director Philippe Bergon recently revealed the 2007 title once featured an ‘ambitious’ co-op mode but it was later shelved.
He said: “Before we knew about the Desmond story and Animus link, we had a huge co-op component in there but it just became too hard to do: the engine couldn’t support it, and then the metaphor we had above it didn’t support it.
“Co-op was one of those big things at the beginning that just didn’t make sense in the end. For us it was really part of the single player experience. “To have in-and-out co-op, and in the end we never thought it made sense in the storyline that we had for the Animus.”
It Was Leaked On An Aeroplane
About a month ago, a user on Reddit claimed to have seen Black Flag and its logo on the laptop screen of someone in front of them. Given this week’s leaks, it looks like they were right.
Credit where it’s due: “I was on a flight where the lady in the row in front of me was working on a powerpoint presentation on marketing strategies of several gaming titles.
“And one that stood out the most was AC4: Black Flags, aimed for release 2013 Holiday season according to her slide. It already had a cool looking logo for it.”
Around that time, NowGamer put together a set of info about the game based on Ubisoft’s teases – read it here.