Assassin’s Creed 4 ‘Will Have Open-Ended Assassinations’
In an interview with NowGamer at Gamescom, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag lead writer Darby McDevitt has told us that the latest entry in the Assassin’s Creed series will go back to its roots and provide more open-ended gameplay.
“The cities operate very similarly to the way Assassin’s Creed 2 did it,” explained McDevitt. “We brought it back to an Assassin’s Creed 1/Assassin’s Creed 2 style with open-ended assassination.”
The Assassin’s Creed series has been criticised at times for its linearity, so fans will now doubt be pleased to hear that Ubisoft intends to open things up a little with Black Flag.
Indeed, we asked McDevitt whether the decision to make Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag less linear was a direct response to criticism of Assassin’s Creed 3.
“I don’t know if it was a response to [it], beacuse we started developing the game a year before Assassin’s Creed 3 came out, but we were all fans of the open ended quality,” McDevitt responded.
“I think we were actually looking back at Assassin’s Creed Revelations and Assassin’s Creed 3, both of which had kind of gone towards a more linear Uncharted style of experience,” McDevitt continued.
“We wanted to go back to Assassin’s Creed 1/Assasson’s Creed 2 style open-ended assassinations, so even before we saw the result of what Assassin’s Creed 3 was doing, we just knew this was a philosophy we wanted to follow.”
McDevitt told us that while Assassin’s Creed 4’s protaganist, Edward Kenway, is more akin to Ezio than Connor in terms of his brashness and flamboyance, he is far from being a carbon copy.
“A lot of people wondered if he was going to be Ezio 2.0. I don’t think he is. I wrote him very differently,” McDevitt explained.
“He’s welsh but grew up in Bristol, at the age of 10, very poor, so he has the mentatlity of a kid who never had anything and wants everything, so that’s quite a counterpoint to Ezio who was born into wealth and is kind of a spolit brat. Edward is not a spoilt brat in any sense.”
McDevitt also told NowGamer that Assassin’s Creed 4: Blag Flag’s campaign will take around 20 hours.