By Steve Wright
GAME NAME: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
PLATFORM(S): PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, PC, Wii U
GENRE(S): Action adventure
RELEASE DATE(S): 29 October 2013
If you've been hunting for buried treasure in the form of more Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag details, then you're in the right place. X marks the spot, in fact.
On the back of yesterday's premiere trailer, Ubisoft has now officially confirmed that you'll be playing as Edward Kenway, grandfather of ACIII's Connor. Kenway is the captain of "The Jackdaw", a menacing pirate ship that sailed in early 18th Century. As such, Black Flag will feature famous pirate-types like Blackbeard and Charles Vane over the course of its story.
Ubisoft isn't as open with details of Black Flag's modern-day story, however. After the events of ACIII, it's safe to say that Desmond Miles won't be featuring in the game. Ubisoft has admitted that the main character in the modern-day timeline will actually be a Templar, using the Animus to learn more about the Assassins.
Black Flag will expand upon the naval missions of ACIII to create a game that's essentially an open-world naval experience where you can tackle missions as you choose.
You read that right: as you choose. "We know that in AC3 there was a lot more handholding done, and we do want to go back to an older philosophy where we just present you with a simple objective and we let you choose the gameplay you want," said Ubisoft Montreal's Ashraf Ismail, Game Director of ACIV: Black Flag in an interview with Joystiq.
"We don't tell you 'go here, touch this thing, interact with this thing, push this guy' to accomplish the goal. It's really just where you need to be, get there as you wish," he continued.
There you have it, folks. Expect to sail around the open world between over 50 navigable locations, battling other ships, diving for treasure, and punching a shark or two in the face, just like a good pirate.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag has a release date scheduled for 29 October on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, whatever new Xbox we're getting, Wii U and PC.