The game takes us to the Carribean Sea where young pirate and Assassin in training Edward Kenway hunts the Templars. If you can raid some ships in the meantime that’s a pretty good deal don’t you think?
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – which is the complete title of the game – is set in the golden age for pirates. In the early 18th century several European powers battled over the riches the new world had to offer. A lot of young men got recruited into the military that way to search for glory and fortune in Amerika. In 1713 there was a pact that ended the fighting and brought peace to the coast of Amerika. Loads of men lost their jobs and there weren’t enough riches in the mainland to support everybody. Driven to despair, these men fell into a life of crime and so came the pirates.
Do not expect a Jack Sparrow clone. Ubisoft made it clear they want to bring the rougher side of the pirate life and not the Disney version of it. Famous pirates like Blackbeard, who is a really good friend and mentor of Edward, will be in the game and show you that piracy is not a fantasy, but a hard reality.
We’re in the Carribean and the whole region is our playground. There are three big cities ingame: Kingston, Havana and Nassau which all have their own characteristics. The most remarkable city is most definitely Nassau, it’s a name not many people will know. Nassau was also called The Pirate’s Republic. It was a region completely controlled by pirates where they created their own community. Some sort of safehaven. However, how safe can you really be among a gang of pirates?
The developers wanted to create a real open world so they got rid of the loading screens. You can just lower your anchor in front of the coast, jump in the water and swim ashore to explore that idyllic island.
Next to the current platforms, Assassin’s Creed 4 will be released on the Playstation 4 at launch. What the big difference is between the next-gen and current-gen consoles isn’t exactly clear yet. We’ll have to wait for more information on that but in the meantime you can start scrubbing that deck!
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