Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Preview
developer: Ubisoft Montreal
genre: Action Adventure
|ESRB rating: RP
release date: Oct 29, 13
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The Assassin’s Creed games have been consistently moving through some of the most interesting eras in history, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag aims to be no exception with its focus on the 18th century in the Caribbean – the Golden Age of Pirates (Pirates. Why does it always have to be pirates? – Ed. Vader). Enter our new Assassin, Edward Kenway, pirate captain of The Jackdaw, who seems to be as notorious as any other famous ruffian on the high seas. Throughout his tale, he is an assassin to be sure, and has the hidden blades to prove it, but the focus appears to be more on the open world-ness instead of the tale of this particular Assassin’s Creed.
This looks like more than a leap of faith.
Most of the emphasis was placed on exploring each island Kenway comes across, learning whether it’s a fishing village, a plantation, or a place of ruins ripe with treasure. Also, Kenway can explore underwater shipwrecks and caves for more treasure expeditions (Now, that does sound awesome – Ed. Vader). However, doing so also means Kenway will have to defend himself against man-eating sharks.
Of course, pirates do more than hunt for treasure; they attack other ships! The naval battles from Assassin’s Creed III have returned in a far larger scale. When Kenway attacks another ship, he can also order his crew to the board the ship, which will get them to launch the grappling hooks over to the enemy ship and attaching the ships together. Then Kenway and his crew can leap and swing aboard and finish off the other crew. Or, if a ship happens to be a target for Kenway, Kenway can sneak through the madness and easily assassinate his man.
While Kenway does have the traditional hidden blades, he also has several weapons that are historically accurate for pirates of the day. For starters, he wields two cutlasses and he carries six guns. Since the firearms of the day took a long time to load -- see Assassin’s Creed III -- pirates often carried at least four pistols at all times so they could shoot more rapidly. With this dynamic, Kenway will be able to move and shoot at the same time, something that is quite unique to the Assassin’s Creed series.
We still don’t know much of Kenway’s story or background, something I hope we will learn about at least by E3 time. But one thing is pretty clear; this will probably be as close as most will get to see if a pirate’s life is for me.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will release on all current-gen platforms on October 29, 2013.
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